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Davis, Ronald L.

Overview
Works: 32 works in 161 publications in 4 languages and 9,639 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Biographies  History  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Anecdotes  Interviews  Bibliography‡vCatalogs  Catalogs 
Roles: Author, Interviewer
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Ronald L Davis
Duke : the life and image of John Wayne by Ronald L Davis( Book )

7 editions published between 1998 and 2001 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,762 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

More than two decades after his death, John Wayne is still America's favorite movie star. He has become a cultural icon whose stature seems to grow with the passage of time. In this illuminationg biography, Ronald L. Davis focuses on Wayne's human side, portraying a complex personal defined by frailty and insecurity as well as by courage and strength
John Ford : Hollywood's old master by Ronald L Davis( )

10 editions published between 1994 and 1997 in English and Spanish and held by 1,377 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

He is now recognized as a genius with the camera who knew how to tell his stories visually, keeping dialogue to a minimum. His characters, especially the memorable "strong, silent" heroes that figure so prominently in the films, have achieved mythic dimensions. The director himself, however, once claimed, "The real star of my Westerns has always been the land." Indeed, it is Ford's ability to capture the magnificence and poetry of Western landscape that has earned him the highest respect
Hollywood beauty : Linda Darnell and the American dream by Ronald L Davis( )

10 editions published between 1991 and 2001 in English and held by 885 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Af fifteen, Linda Darnell left her Texas home and normal adolescence to live the Hollywood dream promoted by fan magazines and studio publicity offices. She appeared in dozens of films and won international acclaim for Blood and Sand (playing opposite Tyrone Power), Forever Amber, A Letter to Three Wives, and the original version of Unfaithfully Yours. Driven by a stage mother to become rich and famous, but unable to cope with the career she had longed for as a child, Darnell soon was caught in a downward spiral of drinking, failed marriages, and exploitive relationships. By her early twenties she was an alcoholic, hardened by a life in which beautiful women were chattel, and by the time of her death at age forty-one, she was struggling for recognition in the industry that once had called her its "glory girl." Hollywood Beauty begins in the Southwest during the Depression, when Pearl Darnell became obsessed by the glitter of the movie world that would dominate her children's lives. We follow Linda's path from her Texas childhood and first public success - during the state centennial, in 1936 - through her contract work with Twentieth Century - Fox in the heyday of the big-studio system. FIlm historian Ronald L. Davis documents Darnell's discovery and marriages, the adoption of her daughter, the making of many well-known films, and her emotional difficulties, leading up to her tragic death by fire. This is the story of a naive teenager from a dysfuntional middle-class family thrust into the golden age of Hollywood. Hollywood Beauty examines America's public worship of movie stars and superficial success - its motives and consequences - and the addiction to escapism that this worship represents. -- from dust jacket
Zachary Scott : Hollywood's sophisticated cad by Ronald L Davis( )

13 editions published between 2006 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 811 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Excelling on stage and screen throughout the 1940s, Scott seemed destined for stardom. By the end of 1950, however, he had suffered through a turbulent divorce. A rafting accident left him badly shaken and clinically depressed. His frustration over his roles mounted, and he began to drink heavily." "He remarried and spent the rest of his career concentrating on stage and television work. Although Scott continued to perform occasionally in films, he never reclaimed the level of stardom that he had in the mid-1940s."
A history of music in American life by Ronald L Davis( Book )

3 editions published between 1980 and 1981 in English and held by 755 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mary Martin, Broadway legend by Ronald L Davis( Book )

4 editions published between 2008 and 2014 in English and held by 575 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

South Pacific. The Sound of Music. Peter Pan. As the star of these classic Broadway musicals, Mary Martin captivated theater audiences with her impish persona and magnificent voice. Now biographer Davis fills a major gap in theater history, moving beyond Martin's own 1976 memoir to provide the first book-length portrait of the theater icon, spanning her lifetime to reveal facts about her childhood, marriages, and friendships--as well as artistic collaborations that included the likes of Rodgers and Hammerstein, Cole Porter, and Elia Kazan. Davis traces Martin's numerous appearances on Broadway, in touring productions, and on television, showing how--through hard work and persistent optimism--she built a career that lasted nearly fifty years and earned her the adoration and respect of fans and colleagues alike. This biography also offers rich insights into theater history, including accounts of how various productions were developed.--From publisher description
Hollywood anecdotes by Paul F Boller( Book )

