The Show Must Go On:How the Deaths of Lead Actors Have Affected Television Series Douglas Snauffer
Narrating his riveting memoir, beloved actor Dick Van Patten reflects on his prolific career, vibrant life, and the people who shaped both. From growing up during the Great Depression when poverty and racially biased ideologies dominated America, to witnessing the advent of television and its subsequent influence on culture, Dick Van Patten´s life is a rich record of change and progress in America and Hollywood. Perhaps best known for his role playing the mild mannered ´´every-dad´´ in 70s sitcom Eight Is Enough, Dick Van Patten has appeared in thousands of television, film, and radio roles viewed by millions of people; he commenced his career by lighting up the Great White Way as a child star alongside Broadway staples such as Tallulah Bankhead, Melvyn Douglas, Alfred Lunt, and Lynn Fontanne, early influences who fueled his relentless thirst for acting and stardom. Van Patten divulges anecdotes both amusing and emotional; among them, he chronicles throwing back drinks with notorious Hollywood producer Robert Evans, forming his family´s close friendship with pop icon Farrah Fawcett, rooming with the legendary Burt Lancaster, and living next door to the eccentric Michael Jackson. Eighty Is Not Enough provides a look back on the evolution of entertainment in a manner rarely glimpsed - straight from the man who experienced it all. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Dick Van Patten. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/pnix/000782/bk_pnix_000782_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A lot of ink has been spilled covering the lives of history´s most influential figures, but how much of the forest is lost for the trees? In Charles River Editors´ American Legends series, listeners can get caught up to speed on the lives of America´s most important men and women in the time it takes to finish a commute, while learning interesting facts long forgotten or never known. In 1996, Kirk Douglas was given an Honorary Academy Award ´´for 50 years as a creative and moral force in the motion picture community´´, and a few years later, the American Film Institute ranked him the 17th greatest actor of the 20th century. About 15 years after the AFI compiled that list, Kirk Douglas is the only screen legend on the list who is still alive, the patriarch of an acting family that includes popular actor Michael Douglas as well. Of course, Douglas didn´t earn such honorary achievements merely because of the longevity that has seen him appear in movies over the course of seven different decades. From the 1950s up until the end of the 1980s, Douglas starred in several classic movies, including perhaps his most iconic role as history´s most famous gladiator in Spartacus (1960). He also appeared in critically acclaimed movies like Out of the Past (1947), Champion (1949), Ace in the Hole (1951), The Bad and the Beautiful (1952), 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954), Lust for Life (1956), Paths of Glory (1957), Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957), The Vikings (1958), Lonely Are the Brave (1962), Seven Days in May (1964), The Heroes of Telemark (1965), Saturn 3 (1980) and Tough Guys (1986). And in addition to playing strong lead characters, Douglas was also outspoken and not afraid to share his views when he thought something was wrong in the industry, including the notorious blacklisting done as a result of the Red Scare in the 1950s. American Legends: The Life of Kirk Douglas profiles the life and career of one of America´s greatest actors. Al... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Scott Clem. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/089544/bk_acx0_089544_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Actor Michael Douglas recently claimed that oral sex caused his throat cancer. Susie reads from an article in The Guardian newspaper that reveals some candid facts about the Hollywood bigwig. Douglas says that HPV, human papillomavirus, is what did him in. Susie takes a more skeptical look at his claims, saying cunnilingus doesn´t cause cancer. Susie also looks at the HPV vaccine and how the sexually transmitted HPV virus can be spread. Next, Susie takes a loving look at John Williamson, the co-founder of the Sandstone Retreat, who recently passed away. Back in the early 1970s, John and his wife, Barbara, created a haven for communal nudity and open relationships near Malibu in the Topanga Canyon. This was during the heyday of the Sexual Revolution and Sandstone attracted many followers who were interested in not only free love but challenging the traditional rules of society. Susie talks about this true free spirit. Finally, Susie has another new sexy audiobook for us to sample. It´s Down and Dirty Sex Secrets: The New and Naughty Guide to Being Great in Bed. Written by sex educator Tristan Taormino, Susie says this book is great. Topics covered are oral sex, multiple orgasms, strap-ons, S&M, and more. Taormino narrates along with Madison Vaughn and Bryce Hamilton. Have a question? You can call Susie´s hotline at 831-480-5110. And you can send your confidential questions - plus requests for free samples and blog banners! - to firstname.lastname@example.org [Episode 574, June 14, 2013] Explicit Language Warning: You must be 18 years or older to purchase this program. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Susie Bright. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/pf/suzy/130614/pf_suzy_130614_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
