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Leaming, Barbara

Overview
Works: 36 works in 300 publications in 9 languages and 16,290 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Biographies 
Roles: Author
Classifications: PN2287.H45, B
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Most widely held works by Barbara Leaming
Mrs. Kennedy : the missing history of the Kennedy years by Barbara Leaming( Book )

20 editions published between 2001 and 2014 in English and held by 2,002 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A portrait of Jacqueline Kennedy during the thousand days of JFK's administration sheds new light on her life as both a woman and as First Lady, revealing the world of a woman fighting for herself, her marriage, and her husband's presidency
Katharine Hepburn by Barbara Leaming( Book )

24 editions published between 1995 and 2000 in 3 languages and held by 1,975 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Biography of Katharine Hepburn, based on interviews with the actress and letters she wrote to and received from friends and family. Discusses her family, career, and love affair with Spencer Tracy
Orson Welles, a biography by Barbara Leaming( Book )

48 editions published between 1985 and 1995 in 5 languages and held by 1,973 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Here is a firsthand portrait of the flamboyant American genius who became a titanic figure in twentieth-century popular culture. Orson Welles revolutionized theatre, terrified a nation of radio listeners, and made cinematic history with Citizen Kane, regarded by many as the greatest American film ever made. Building on two years of uninhibited, in-depth interviews with Welles, and on painstaking research in archives and among Welles's contemporaries, Barbara Leaming tells the full story - from Welles's childhood to his glory days in New York and Hollywood, through the years of European exile to his haunting twilight and, in a new epilogue, his death. Publication of this book was, and is again, a major event
If this was happiness : a biography of Rita Hayworth by Barbara Leaming( Book )

30 editions published between 1989 and 2008 in 4 languages and held by 1,461 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Recreates Rita's life from medical records, government documents, trial transcripts, movie-lot memoranda, and the testimony of many eyewitnesses
Marilyn Monroe by Barbara Leaming( Book )

22 editions published between 1998 and 2002 in 3 languages and held by 1,416 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents a biography of Marilyn Monroe from early childhood to beyond her death in 1962
Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis : the untold story by Barbara Leaming( Book )

17 editions published between 2014 and 2016 in 4 languages and held by 1,333 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A book that explores the seemingly magical world of Jackie Onassis' youth, her fairy-tale marriage to a wealthy and handsome senator and presidential candidate and her astonishing transformation into a deft political wife and unique first lady also explores what the author asserts was Jackie's 31-year struggle with PTSD after the assassination of her husband, John F. Kennedy
Bette Davis : a biography by Barbara Leaming( Book )

19 editions published between 1992 and 2003 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,249 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Bette Davis was one of the greatest acting talents the screen has ever known, yet no previous book has gone beyond the glittering Davis legend to explore the real woman. In the first major biography of Davis since her death, Barbara Leaming tells the full, extraordinary story, with objectivity and passion." "Bette Davis has always aroused controversy: her famous legal battle with Warner Bros., her four husbands, the shocking book written by her daughter B.D. Hyman. Yet she has always been seen as the heroine--until now. In this revelatory book, Barbara Leaming gives us a bracing cautionary tale of the dark side of power in Hollywood, and how a woman who amassed more power than any Hollywood actress before or since used that power to destroy others, her own family, and--in the end--herself. It is a story of abandonment, alcoholism, domestic violence, obsessive-compulsive behavior, religious fanaticism, and insanity." "Barbara Leaming has drawn on hundreds of hours of conversation with Davis's friends, lovers, professional associates, and family members. In addition, she has combed through thousands of documents, including Davis's personal diaries, scrapbooks, unpublished letters, and copiously annotated scripts. The result is a compelling portrait that redefines one of Hollywood's most misunderstood legends."--Jacket
Jack Kennedy : the education of a statesman by Barbara Leaming( Book )

7 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 1,020 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story of the friendships and forces that shaped the Kennedy presidency. In the summer of 1938 a tall Harvard student arrived in London, where his father was the American ambassador and his sister had gained entrée to a group of young aristocrats. As Winston Churchill called on a reluctant Britain to resist Hitler before it was too late, Jack Kennedy formed bonds of friendship and family that would forever change his life and the course of American history. Drawing on many new primary sources, this book is the first to trace the arc of Kennedy's intellectual and political formation, and to detail the goals of his presidency as he saw them, giving an intimate picture of a leader torn between politics and principle, a president wrestling with private demons and unresolved conflicts dating back to the 1930s, when Churchill and Ambassador Joseph Kennedy were adversaries on the public stage.--From publisher description
Churchill defiant : fighting on, 1945-1955 by Barbara Leaming( Book )

8 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 818 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Recounts Winston Churchill's second term as prime minister and his mission to win a lasting peace, waging war with both his closest colleagues and his most indispensable allies, the Americans, to persuade them to negotiate with the Soviets
Kick Kennedy : the charmed life and tragic death of the favorite Kennedy daughter by Barbara Leaming( Book )

