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Conversations with Classic Film Stars


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James Bawden, former TV columnist for the Toronto Star, is renowned for his distinguished profiles of movie stars and directors. He has written for Films in Review and numerous cinema magazines.

Ron Miller was TV editor of the San Jose Mercury News from 1977 - 1999 and a syndicated columnist for the Knight Ridder News Service. A former national president of the Television Critics Association and a recipient of the National Headliner Award, he is currently an instructor at the Academy for Lifelong Learning at Western Washington University.


Picking diligently through Conversations with Classic Film Stars, one catches a glimpse of a most human world indeed, as well as the qualities it took to stay afloat in it, let alone rise - some mixture of guts, talents, determination, outright lying, and the purest luck. For any movie lover with a pulse. And for those who love classic movies, it's nirvana."" -

""Bawden and Miller offer a lively, informative set of interviews that they conducted originally over the years with an intriguing assortment of stars and leading (character) players from the Golden Age of Hollywood. Their interviews capture the flavor of the subjects and provide a sizable amount of useful information about the personalities themselves, their filmmaking, and life in Tinseltown."" - James Robert Parish, author of more than one hundred books about show business and Hollywood celebrities

""[A] dazzlingly entertaining new book [...] is a treasure trove of info, scintillating gossip and outright, downright dishing."" - New York Social Diary

""[T]he book serves as a significant portrait of Hollywood history. Highly recommended."" - Library Journal

""Even if you're very familiar with the star being interviewed there is always some hidden jewel of information to discover [... ] Conversations with Classic Film Stars was a quick enjoyable read. This book is perfect for someone who doesn't want to invest their time in full-scale biographies but still wants to learn something new and interesting about their favorite stars [....] Conversations with Classic Film Stars would make a great gift for someone who is just starting to develop a love for old Hollywood or for someone who has had a lifelong passion for classic movies."" - Out of the Past

""In Conversations with Classic Film Stars: Interviews from Hollywood''s Golden Era, journalists James Bawden and Ron Miller provide a fascinating collection of career reflections from many Tinseltown names."" - Bay Area Reporter

""It's utterly amazing how two men were able to sit down with so many legends, from Gloria Swanson to Cary Grant and Luise Rainier. [...] Conversations with Classic Film Stars is the de facto book for classic film fans. It's the closest many of us will ever come to sitting down with such legends and picking their brain. Bawden and Miller present a wide range of stars, big and small, but treats each subject with the magnanimity we'd expect to see."" - Journeys in Classic Film

""It's utterly amazing how two men were able to sit down with so many legends, from Gloria Swanson to Cary Grant and Luise Rainier."" - Cinema Sentries

""It is truly a time capsule for film fans."" - Louisville Courier-Journal

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