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Gloria Jean: A Little Bit of Heaven  

Gloria Jean: A Little Bit of Heaven 

by Scott MacGillivray and Jan MacGillivray

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Kirkus Discoveries says:

    The first full-length biography of a gifted film and singing star of the '40s and '50s.
    Gloria Jean Schoonover, more popularly known and remembered by her professional name, Gloria Jean, had a rich life in Hollywood, relatively untouched by scandal. Discovered by Joseph Pasternak for the movie The Under-Pup in 1939, Gloria Jean not only had star-quality beauty and a dramatic flair, but also a pleasing coloratura singing voice. After her impressive debut, Gloria Jean went on to share the screen with established stars such as Bing Crosby, Groucho Marx, W.C. Fields and Donald O'Connor, among others. Due to poor management, crooked agents, and shifting studio politics, she never achieved the stature of many of her peers. The authors, an experienced husband-and-wife film-historian team, bring great sensitivity and authority to their subject, and Gloria Jean herself provides fascinating anecdotes of her career, which has, unfortunately, been largely forgotten by the general movieogoer. Nearly 50 pages of photographs—including movie stills and posters, and publicity photos—augment the text, as well as a complete list of her movies, musicals and music.
    A must-read for film buffs that will hopefully stimulate further discussion of Gloria Jean's work.

John McElwee at Greenbriar Picture Shows says:

     [O]ne of the best up-and-down the stardom ladder sagas I’ve ever read. Finally, someone takes an actress who’s been ignored too long and tells her story with insight and affection. Gloria participated through the whole thing. She’s eighty this year and lays it on the line about her star years and the ones that followed... The [book] has a raft of stills from Gloria Jean’s personal collection, including a lot of really obscure appearances that were totally unknown until research for the book revealed their existence.

Amazon.com reader response:

    One of the finest, most comprehensive books ever written about a show business figure... an engaging blend of biography, autobiography, show biz history, and film analysis.
    [Gloria Jean] possesses a real gift for storytelling, and brings a vibrant, you-are-there immediacy to each anecdote... The result is a meticulously detailed, well-organized, and highly enlightening volume brimming with information that will surprise even the most seasoned film buff. -- yaremar

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