The Entertainer: Movies, Magic, and My Father's Twentieth Century (Hardcover)
 
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The Entertainer: Movies, Magic, and My Father's Twentieth Century (Hardcover)

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    Using the life and career of her father, an early Hollywood actor, New Yorker writer Margaret Talbot tells the thrilling story of the rise of popular culture through a transfixing personal lens. The arc of Lyle Talbotís career is in fact......more

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Using the life and career of her father, an early Hollywood actor, New Yorker writer Margaret Talbot tells the thrilling story of the rise of popular culture through a transfixing personal lens. The arc of Lyle Talbotís career is in fact the story of American entertainment. Born in 1902, Lyle left his home in small-town Nebraska in 1918 to join a traveling carnival. From there he became a magicianís assistant, an actor in a traveling theater troupe, a romantic lead in early talkies, then an actor in major Warner Bros. pictures with stars such as Humphrey Bogart and Carole Lombard, then an actor in cult B movies, and finally a part of the advent of television, with regular roles on The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet and Leave It to Beaver. Ultimately, his career spanned the entire trajectory of the industry.

In her captivating, impeccably researched narrativeóa charmed combination of Hollywood history, social history, and family memoiróMargaret Talbot conjures warmth and nostalgia for those earlier eras of í10s and í20s small-town America, í30s and í40s Hollywood. She transports us to an alluring time, simpler but also exciting, and illustrates the changing face of her fatherís America, all while telling the story of mass entertainment across the first half of the twentieth century.

Margaret Talbot has been a staff writer for The New Yorker since 2003. Previously, she was a contributing writer at The New York Times Magazine and an editor at The New Republic. She lives in Washington, D.C.

Author:
Talbot, Margaret
Genre:
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Entertainment & Performing Arts
Audience:
General/trade
Format:
Hardcover
Pages:
418
Language:
English
Publisher:
Riverhead Books
Publish Date:
11/08/2012
Copyright Year:
2012
ISBN:
9781594487064
Height:
10.0 in
Wdth:
6.75 in
Thickness:
1.75 in
Unit weight:
1.45 lb
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