Ida Lupino: A Biography [Paperback]

William Donati (Author)

ISBN: 9780813196480 | Published by: University Press of Kentucky | Year of Publication: 2023 | Language: English 360p, H229 x W152 (mm) 50 illustrations

Ida Lupino


British-born actress, singer, director, and producer Ida Lupino (1918-1995) cut one of the most alluring profiles of any Hollywood persona during the forties and fifties. The star of classic films such as They Drive by Night (1940), High Sierra (1941), and Road House (1948), she was a stalwart of the screen throughout her early career and frequently received top billing ahead of stars such as Humphrey Bogart. While her talent was undeniable, her insistence on taking only roles she felt would challenge her professionally often put her at odds with the demands of studio executives.

It was in those periods of frustration and suspension as an actor that Lupino fostered a talent for the filmmaking process. In a decision relatively unprecedented for women in her era, she founded her own independent production company where she became widely regarded as one of the most prolific filmmakers working at the height of the Hollywood studio system. She has been described by fellow directors such as Martin Scorsese as "resilient, with a remarkable empathy for the fragile and heartbroken."

William Donati's Ida Lupino: A Biography chronicles the dramatic life of one of Hollywood's most substantive and innovative artists who lived her life unapologetically both behind and in front of the camera.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Drama in Her Veins
Like a Little Queen
The Years of Glory
The Hard Way
The Breakup
Deep Valley
The Turning Point
The Long Goodbye
Mr. Adams and Eve
Madame Director
A Critical Appraisal
Appendix: Ida Lupino's Career

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