Golden age glamor
Three new biographies paint portraits of stars of Hollywood's golden age.
Ava Gardner: The Secret Conversations (Simon & Schuster) by Peter Evans and Ava Gardner is a revealing book that grew out of an unfinished memoir collaboration between the writer and the star, a legendary beauty and one very tough dame.
Gloria Swanson: The Ultimate Star (Thomas Dunne Books) by Stephen Michael Shearer is a comprehensive biography of Swanson, who was not only one of film's biggest stars in her day but an astute and successful businesswoman.
Jimmy Stewart: The Truth Behind the Legend (Skyhorse) by Michael Munn, based on interviews with Stewart and his wife as well as other materials, looks at not only the actor's career but his military service, work for the FBI, love affairs and encounters with gangsters.
Colette Bancroft, Times book editor