The Million Dollar Mermaid

The Million Dollar Mermaid

Book - 1999
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The author offers her perspective on life during Hollywood's Golden Age, chronicling her youthful idealism, her training to be a star, and her own tempestuous personal life

Blackwell North Amer
Now comes Esther Williams's autobiography, all about an eighteen-year-old girl who reluctantly answers the siren call of MGM - at the time, the most powerful and prestigious movie studio in the world - and who soon finds herself launched on a career that will last more than twenty years, during which time she will help to create a genre of film that seems almost unimaginable today, yet which still holds all its original freshness and fascination, and who becomes during those years one of the world's top box office stars.
Williams calls MGM her "university," and the education she got there was one in how to project glamour and femininity, how to make yourself desirable while always, always playing the lady. No one who went through that university has ever written before with such absolute candor about what it was really like - the affairs, the gossip, the tricks of the trade, the competition, the deals, the fights, and the methods the studios had for keeping their stars in line.

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& Taylor

With refreshing honesty and insight, and plenty of entertaining anecdotes, a legendary film star offers her perspective on life during Hollywood's Golden Age, chronicling her youthful idealism, her training to be a star, and her own tempestuous personal life. 40,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York, NY : Simon & Schuster, c1999
ISBN: 9780684852843
0684852845
Branch Call Number: Biography W6712w
Characteristics: 416 p., [32] p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Diehl, Digby

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Jul 07, 2011

Funny and well written.

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