SATURDAY, OCTOBER 26th @ 4 pm @ the LARE!
The LARE is ready for its close-up!
The first event I did for a Stephen Michael Shearer book did not include Stephen. In his place, the legend Patricia Neal sat with me & signed copies of Stephen’s book about her, “Patricia Neal-An Unquiet Life”. That seemed to be a pretty good endorsement to me.
Stephen then was with us again for , “Beautiful: the Life of Hedy Lamarr”, and we had a wonderful evening and discussion.
I expect nothing less this time around either, and how can you go wrong when the subject is, “Gloria Swanson-the Ultimate Star”? Join us this Saturday @ 4 pm as we spend an afternoon paying tribute to one of the biggest names Hollywood has ever seen, SWANSON!
Gloria Swanson’s bestselling autobiography was published in 1980, but there hasn’t been a single full-length book written about her life until now. Stephen Michael Shearer’s GLORIA SWANSON: The Ultimate Star is the first in-depth biography of the film legend, from a fresh point of view, and using materials only recently made available through the Harry Ransom Center archives in Austin, Texas.
Most people so closely associate Swanson with her role in Sunset Boulevard that they assume it reflected her actual life. Shearer’s book will set the record straight on how she really spent her twilight years. Swanson’s stardom in the 1920s earned her millions of fans and millions of dollars.
Realizing her box-office value early in her career, Swanson took control of her life. Soon she was not only producing her own films, she was choosing her scripts, selecting her leading men, casting her projects, creating her own fashions, guiding her publicity, and living an extravagant and extraordinary lifestyle. She was scandalous, flamboyant, quotable, unpredictable and fans couldn’t get enough of her.
She also collected a long line of lovers (including Joseph P. Kennedy) and married men of her choosing (including a Marquis, thus becoming America’s “first” royalty). As a devoted and loving mother, she managed to successfully raise three children. Perhaps most importantly, as a keen businesswoman, she was also able to continue her career for more than sixty years, and her astounding comeback in Billy Wilder’s Sunset Boulevard not only catapulted her back into the limelight, but it also created her long misunderstood persona.
In this comprehensive biography, Shearer tells the life story of the woman who defined what it is to be a movie icon.
STEPHEN MICHAEL SHEARER is the author of Patricia Neal: An Unquiet Life and Beautiful: The Life of Hedy Lamarr. He has written for the Las Vegas Review-Journal and is also a former model and actor, having appeared on stage, television, and in film. Shearer currently resides in Minnesota and New York City.