7 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and held by 713 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Kathleen "Kick" Kennedy was the incandescent life force of the fabled Kennedy family, her father's acknowledged "favorite of all the children" and her brother Jack's "psychological twin." She was the Kennedy of Kennedys, sure of her privilege, magnetically charming and somehow not quite like anyone else on whatever stage she happened to grace. The daughter of the American ambassador to the Court of St. James's, Kick swept into Britain's aristocracy like a fresh wind on a sweltering summer day. In a decaying world where everything was based on stultifying sameness and similarity, she was gloriously, exhilaratingly different. Kick was the girl whom all the boys fell in love with, the girl who remained painfully out of reach for most of them. To Kick, everything about this life was fun and amusing--until suddenly it was not. For this is also a story of how a girl like Kick, a girl who had everything, a girl who seemed made for happiness, confronted crushing sadness. Willing to pay the price for choosing the love she wanted, she would have to face the consequences of forsaking much that was dear to her. Bestselling and award-winning biographer Barbara Leaming draws on her unique access to firsthand accounts, extensive conversations with many of the key players, and previously unseen sources to transport us to another world, one of immense wealth, arcane rituals and rules, glamour and tragedy, that has now disappeared forever."--Provided by publisher
Polanski, the filmmaker as voyeur : a biography by Barbara Leaming( Book )

10 editions published between 1981 and 1983 in English and held by 433 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Leven en werk van de Poolse cineast Roman Polanski (1933- )
Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis : [the untold story] by Barbara Leaming( Recording )

8 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 326 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A book that explores the seemingly magical world of Jackie Onassis' youth, her fairy-tale marriage to a wealthy and handsome senator and presidential candidate, and her astonishing transformation into a deft political wife and unique first lady. Leaming asserts that Jackie endured a 31-year struggle with PTSD following the assassination of her husband, John F. Kennedy
Grigori Kozintsev by Barbara Leaming( Book )

5 editions published in 1980 in English and held by 320 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Kick Kennedy : the charmed life and tragic death of the favorite Kennedy daughter by Barbara Leaming( Recording )

4 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 164 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Kathleen 'Kick' Kennedy was the incandescent life-force of the fabled Kennedy family, her father's acknowledged 'favorite of all the children' and her brother Jack's 'psychological twin.' She was the Kennedy of Kennedys, sure of her privilege, magnetically charming and somehow not quite like anyone else on whatever stage she happened to grace. To Kick, everything about this life was fun and amusing; until suddenly it was not. For this is also a story of how a girl like Kick, a girl who had everything, a girl who seemed made for happiness, confronted crushing sadness. Willing to pay the price for choosing the love she wanted, she would have to face the consequences of forsaking much that was dear to her
Jack Kennedy : the making of a president by Barbara Leaming( Book )

7 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 159 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Katharine Hepburn by Barbara Leaming( Recording )

7 editions published between 1995 and 2008 in English and held by 112 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Barbara Leaming has discovered thousands of never-before-seen documents that finally illuminate the mystery of this enigmatic, fascinating woman. Based on letters by Hepburn, her friends, and her family, as well as interviews with Hepburn herself, Leaming's book is a family story that brings alive three generations of fearless women, personal and political crusaders who shaped the history of women in our century
If this was happiness : a biography of Rita Hayworth by Barbara Leaming( )

9 editions published between 1990 and 2009 in English and held by 101 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Behind the movie star and sex symbol of the 40s, Rita Hayworth, was a life of sex abuse, exploitation, and many other disasters, ending with Alzheimer's disease
Orson Welles : [a biography] by Barbara Leaming( )

9 editions published between 1986 and 2010 in English and held by 101 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Genius, artist, monstre sacré, Orson Welles had one of the most brilliant and tempestuous careers in show business. Here is Orson Welles as he has never been seen before: his troubled childhood; his dizzying, precocious rise to stardom; his tempestuous marriages and notorious love affairs
Polanski : his life and films by Barbara Leaming( Book )

7 editions published in 1982 in English and held by 95 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bette Davis : a biography by Barbara Leaming( )

6 editions published between 1993 and 2014 in English and held by 49 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

She was the tempestuous, strong-willed woman who ignited the movie screen with her legendary performances in Of Human Bondage, Jezebel, and All About Eve. Off-camera, Bette Davis survived four disastrous marriages and earned a larger-than-life professional reputation as an actress to be reckoned with. In this extraordinary biography, fans and film historians will discover a different, darker side of Bette Davis: a woman beset with scarring personal and professional doubts, who fought a lifelong battle with alcohol and had an insatiable need to be loved, often at great emotional cost. Obsessive and compulsive, Davis was happy only when she was working, but did not always choose her projects wisely. A legend, a star, a remarkable woman, Bette Davis lived her life as if it were a coveted role she was desperately afraid she might not win
 
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Katharine HepburnOrson Welles, a biographyMarilyn MonroeBette Davis : a biographyJack Kennedy : the education of a statesmanChurchill defiant : fighting on, 1945-1955Jack Kennedy : the making of a presidentKatharine Hepburn