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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Stephen Michael Shearer  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Born: 1951 in Bloomington, Illinois


-- Stephen Michael Shearer's Legendary Las Vegas Headliners articles in the Las Vegas Review-Journal -- http://www.reviewjournal.com/legends/index.html
-- Website -- http://www.smsmybooks.com/
-- Stephen Michael Shearer on WorldCat -- http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=stephen+michael+shearer


Illinois Connection

He was born in Bloomington, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Stephen Michael Shearer was born Stephen Sypult in Bloomington, Illinois. He is a writer, biographer, actor and researcher. He has also worked as a model. He currently lives in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota and New York.


Selected Titles At Your Library

Beautiful :
ISBN: 9781250041838. OCLC Number: 891697537

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Providing probing and detailed coverage of Hedy Lamarr's five marriages, children, various lawsuits, radio roles and shoplifting headlines, Shearer has combined extensive archival research with insightful interview quotes. The result is a fascinating biography that recreates Hollywood's Golden Age of Glamour.

Gloria Swanson :
ISBN: 1250001552. OCLC Number: 778421734

. .

Gloria Swanson was Hollywood's first successful glamour queen. Realizing her box office value early in her career, she took control of her life. Soon she was not only producing her own films, she was choosing her scripts, selecting her leading men, casting her projects, creating her own fashions, guiding her publicity, and living an extravagant and sometimes extraordinary celebrity lifestyle. She also collected a long line of lovers (including Joseph P. Kennedy) and married men of her choosing (including a French marquis, thus becoming America's first member of "nobility"). As a devoted and loving mother, she managed a quiet success of raising three children. Perhaps most important, as a keen businesswoman she also was able to extend her career more than sixty years. Her comeback in Billy Wilder's Sunset Boulevard catapulted her back into the limelight, but it also created a long-misunderstood persona. This biography sets the record straight.--From publisher description.

Gloria Swanson :
ISBN: 9781250013668. OCLC Number: 778421734

. .

Gloria Swanson was Hollywood's first successful glamour queen. Realizing her box office value early in her career, she took control of her life. Soon she was not only producing her own films, she was choosing her scripts, selecting her leading men, casting her projects, creating her own fashions, guiding her publicity, and living an extravagant and sometimes extraordinary celebrity lifestyle. She also collected a long line of lovers (including Joseph P. Kennedy) and married men of her choosing (including a French marquis, thus becoming America's first member of nobility). As a devoted and loving mother, she managed a quiet success of raising three children. Perhaps most important, as a keen businesswoman she also was able to extend her career more than sixty years. Her comeback in Billy Wilder's Sunset Boulevard catapulted her back into the limelight, but it also created a long-misunderstood persona. This biography sets the record straight.--From publisher description.

Additional Title Information

Patricia Neal--An Unquiet Life

, University Press of Kentucky, 2006

Beautiful: The Life of Hedy Lamarr

, Thomas Dunne Books, 2010

Gloria Swanson: The Ultimate Star

, Thomas Dunne Books, 2013


Awards

Best Biography of 2006 - Southern California Motion Picture Council of the Arts

Speaking Engagements

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