Female Brando: The Legend of Kim Stanley

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This work features: a documentary - "The Needs of Kim Stanley", which is in production and expected to release in 2006; Oscar nominations for "Frances" and "Seance on a Wet Afternoon"; Tony award nominations for "A Touch of the Poet" and "A Far Country"; and Emmy award for "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof". Elizabeth Taylor and Joanne Woodward were inspired by her work. Arthur Penn called her the American equivalent of Eleanora Duse. She was the greatest stage actress of a generation that included Julie Harris, Geraldine Page, and Colleen Dewhurst. Between 1949 and 1964, Kim Stanley created starring roles in twelve Broadway productions, including Cherl, the nightclub singer in "Bus Stop". Then, after fifteen years of stardom, Stanley walked away from the theatre, never to return. What happened? "Female Brando" answers that question with a meticulously researched, empathetic biography that traces Stanley's childhood, her early training, her stardom - and her tragic descent into alcoholism and loneliness. Much more than a mere cautionary tale, "Female Brando" is a clear-headed examination of Kim Stanley's brilliance that places her in the pantheon of great American artists. It celebrates the 50th anniversary of "Bus Stop" - Stanley's greatest triumph. This is the first major biography of a great star, meticulously researched - author conducted more than 225 personal interviews. Like icons Elvis Presley and Marilyn Monroe, Stanley's talent was matched by her self-destructiveness.

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Kim Stanley was an important presence on the British entertainment scene in the late 1950's and early '60's. On stage, she starred as Maggie the Cat in the 1958 West End premiere of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. (The disastrous production of the 1965 Actors Studio Theatre's production of The Three Sisters, in which Kim played Masha, brought her stage career to an untimely end.)

She co-starred with Richard Attenborough in Seance on a Wet Afternoon (1964), an excellent film. And she appeared in several live TV dramas in Great Britain, including The Traveling Lady, which she also did on Broadway and American television. When she died several years ago, she received extensive obituaries in national British newspapers such as the Times of London, the Guardian and the Independent.

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Jon Krampner, the author of The Man in the Shadows: Fred Coe and the Golden Age of Television, has written about entertainment history for the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and many other publications.

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