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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Charles Francisco  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Adult;

Born: 1930 in East St. Louis, Illinois

-- Charles Francisco on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Francisco was born in East St. Louis, Illinois and lived in Chicago for a seven years.

Biographical and Professional Information

Francisco was an actor in New York City from 1952-54, Chicago from 1955-62, and Hollywood from 1962-67. He was the News Director at WPAT-Radio in New York City from 1967-76.When there was a threat to raze Radio City Music Hall, Francisco wanted to preserve it as a theatrical landmark. It prompted him to rush his work on his first published book, ''The Radio City Music Hall: An Affectionate History of the World's Greatest Theater''.

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Titles At Your Library

The Radio City Music Hall: An Affectionate History of the World's Greatest Theater
ISBN: 0525187928

E. P. Dutton. 1979

From dust jacket notes: "This ultimate scrapbook of America's most famous, most beloved - and most endangered - theater is a visual and textual feast for any person who ever thrilled to the sight of thirty-six kicking Rockettes, to the sound of the 'Mighty Wurlitzer,' or to the lavish spectacle of this magnificent palace of entertainment. Nearly 150 full-color and black-and-white photographs capture the unique appeal of the Music Hall to millions of peole all over the world - from the sumptuous variety of the stage shows and rare original sketches for sets and costumes to the famous Art Deco interior and candid shots of the fascinating people associated with the Music Hall through the years. Based on the author's interviews with most of the living contributors to the Music Hall phenomenon from 1932 to the present, Charles Francisco's history is filled with facts and charming anecdotes. the story begins with the famous showman S. L. 'Roxy' Rothafel and his dream of a vaudeville palace to end them all, and continues through the design (under the talented hand of Donald Desky) and building of the theater. Francisco describes the business side of the Music Hall operation, including interesting financial information about the hits and flops among the films that have shown there. And his book is filled with warm stories about such Music Hall people as the delightful Muriel 'Duffey' Hake, who retired from thirty years' service as a Rockette at the age of sixty!..."

You must remember this: The filming of Casablanca

Prentice-Hall. 1980

Gentleman: The William Powell Story
ISBN: 0312321031

St Martins Pr. 1985

A tribute to actor William Powell details his short-lived marriage to Carole Lombard, tragic romance with Jean Harlow, forty-year marriage to Diana Lewis, and his remarkable film career

David Niven: Endearing Rascal
ISBN: 0312900953

St. Martins. 1986


Special commendation from U.S. Secretary of the Army for a guest column, ''A G.I.'s View of the War''.

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Contact Information

Julia Copersmith Literary Agency 10 West 15th Street New York, New York 10011