Gods Like Us

Gods Like Us

On Movie Stardom and Modern Fame

eBook - 2012
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"How--and why--do we focus on those individuals we come to call stars? How does stardom both reflect and mask the person behind it? How have the image of stardom and our stars' images changed over the past hundred years? What does celebrity mean if people can become famous simply for being famous? Ty Burr answers these questions in this lively, wonderfully anecdotal history of stardom--both its blessings and its curses, for the star and the stargazer alike. From Florence Lawrence, Mary Pickford, and Charlie Chaplin, to Archie Leach (a.k.a. Cary Grant), Ruby Stevens (a.k.a. Barbara Stanwyck), and Marion Morrison (a.k.a. John Wayne), to Jim Belushi, Tom Cruise, and Julia Roberts, to such no-cal stars of today as the Kardashians and the new online celebrity (i.e., you and me), Burr takes us on a brilliantly insightful and entertaining journey through the modern fame game at its flashiest, its most indulgent, occasionally its most tragic and, ultimately, its most culturally revealing"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Pantheon, 2012
ISBN: 9780307907424
Branch Call Number: Overdrive eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xxiv, 413 p., [8] p. of plates) : ill


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Nov 25, 2013

Entertaining, if a little uneven, history of a century of movie stars (and some other stars too). The less-known tidbits from the earliest years are especially interesting, but the author brings things right up to the present day.


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