With Oscars due to be handed out tonight, here are three recent books about Hollywood icons.
American Rebel: The Life of Clint Eastwood (Crown) by Marc Eliot is a comprehensive biography of one of the most popular and critically acclaimed actor-directors in history, a man with the best squint in the business and four Oscars (two for best director, two for best picture) on his shelf.
The Genius and the Goddess: Arthur Miller and Marilyn Monroe (University of Illinois Press) by Jeffrey Meyers is a serious, deeply researched look at the marriage of the great playwright (who was nominated once for an Oscar) and the quintessential screen star (never even a nominee).
I Know Where I'm Going: Katharine Hepburn, A Personal Biography (Simon & Schuster) by Charlotte Chandler is an intimate look based on numerous interviews over many years with the star, who still holds the record for most acting Oscars with four.
Colette Bancroft, Times book editor