By Allan R. Ellenberger

Miriam Hopkins (1902--1972) first captured moviegoers' awareness in bold precode movies equivalent to Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931), The tale of Temple Drake (1933), and Ernst Lubitsch's Trouble in Paradise (1932). notwithstanding she loved renowned and significant acclaim in her lengthy profession -- receiving an Academy Award nomination for Becky Sharp (1935) and a Golden Globe nomination for The Heiress (1949) -- she is more often than not remembered for being the most tough actresses of Hollywood's golden age. even if she was once scuffling with with studio moguls over her roles or feuding together with her avowed archrival, Bette Davis, her popularity for temperamental habit is legendary.

In the 1st accomplished biography of this colourful performer, Allan R. Ellenberger illuminates Hopkins's attention-grabbing lifestyles and legacy. Her freewheeling movie occupation was once unprecedented in studio-era Hollywood, and he or she controlled to set up herself as a best celebrity at Paramount, RKO, Goldwyn, and Warner Bros. Over the process 5 many years, Hopkins seemed in thirty-six motion pictures, 40 level performs, and numerous radio courses. Later, she emerged as a pioneer of television drama. Ellenberger additionally explores Hopkins's deepest lifestyles, together with her relationships with such intellectuals as Theodore Dreiser, Dorothy Parker, Gertrude Stein, and Tennessee Williams. even though she was once by no means blacklisted for her suspected Communist leanings, her organization with those freethinkers and her involvement with convinced political businesses led the FBI to maintain a dossier on her for almost 40 years. This skillful biography treats readers to the fascinating tales and controversies surrounding Hopkins and her profession, but in addition seems to be past her Hollywood character to discover the superstar as an uncompromising artist. the result's an pleasing portrait of a super but underappreciated performer.

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