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Rye, New York: Ellen Putnam Dee, 1933. Presumed First Edition, First printing thus. Single sheet, printed on one side. Format is approximately 4.5 inches by 5.75 inches. Text area is approximates 3 inches by 4.25 inches. One of the rarest pieces of Hollywoodiana! Text states: Mrs. Ellen Putnam Dee announces the marriage of her daughter Frances Marion to Mr. Joel Albert McCrea on Friday, the twentieth of October nineteen hundred and thirty-three Rye, New York. The groom was the famous Hollywood movie star--Joel McCrea!. Announcement has some wear, soiling and discoloration but it has survived! McCrea married actress Frances Dee, after they met while filming The Silver Cord. The couple had three sons, Jody, Peter and David. Joel and Frances remained married until his death 57 years later on the anniversary of their marriage. Following her sophomore year in 1929, Frances Marion Dee went on summer vacation with her mother and older sister to visit family in the Los Angeles area. She began working as a movie extra as a lark. Her big break came when, still an extra, she was offered the lead opposite Maurice Chevalier in Playboy of Paris. The audience appeal established in two films opposite Paramount stars Charles "Buddy" Rogers and Richard Arlen led to the co-starring role as Sondra Finchley, opposite Phillips Holmes and Sylvia Sidney, in Paramount Pictures's prestigious and controversial production of An American Tragedy, directed by Josef von Sternberg. Dee's additional screen credits included June Moon, Little Women, Of Human Bondage, Becky Sharp, and Payment on Demand. She co-starred with her husband Joel McCrea in the Western Four Faces West (1948).
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1940. Presumed First Edition, First printing. Hardcover. , 303,  pages. Some cover wear. Bottom of spine worn. Inscribed to Jaime [Palmer] on fep. Lloyd Cassel Douglas (August 27, 1877 – February 13, 1951) born Doya C. Douglas, was an American minister and author. Douglas was one of the most popular American authors of his time, although he did not write his first novel until he was 50. His written works were of a distinctly religious tone. His first novel, Magnificent Obsession, published in 1929, was an immediate and sensational success. Critics held that his fiction was in the tradition of the great religious writings of an earlier generation, such as Ben-Hur and Quo Vadis. Douglas then wrote Forgive Us Our Trespasses; Precious Jeopardy; Green Light; White Banners; Disputed Passage; Invitation To Live; Doctor Hudson's Secret Journal; The Robe, and The Big Fisherman.
New York: E. L. Doctorow, 2009. Original letter. Typed Letter Signed. Typed letter from E. L. Doctorow to Mr. Roger A. Lewis dated January 2, 2009. Letter is on one side of an 8.5 inch by 11 inch sheet. Letter has been folded into thirds to fit into a standard envelop. It has four paragraphs, only two of which are substantive. A copy of the incoming letter to Professor Doctorow is includes, along with the envelop that Professor Doctorow's response came in. Mr. Lewis had apparently attended a program at the National Archives at which Professor Doctorow appeared. He inquired of Professor Doctorow "how do you, as an author, view adaptations of your work." Professor Doctorow in part replied that " Four or five movies have been made from my work, each with a different way of failing. The Ragtime and Billy Bathgate films were a particular disappointment." He later says that "The musical adaptation of Ragtime was more successful..." The two substantive paragraphs provide insight into how Professor Doctorow viewed the difficulty film makers have with his work, since they are "heavily voiced, or, in the case of Billy Bathgate, because significant moral developments occur in the mind of the narrator. Movies can only look in on people. Billy Bathgate, as narrator of the novel, looks out at the world." He further addressed why the musical form was better suited for adaptation of his work.
New York: Abrams, 2009. Third printing [stated]. Hardcover. The format is approximately 12.25 inches by 10.25 inches. 105,  pages. Cover has slight wear and soiling. Preface by Peter Jackson. Foreword by Jon Landau. Epilogue by James Cameron. Profusely illustrated (mostly in color). As an author and publishing executive, Lisa Fitzpatrick’s print, film, and audio experience ranges from small presses to environmental initiatives and global brands in feature film and television. Having managed both lines of publishing and world-wide franchises, she’s also identified and developed hundreds of non-fiction titles for the book trade in both digital and print formats—from digital-only novellas to dozens of heavily illustrated art,and photo books. As the author of the bestselling original Art of James Cameron’s AVATAR (translated into five languages) and co-author of both The Making of AVATAR and Men in Black retrospective. Sir Peter Robert Jackson (born 31 October 1961) is a New Zealand film director, screenwriter and producer. He is best known as the director, writer and producer of the Lord of the Rings trilogy (2001–2003) and the Hobbit trilogy (2012–2014). Jon Landau (born 23 July 1960) is an American film producer, known for producing Titanic (1997), a film which won him an Oscar as well as Avatar (2009) and Avatar: The Way of Water (2022). James Francis Cameron CC (born August 16, 1954) is a Canadian filmmaker. Cameron is one of the industry's most innovative filmmakers, regularly making use of novel technologies. Two of his films have been selected for preservation in the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress.
Beverly Hills, CA: New Millennium Press, 2001. First Printing [Stated]. Hardcover. xii, 444 pages. Frontis Illustration. Illustrations. Footnotes. Source Notes. Index. Richard Hack (March 20, 1951) is an American writer best known for his biographical books and screenplays. Hack moved to Los Angeles where he was hired by TV Guide magazine as its West Coast national programming editor. By the 1980s, Hack began writing the TeleVisions column for The Hollywood Reporter. Hack often appeared on The Tonight Show and Today reporting on Hollywood. During the same period, he was a frequent guest on Oprah Winfrey, Good Morning America, Larry King Live, Charlie Rose, Tomorrow, Entertainment Tonight, and Access Hollywood. In 1990, Hack left The Hollywood Reporter to become Vice President of Creative Affairs at Dove Audio and Entertainment, a production company that specialized in miniseries and books-on-tape. While at Dove, Hack adapted Sidney Sheldon’s The Sands of Time, Memories of Midnight, and The Stars Shine Down as mini-series, which he also produced, and wrote his first book, Next to Hughes with Robert Maheu. His bestseller Hughes: The Private Diaries, Memos and Letters was released on September 11, 2001. Hack was being interviewed live on the Today show by Matt Lauer when the first plane crashed into the World Trade Center. The abrupt ending of their interview and the early reports of the attack from the Today show, is shown, as part of an exhibit in the National September 11 Memorial & Museum in New York City. His book, PuppetMaster: The Secret Life of J. Edgar Hoover was the basis of the 2011 film J. Edgar, directed by Clint Eastwood.