Kay Francis: A Passionate Life and Career

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McFarland, Incorporated, Publishers, 2006 M01 11 - 240 pages
Kay Francis came of age in the Roaring Twenties and relished the era's hedonistic pursuits. Her career as an actress was launched at the same time, and before her death in 1968, she had appeared on many theater stages, in more than 60 films, on radio, in USO tours, as a model, and on television. The tall, stylish actress had a husky voice and dark beauty that was striking on film. Despite her financial success, relaxed morals, and life as a socialite, the millionaire actress shunned luxuries such as limousines and sprawling estates popular among Hollywood elite. The actress, who insisted she wanted to be forgotten, left behind scrapbooks, boxes of memorabilia and detailed diaries. These rich resources help provide an exhaustive look at the life of one of Hollywood's most intriguing early stars. Francis' biography is the heart of this book, beginning with her family background and her upbringing by a vaudevillian actress mother. The story of her extensive career and never-ending romantic pursuits is peppered with comments from the media and her own diaries, and supplemented with ample photographs. A chronology gives dates of theater openings, film releases, marriages, television and radio appearances, births and deaths. A filmography includes complete cast and credit lists.

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User Review  - Tonstant Weader - Goodreads

Eh. Another "biography" that consists primarily of a recitation of film parts and lovers. Read full review

The definative book on a forgotten Movie Star

User Review  - terrym - Overstock.com

This book is a great read. So interesting and informative. I love Kay Francis so having a book all about her is such a treat! A wonderful biography on an underrated Hollywood star from the Golden Age of Movies Read full review


Kay Comes of Age 19091921
Her Most Wonderful Years 19221925

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Lynn Kear is an award-winning biographer, playwright, and novelist. She lives in Stone Mountain, Georgia. Author John Rossman lives in New York.

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