WorldCat Identities

Spoto, Donald 1941-

Works: 158 works in 964 publications in 17 languages and 37,479 library holdings
Genres: Biography  History  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Juvenile works  Comic books, strips, etc 
Roles: Author, Interviewer
Classifications: PS3545.I5365, 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 )

98 editions published between 1983 and 2012 in 8 languages and held by 2,711 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 )

31 editions published between 1985 and 1997 in English and held by 2,460 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Previously unpublished dramatic material from the diaries, journals, and letters of William's mother is complemented by interviews from the playwright's lovers, friends, and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 )

28 editions published between 2006 and 2014 in 6 languages and held by 2,266 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
Marilyn Monroe : the biography by Donald Spoto( Book )

71 editions published between 1993 and 2009 in 11 languages and held by 1,954 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
Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis : a life by Donald Spoto( Book )

13 editions published between 1999 and 2000 in 3 languages and held by 1,735 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 )

30 editions published between 1995 and 2014 in 7 languages and held by 1,663 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
Laurence Olivier : a biography by Donald Spoto( Book )

32 editions published between 1991 and 2001 in 3 languages and held by 1,595 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An in-depth study of the man behind the legend examines Olivier's personal life, professional career, relationships, sexuality, and glamorous milieu and discusses links between the actor's turbulent professional and emotional life
Notorious : the life of Ingrid Bergman by Donald Spoto( Book )

37 editions published between 1997 and 2007 in 9 languages and held by 1,448 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
Possessed : the life of Joan Crawford by Donald Spoto( Book )

13 editions published between 2010 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,259 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
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 1,210 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

14 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 1,181 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, in a study of his films, rise to fame and power, artistic legacy, unconventional marriage, and obsessions
The decline and fall of the House of Windsor by Donald Spoto( Book )

20 editions published between 1995 and 1998 in 6 languages and held by 1,170 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
Reluctant saint : the life of Francis of Assisi by Donald Spoto( Book )

16 editions published between 2002 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 1,164 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Acclaimed biographer Donald Spoto strips away the legends from the life of Francis of Assisi to reveal the true story of a man who has too often been obscured by pious iconography. Drawing on unprecedented access to unexplored archives, plus Francis's own letters, Spoto places Francis within the context of the multifaceted ecclesiastical, political, and social forces of medieval Italy, casting new light on Francis and showing how his emphasis on charity as the heart of the Gospel's message helped him pioneer a new social movement. This nuanced portrait reveals the multifaceted character of a man who can genuinely be said to have changed the course of history
Joan : the mysterious life of the heretic who became a saint by Donald Spoto( Book )

8 editions published between 2007 and 2014 in English and held by 1,160 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."
Rebel : the life and legend of James Dean by Donald Spoto( Book )

17 editions published between 1996 and 2000 in English and French and held by 1,072 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
The hidden Jesus : a new life by Donald Spoto( Book )

14 editions published between 1998 and 2001 in 3 languages and held by 1,031 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 )

30 editions published between 1989 and 1993 in 6 languages and held by 897 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 )

7 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 741 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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Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis : a life
Alternative Names
Donald Spoto American writer

Donald Spoto Amerikaans schrijver

Donald Spoto amerikansk författare

Donald Spoto amerikansk skribent

Donald Spoto écrivain américain

Donald Spoto scrittore statunitense

Spoto, Donald Michael 1941-

Спото, Дональд 1941-

スポトー, ドナルド



The kindness of strangers : the life of Tennessee WilliamsEnchantment : the life of Audrey HepburnMarilyn Monroe : the biographyJacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis : a lifeA passion for life : the biography of Elizabeth TaylorLaurence Olivier : a biographyNotorious : the life of Ingrid BergmanPossessed : the life of Joan Crawford