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The Bennetts: An Acting Family Hardcover – 30 Nov 2004

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  • Hardcover: 520 pages
  • Publisher: The University Press of Kentucky (30 Nov. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0813123291
  • ISBN-13: 978-0813123295
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 3.9 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,466,223 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A splendid bio." -- Playbill

"A reliable, straightforward biographical study of a prominent acting family that might, perhaps, be compared to the Barrymores." -- "Anthony Slide"

"A particular strength of this book is Kellow's discussion of the Bennett family within the changing contours of American theater and the motion picture industry." -- "Choice"

"A fascinating book, the perfect summer read." -- "Gay City News"

"An engrossing new page turner.... Theater people don't get more interesting, and it's a true tale well told." -- "Hollywood Reporter"

"Does justice to all the aspects of their lives, which is about all you can ask from such an accomplished and pleasurable family biography." -- "Las Vegas Sun"

"Kellow, a diligent researcher and a perceptive, graceful writer, covers their careers and sometimes tumultuous private lives.... A terrific read." -- "Los Angeles Times"

"A fabulously written page-turner about one of the most glamorous acting families of the 20th century by a writer who knows how to pen a compelling narrative while dishing the dirt." -- "Next Magazine"

"A splendid bio." -- "Playbill"

"Though the two [Bennetts] are not as widely remembered today as other film stars of the period, Kellow goes a long way toward addressing the oversight.... In most ways, Kellow is a respectfully restrained biographer, addressing even the most potentially lurid scandals" -- "Publishers Weekly"

"Serious film historians will want to examine The Bennetts.... Bliss for buffs." -- "Toronto Globe and Mail"

About the Author

Brian Kellow, features editor of Opera News magazine, is the coauthor of Can't Help Singing: The Life of Eileen Farrell. He lives in New York and Connecticut.

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Finally a great book about a fascinating family. I have been looking for ages on a book about the Bennett sisters and so far, it hasn't let me down. Some of the photos are great. I haven't finished it yet but it's an easy read and I try and limit myself to a couple of chapters a night as I want to savor the story!
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I suppose that for a showbiz biog to be entertaing the subject must still radiate charisma.So the real star of this book is Constance Bennett.Long after she ceased to be a star she acted like she was.It is only a shame that so far as this book is concerned that her sister Joan did not predecease her as she is far more interesting.Joan seems tame by comparison and the author has difficulty in dredging up much about Joan in her later life save that she drank a little and was married to a cross dresser.Sister Barbera comes off worst as she was not a star and clearly was unable to cope with life.The father Richard reminds a little of John Barreymore.Drink rather contributed to his downfall as well.However unlike Barreymore he was unable to get any work in his later years.So to a certain extent his reputation is unblemished.Although i tend to get a bit bored by early parts relating to the begining of the dynasty on the whole it is a very entertaining read.Little wonder though that none of the Bennett children or grandchildren committed themselves to a career as an actor
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