Here is the first book-length biography of Gloria Jean, one of Hollywood's finest performers, who starred in film, radio, stage, nightclub, and television productions. And what a story it is! This is the first in-depth profile of her public and private life.
You'll read about her co-stars, including Bing Crosby, Groucho Marx, Donald O'Connor, and Mel Tormé go behind the scenes on the set of Never Give a Sucker an Even Break and meet W. C. Fields, her "Uncle Bill" follow her memorable show-business career with its breathtaking heights and heartbreaking depths, guided-and sometimes misguided-by the studio enjoy dozens of rare photos from Gloria Jean's personal collection browse vintage posters and lobby cards.
As a special treat for film buffs, you'll see actual frame enlargements of never-before-seen screen tests and discover three lost Gloria Jean feature films, documented here for the first time anywhere!
Scott MacGillivray is the author of Castle Films: A Hobbyist?s Guide, Laurel & Hardy: From the Forties Forward, and (with Ted Okuda) The Soundies Distributing Corporation of America. Jan MacGillivray is an editor and reviewer whose feature articles have appeared in Filmfax Magazine and in newspapers. The MacGillivrays live in Massachusetts.