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Spoto, Donald 1941-

Works: 229 works in 1,232 publications in 17 languages and 34,984 library holdings
Genres: Biographies  History  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Drama  Made-for-TV movies  Melodramas (Motion pictures)  Biographical television programs  Fiction  Television programs  Biographical films 
Roles: Author, Interviewer
Classifications: PN1998.A3, B
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works about Donald Spoto
Most widely held works by Donald Spoto
The dark side of genius : the life of Alfred Hitchcock by Donald Spoto( Book )

72 editions published between 1983 and 2012 in 6 languages and held by 2,327 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chronicles the film producing career and personal life of Alfred Hitchcock
The kindness of strangers : the life of Tennessee Williams by Donald Spoto( Book )

45 editions published between 1985 and 2000 in English and Japanese and held by 2,317 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Previously unpublished dramatic material from the diaries, journals, and letters of William's mother is complemented by interviews from the playwright's lovers, friends, and colleagues
Enchantment : the life of Audrey Hepburn by Donald Spoto( Book )

34 editions published between 2006 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 2,090 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A portrait of the acclaimed actress follows Audrey Hepburn from her youth in Nazi-occupied Europe, through her rise to stardom in some of the era's most popular films, to her dedication to UNICEF
The art of Alfred Hitchcock : fifty years of his motion pictures by Donald Spoto( Book )

60 editions published between 1976 and 2010 in English and held by 1,971 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The monumental scope of Hitchcock's work remains unsurpassed by any other movie director, past or present. Psycho, Rear Window, The Birds and Vertigo are only a few of his classics.d his superb analysis--still the Hitchcockian commentary after 15 years in print. Photographs throughout
Marilyn Monroe : the biography by Donald Spoto( Book )

77 editions published between 1993 and 2009 in 12 languages and held by 1,752 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Full scale biography of motion picture actress Marilyn Monroe exploring in detail every aspect of her life and overturning many falsehoods
High society : the life of Grace Kelly by Donald Spoto( Book )

21 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 1,692 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Documents the life and whirlwind career of the iconic Hollywood actress-turned-European princess, drawing on previously unpublished interviews to discuss her conservative education, Oscar-winning film achievements, and role as a mother to royal children
Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis : a life by Donald Spoto( Book )

16 editions published between 1999 and 2000 in 3 languages and held by 1,548 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An illustrated biography of former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
A passion for life : the biography of Elizabeth Taylor by Donald Spoto( Book )

27 editions published between 1995 and 2014 in 6 languages and held by 1,413 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Born in England to socially ambitious parents, Elizabeth was catapulted into child stardom at an early age. This book explores the highs and lows of her life
Possessed : the life of Joan Crawford by Donald Spoto( Book )

19 editions published between 2010 and 2014 in English and held by 1,250 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Crawford was one of the most incandescent film stars of all time, yet she was also one of the most misunderstood. Spoto goes beyond the popular caricature to give us a three-dimensional portrait of a very human woman, her dazzling career, and her extraordinarily dramatic life and times
Notorious : the life of Ingrid Bergman by Donald Spoto( Book )

34 editions published between 1997 and 2005 in 6 languages and held by 1,242 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ingrid Bergman's dramatic story is as compelling as any of the women she portrayed in dozens of memorable movies and plays, an impressive list that includes Intermezzo, The Bells of St. Mary's, Spellbound, Notorious, Anastasia, Hedda Gabler and A Woman Called Golda. Whether acting the role of saint or sinner, Bergman found in her characters the extremes of her own devoted and passionate nature
Joan : the mysterious life of the heretic who became a saint by Donald Spoto( Book )

10 editions published between 2007 and 2014 in English and held by 1,153 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

According to biographer and theologian Spoto, Joan of Arc is a girl for the 21st century. She asserted and fought for the ideal that nations shouldn't invade and occupy others for the sake of empire building, a message to contemplate in today's political landscape. But it's unfair to read our contemporary concerns back into her 15th-century story, says Spoto. In this engaging and at times gripping biography, he examines Joan's life and particularly her faith in the face of a church threatened by her visions. Spoto details what is known or surmised about Joan's early life and military career, but the book's most fascinating aspect is the suspenseful day-by-day account of her year-long trial and conviction for heresy. Here we see the Maid's (as she called herself) sense of God's instructions for her life, and her efforts to obey God above all else, including earthly church authority. Spoto helps us understand her threat to political and ecclesiastical figures. The only person to have been condemned for heresy and later sainted, Joan of Arc continues to capture the popular imagination and is, Spoto argues, "the sign that God is free to act as He wills to act, not as we presume He ought to act."
Laurence Olivier : a biography by Donald Spoto( Book )

