Raised by the Stars

Interviews with 29 Children of Hollywood Actors

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About the Book

This collection of interviews, all conducted by the author, focuses on the children of Hollywood legends. Each child (and, in one case, grandchild) talks about the joys and difficulties of growing up in the shadow of the Hollywood spotlight. While some were significantly influenced by their famous parents and chose a career in entertainment, others felt no attraction toward the glamour of Tinseltown fame.
Among the interviewees are the offspring of such major stars as Errol Flynn, Gary Cooper, Ingrid Bergman, Jimmy Stewart and Rosalind Russell, as well as such prominent supporting players as Jack Elam, Gene Lockhart, Billy Barty and Jesse White. The collection also includes a list of books and/or websites published by the children of the actors featured.

About the Author(s)

Originally from Australia, Nick Thomas is a chemistry professor at Auburn University in Montgomery, Alabama. In addition to more than 100 published scientific articles, he has written extensively about films and actors, and has interviewed numerous show-business celebrities.

Bibliographic Details

Nick Thomas
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 249
Bibliographic Info: 50 photos, index
Copyright Date: 2011
pISBN: 978-0-7864-6403-6
eISBN: 978-0-7864-8807-0
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      v
Preface      1

1. Carey Harrison on Rex Harrison      5
2. Charlie Matthau on Walter Matthau      16
3. Lance Brisson on Rosalind Russell      24
4. Kelly Stewart on Jimmy Stewart      34
5. Bill & Minnie Marx on Harpo Marx      43
6. Peter Ford on Glenn Ford      51
7. Samantha Hale on Alan Hale, Jr.      60
8. Sara Ballantine on Carl Ballantine      68
9. Rory Flynn on Errol Flynn      75
10. Bruce Morgan on Yvonne De Carlo      81
11. Valentina Alonso on Red Skelton      89
12. Maria Cooper Janis on Gary Cooper      98
13. Sara Karloff on Boris Karloff      108
14. Pia Lindström on Ingrid Bergman      116
15. Paul and Joan Howard on Moe Howard      123
16. Denise Loder- DeLuca on Hedy Lamarr      134
17. Kiki Ebsen on Buddy Ebsen      142
18. June Lockhart on Gene Lockhart      151
19. Brooke Tucker on Forrest Tucker      165
20. Jackie Elam on Jack Elam      174
21. Judy Lewis on Loretta Young      180
22. Sam Gilford on Jack Gilford      188
23. Braden Barty on Billy Barty      202
24. Carole Ita White on Jesse White      210
25. Noel Blanc on Mel Blanc      217
26. Mary and Harry Crosby on Bing Crosby      226

Index      235