8 editions published between 1986 and 1988 in English and Spanish and held by 565 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of stories and essays dealing with America's movie industry from the turn of the century until the 1980s
The glamour factory : inside Hollywood's big studio system by Ronald L Davis( Book )

13 editions published between 1993 and 2018 in 3 languages and held by 509 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A history of opera in the American West by Ronald L Davis( Book )

5 editions published in 1965 in English and held by 405 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Focusing on New Orleans, Chicago, and San Francisco, while including the achievements of Dallas, Santa Fe, Central City, and San Antonio, this book traces the development of opera in the American West against an ever changing social milieu. Ranging from the red plush era of the nineteenth century onward, the author covers such grand personalities as Adelina Patti, Nellie Melba, Joan Sutherland, and Maria Callas. Of additional interest is the book's coverage of near endless financial difficulties and natural disasters as well as rich personal anecdotes
Opera in Chicago by Ronald L Davis( Book )

12 editions published in 1966 in 3 languages and held by 386 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A social and cultural history, 1850-1965
Van Johnson : MGM's golden boy by Ronald L Davis( Book )

7 editions published between 2001 and 2016 in English and German and held by 360 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

His mother had rejected him in childhood, and he lived his adult life dealing with sexual ambivalence. A marriage was arranged with the ex-wife of his best friend, the actor Keenan Wynn. During the waning years of Hollywood's Golden Age she and Johnson lived amid the glow of Hollywood's A-crowd. Yet their private life was charged with tension and conflict. This biography traces the career and influence of a favorite star and narrates a fascinating, sometimes troubled life story."--Jacket
William S. Hart : projecting the American West by Ronald L Davis( Book )

7 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 287 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Other highlights of this book include excerpts from his previously unpublished letters to starlet Jane Novak, Hart's one-time fiance, as well as numerous photographs from studio and private collections." "Drawing on Hart's papers, primary sources of the Motion Picture Academy, oral history, and contemporary newspapers, this chronicle of Hart's life is the first since his own starry-eyed autobiography, My Life East and West, appeared in 1929"--Jacket
Just making movies : company directors on the studio system by Ronald L Davis( Book )

8 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 228 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Words into images : screenwriters on the studio system by Ronald L Davis( Book )

7 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 205 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Celluloid mirrors : Hollywood and American society since 1945 by Ronald L Davis( Book )

6 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 204 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Auth: Southern Methodist University
La Scala West : the Dallas Opera under Kelly and Rescigno by Ronald L Davis( Book )

3 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 177 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Supported by a small group of civic-minded business leaders, the Dallas Opera during its early seasons was perhaps as close as the United States has ever come to having court opera, a modern extension of the jewel-box operas performed in the palaces of Louis XIV and Catherine the Great. Kelly and Rescigno envisioned gorgeous music for the eye and ear and sought to breathe new life into the traditional Italian and French repertory, spicing it with offerings of American premieres of lesser-known works."--Jacket
Hollywood anecdotes by Paul F Boller( Recording )

3 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 63 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hooray for Hollywood! Since two clever entrepreneurs from McKeesport, Pennsylvania, turned their store into the first Nickelodeon in 1905, America has been in love with the movies - and with the eccentricities and energies of the creative personalities who make them. Read by a star who literally grew up "on the back lot at Warner Bros." this entertaining recording delivers story after story from the glory days of Hollywood
Oral history collection on the performing arts in America by Southern Methodist University( Book )

2 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 19 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A history of resident opera in the American West. by Ronald L Davis( )

5 editions published between 1961 and 1984 in English and held by 17 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A history of music in American life by Ronald L Davis( Book )

8 editions published between 1981 and 1982 in English and held by 14 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Duke : the life and image of John Wayne
Alternative Names
Davis, Ronald Leroy.

Davis, Ronald Leroy 1933-

Languages
English (130)

Spanish (5)

Latin (1)

German (1)

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John Ford : Hollywood's old masterHollywood beauty : Linda Darnell and the American dreamZachary Scott : Hollywood's sophisticated cadMary Martin, Broadway legendThe glamour factory : inside Hollywood's big studio systemVan Johnson : MGM's golden boyWilliam S. Hart : projecting the American WestJust making movies : company directors on the studio system