Broadway producers thought Katharine Hepburn was too much the individual to achieve stardom, but she caught the eye of director George Cukor, who offered her the lead in A Bill of Divorcement (1932).
One of the screen’s most independent women, Lauren Bacall grew up in a middle-class family in the Bronx. Her childhood interest in dance gave way to a passion for acting early on, and she studie
Joan Crawford spent much of her early movie career playing shopgirls Short on cash but long on moxie who talked and occasionally danced their way to a better life. These were characters near but not d
Bette Davis was shocked when Hollywood first came calling. She had never thought a world that worshipped beauties like Jean Harlow would take an interest in her. Yet her confidence grew with each pict
Brando was one of the key figures to introduce a new, more personal approach to acting in the fifties. Although he never considered himself a Method actor, he had studied with New York teacher Stella
The life of Montgomery Clift is one of Hollywood’s most tragic stories. In many ways the sensitivity and emotional openness that made him a star in films like A Place in the Sun (1951) and From