Noted Biographer Discusses Life of 1930s Hollywood Star

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Jerry Vermilye immortalizes actress Jean Arthur in comprehensive biofilmography

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All of these exploits and more are detailed in this comprehensive biofilmography.

The life and career of a classic Hollywood blonde is immortalized in Jerry Vermilye’s latest nonfiction, “Jean Arthur: A Biofilmography” (published by AuthorHouse).

Blonde and vivacious, Jean Arthur is best remembered today for her unique, childlike voice and for the handful of classic movies she made during the 1930s and ’40s for directors Frank Capra and George Stevens. But not many know that her 30-year film career dates from the early 1920s, when she was an inexperienced contract player at Fox. In fact, Arthur appeared in more movies of the silent era than she made after the advent of sound.

Born Gladys Greene in 1900, Jean Arthur renamed and reinvented herself when she arrived in Hollywood in 1922, fictionalizing her background and subtracting eight years from her actual age. Colleagues have recalled the eccentric personality and behind-the-scenes insecurities that negated her popularity with the press and inhibited her later career as a stage and TV star, prompting her eventual retreat into seclusion.

All of these exploits and more are detailed in this comprehensive biofilmography. Vermilye includes casts, production credits and critical commentary on Jean Arthur's many films, as well as 100 scene stills, portraits and candids, many of which are photographs from the author’s private collection.

About the Author
A lifetime expert on Hollywood and European movies of the "golden age," Jerry Vermilye is the author of many previous books on films and theatre, among them “The Great British Films,” “The Complete Films of Audrey Hepburn,” “Ingmar Bergman: His Life and Films,” “Great Italian Films,” “The Complete Films of Laurence Olivier,” “Buster Crabbe: A Biofilmography” and “The Boothbay Playhouse: A Professional History, 1937-1974.” His approach to the genres of movie retrospective and theatrical biography maintains a fair-minded, non-judgmental style that has been called crisp, breezy and unpretentiously readable.

Long a movie-listings and classical music editor for TVGuide magazine, Vermilye has also enjoyed a second career as actor and stage manager in over 125 theatrical productions from Maine to Ohio.

AuthorHouse, an Author Solutions, Inc. self-publishing imprint, is a leading provider of book publishing, marketing, and bookselling services for authors around the globe and offers the industry’s only suite of Hollywood book-to-film services. Committed to providing the highest level of customer service, AuthorHouse assigns each author personal publishing and marketing consultants who provide guidance throughout the process. Headquartered in Bloomington, Indiana, AuthorHouse celebrated 15 years of service to authors in Sept. 2011.For more information or to publish a book visit or call 1-888-519-5121. For the latest, follow @authorhouse on Twitter.

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