17 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 1,143 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Laurence Olivier was the most famous actor of this century, perhaps the greatest of all time. From his stage roles as Hamlet and Archie Rice to his screen roles as Heathcliff and Henry V, his range was unparalleled. Here for the first time is a book that brings to life the private man behind the public persona. Olivier initially aroused Hollywood's interest only because of a calculated resemblance to Ronald Colman. His looks turned him into a matinee idol, his talent into the first lord of the theater, world renowned as actor, director and producer. But beneath the glamorous image, Olivier was often lonely, confused and plagued by self-doubts. Donald Spoto tells for the first time the truth about Olivier's three marriages--to the diffident lesbian actress Jill Esmond, to the haunted and doomed Vivien Leigh, and to the young Joan Plowright. Spoto also reveals Olivier's relationships with Noel Coward and Danny Kaye, who loved him. Laurence Olivier's life encompassed the history of the theater in our time. Based on formidable international research, access to many previously unpublished documents and more than 160 interviews with those who knew and worked with Olivier, this is a rich, definitive biography.--Adapted from dust jacket
Reluctant saint : the life of Francis of Assisi by Donald Spoto( Book )

17 editions published between 2002 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 1,133 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In Reluctant saint, Donald Spoto shows us a Saint Francis who transcends the image of Francis familiar to even the least religious among us. Spoto's unprecedented access to unexplored archives and the saint's own unpublished letters help reveal how Francis pioneered an entirely new historical movement, one that eventually slipped from his grasp. Spoto highlights Francis's position within the ecclesiastical, political, and social forces of medieval Italy in all its violence, color, and mystery. It was a time of crisis with a craving for reform and for a deeper, simpler, more personal faith--yet concern for the common good, and for the poor and sick, was virtually unknown. A key part of the revolution Francis brought about was his insistence that such concern lay at the heart of the Gospel. Reluctant saint portrays a life that has captured the hearts and minds of millions over the centuries
Blue angel : the life of Marlene Dietrich by Donald Spoto( Book )

15 editions published between 1992 and 2003 in English and French and held by 1,094 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The life of Marlene Dietrich
Spellbound by beauty : Alfred Hitchcock and his leading ladies by Donald Spoto( Book )

17 editions published between 2008 and 2012 in English and held by 1,086 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The third volume in a trilogy exploring the life and work of the legendary director examines Hitchcock's life in terms of his relationships with the actresses in his films, including Ingrid Bergman, Grace Kelly, Kim Novak, and Tippi Hedren
The decline and fall of the House of Windsor by Donald Spoto( Book )

25 editions published between 1995 and 1998 in 6 languages and held by 1,025 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Biography of the Royal Family of Great Britain from Queen Victoria to Queen Elizabeth II that reveals new information about many family members and examines the difficulties that celebrity status has brought to the family
Rebel : the life and legend of James Dean by Donald Spoto( Book )

20 editions published between 1996 and 2000 in English and French and held by 1,001 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

America's most enduring symbol of rebellious youth, James Dean has continuously held the world's fascination since his tragic death at the age of twenty-four more than forty years ago. In the first complete, fully documented biography of this enigmatic hero, internationally celebrated author Donald Spoto offers a startlingly revelatory look at the short, greatly misunderstood life of an icon who remains frozen in time.--Book Jacket
The hidden Jesus : a new life by Donald Spoto( Book )

19 editions published between 1998 and 2001 in 3 languages and held by 943 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The author draws on his expertise as a New Testament scholar to present a controversial reassessment of Jesus' life, teachings, relationships, and standard doctrinal theology
Lenya : a life by Donald Spoto( Book )

34 editions published between 1989 and 1993 in 5 languages and held by 858 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lotte Lenya, the extraordinary singer/actress of international acclaim whose career spanned six decades, is best remembered for her brilliant performances on stage in Cabaret, in films such as From Russia With Love, and as the foremost interpreter of the songs and musical dramas of Bertolt Brecht and her husband, Kurt Weill, including her unsurpassed portrayal of Jenny in the 1954 revival of The Three Penny Opera.-Book jacket
The Redgraves : a family epic by Donald Spoto( Book )

8 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 745 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An account of five generations of the Redgrave family traces their achievements and personal lives while offering new revelations based on the author's insider access as a personal friend of the late Michael Redgrave
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The kindness of strangers : the life of Tennessee Williams
The kindness of strangers : the life of Tennessee WilliamsEnchantment : the life of Audrey HepburnThe art of Alfred Hitchcock : fifty years of his motion picturesMarilyn Monroe : the biographyHigh society : the life of Grace KellyJacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis : a lifeA passion for life : the biography of Elizabeth TaylorPossessed : the life of Joan Crawford
Alternative Names
Donald Spoto American writer

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Donald Spoto amerikansk skribent

Donald Spoto écrivain américain

Donald Spoto escriptor estatunidenc

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Spoto, Donald

Spoto, Donald Michael 1941-

Spoto, Donalds, 1941-

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