He was a friend of George Washington and a decorated hero of the Revolutionary War. What caused Benedict Arnold to renounce his country and become one of America’s most reviled figures? Richard Dreyfuss stars in Richard Nelson’s dramatic and surprisingly modern take on the man whose name is now a synonym for being a traitor. An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast recording, starring Samantha Bennett, Steven Culp, Keene Curtis, Richard Dreyfuss, Charles Durning, Dominic Keating, Shirley Knight, Richard Hoyt Miller, Laurel Moglen, and Douglas Weston. Directed by Gordon Hunt and recorded before a live audience by L.A. Theatre Works. The full list of actors includes Richard Hoyt Miller, Laurel Moglen, and Douglas Weston. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Samantha Bennett, Steven Culp, Keene Curtis, Richard Dreyfuss, Charles Durning, Dominic Keating, Shirley Knight. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/pf/latw/000386/pf_latw_000386_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Penguin presents a brand-new recording of Roald Dahl´s classic Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, read by the actor Douglas Hodge, who plays Willy Wonka in the hit musical adaptation of the book. Charlie Bucket desperately wants to eat more than cabbage soup every day. But even more than that, he longs to see Wonka´s enormous chocolate factory! Now Mr Willy Wonka, the most wondrous inventor in the world, has hidden golden tickets inside his delicious creamy chocolate bars. Only five winners can go through those great iron gates; will one of them be Charlie? Douglas Hodge is a multi-award-winning English actor, with Olivier and Tony awards for his performance in La Cage aux Folles, and nominations for his leading roles in Cyrano de Bergerac, Guys and Dolls, and Inadmissible Evidence. In 2013 he is playing the role of Willy Wonka in Sam Mendes´ musical of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Douglas Hodge. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/pauk/000540/bk_pauk_000540_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Penguin Audiobooks presents Roald Dahl´s Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator, read by the actor Douglas Hodge, who plays Willy Wonka in the hit musical adaptation of the book. Charlie Bucket and his family are rushing around the Earth at 17,000 miles an hour in a great glass elevator. It belongs to the fantastic Mr Willy Wonka, and the adventure becomes even greater upon discovering they´re not the only ones orbiting the Earth at that particular time.... Douglas Hodge is a multi-award-winning English actor, with Olivier and Tony awards for his performance in La Cage aux Folles, and nominations for his leading roles in Cyrano de Bergerac, Guys and Dolls, and Inadmissible Evidence. In 2013 he is playing the role of Willy Wonka in Sam Mendes´ musical of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Douglas Hodge. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/pauk/000523/bk_pauk_000523_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Now as famous on radio and audio as they are in print, the adventures of that irrepressible and ageless schoolboy William Brown have been delighting both young and old for decades. Perpetually scruffy, mud-stained, and mischievous, he is a lovable scamp whose pranks usually end in disaster, for his harassed elders at least. With friends Ginger, Douglas, and Henry (The Outlaws), and the angelic, lisping, thorn-in-his-side Violet Elizabeth Bott, William has rightly joined the literary, and radio, immortals. This volume of Just William features the following stories: William and the Russian Prince William´s Busy Day William, the Great Actor William and the White Elephants Finding a School for William William´s Birthday William Clears the Slums Parotts for Ethel William´s Truthful Christmas Boys Will Be Boys William and the Ebony Hair-Brush William and the Old Man in the Fog 1. Language: English. Narrator: Martin Jarvis. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/bbcw/000243/bk_bbcw_000243_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A fascinating novel of the friendship and creative partnership between two of Hollywood´s earliest female legends - screenwriter Frances Marion and superstar Mary Pickford - from the New York Times best-selling author of The Swans of Fifth Avenue and The Aviator´s Wife It is 1914, and 25-year-old Frances Marion has left her (second) husband and her Northern California home for the lure of Los Angeles, where she is determined to live independently as an artist. But the word on everyone´s lips these days is ´´flickers´´ - the silent moving pictures enthralling theatergoers. Turn any corner in this burgeoning town and you´ll find made-up actors running around, as a movie camera captures it all. In this fledgling industry, Frances finds her true calling: writing stories for this wondrous new medium. She also makes the acquaintance of actress Mary Pickford, whose signature golden curls and lively spirit have earned her the title ´´America´s Sweetheart´´. The two ambitious young women hit it off instantly, their kinship fomented by their mutual fever to create, to move audiences to a frenzy, to start a revolution. But their ambitions are challenged by both the men around them and the limitations imposed on their gender - and their astronomical success could come at a price. As Mary, the world´s highest paid and most beloved actress, struggles to live her life under the spotlight, she also wonders if it is possible to find love, even with the dashing actor Douglas Fairbanks. Frances, too, longs to share her life with someone. As in any good Hollywood story, dramas will play out, personalities will clash, and even the deepest friendships might be shattered. With cameos from such notables as Charlie Chaplin, Louis B. Mayer, Rudolph Valentino, and Lillian Gish, The Girls in the Picture is, at its heart, a story of friendship and forgiveness. Melanie Benjamin perfectly captures the dawn of a glittering ne... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kimberly Farr. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/005315/bk_rand_005315_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Hollywood can be a tough town, but its been awfully good to Danny Dennison. At 55, he´s wealthy, successful, and although the movies he directs are more hot commerce than great art, he´s respected throughout the film world. But Danny Dennison has been living a lie. His true identity is buried halfway around the world in the ruins of a Nazi concentration camp. Danny believes his secret to be safe - until he meets Luba, a young sensuous call girl, whose mesmerizing sexuality begins to shatter his well-guarded facade. Thought-provoking and original, riveting and erotic, Dance with the Devil is the debut novel of legendary actor Kirk Douglas. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kirk Douglas. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/pnix/000618/bk_pnix_000618_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.