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STEPHEN MICHAEL SHEARER is the author of Patricia Neal: An Unquiet Life and Beautiful: The Life of Hedy Lamarr. He has written for the Las Vegas Review-Journal and is also a former model and actor, having appeared on stage, television, and in film. Shearer currently resides in Minnesota and New York City.

Reviews

Praise for "Beautiful: The Life of Hedy Lamarr"

"A fascinating biography that recreates Hollywood's Golden Age of Glamour." --"Publishers Weekly

""Much more than a standard Hollywood biography." --"Edge Magazine

""In "Beautiful", Mr. Shearer writes with humor and has fun with some of the glorious nonsense of Lamarr's movies." --"The Wall Street Journal

"Praise for "Patricia Neal: An Unquiet Life

""Shearer is to be congratulated for this account of Neal's life....Anyone interested in movies as well as U.S. social history will treasure this volume about an extraordinary actress and lady."
--New York "Daily News

""This impressively researched biography of film actress Patricia Neal covers an immensity of material." --"Deseret Morning News

""Shearer delivers an inspiring look at the professional triumphs and personal tragedies that define one of Hollywood's legendary stars." --"Des Moines Sunday Register"
Praise for "Gloria Swanson: The Ultimate Star

""Reveals the passion, the ego and the insecurities that propelled the movie queen through a seven-decade Hollywood career in which she was a remarkably modern woman years ahead of her time: producing her own movies, choosing her scripts and leading men on-screen and off, becoming a flamboyant Hollywood magnate and blowing a fortune indulging her libido. ... Stephen Michael Shearer exposes the demons that drove the egocentric screen siren." --"The Daily Express "(UK)

"Stephen Shearer... is to be lauded for his scholarship and the depth of his research." --"New York Journal of Books

""A comprehensive biography of Swanson, who was not only one of film's biggest stars in her day but an astute and successful businesswoman." --"Tampa Bay Times"

Praise for "Beautiful: The Life of Hedy Lamarr"

"A fascinating biography that recreates Hollywood's Golden Age of Glamour." --"Publishers Weekly

""Much more than a standard Hollywood biography." --"Edge Magazine

""In "Beautiful", Mr. Shearer writes with humor and has fun with some of the glorious nonsense of Lamarr's movies." --"The Wall Street Journal

"Praise for "Patricia Neal: An Unquiet Life

""Shearer is to be congratulated for this account of Neal's life....Anyone interested in movies as well as U.S. social history will treasure this volume about an extraordinary actress and lady."
--New York "Daily News

""This impressively researched biography of film actress Patricia Neal covers an immensity of material." --"Deseret Morning News

""Shearer delivers an inspiring look at the professional triumphs and personal tragedies that define one of Hollywood's legendary stars." --"Des Moines Sunday Register"
Praise for "Gloria Swanson: The Ultimate Star
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"Shearer succeeds brilliantly in not missing a moment of 1920s Hollywood starlet Gloria Swanson's gilded, imperfect life. ... Shearer's riveting, weighty biography is a powerful paean to the silent movie era, its renowned stars and directors, and to Gloria, who was as famous for her acting as for her liveried butlers, generous gifts, and extravagant Parisian shopping sprees." --"Publishers Weekly
""In this excellently detailed account of actress Gloria Swanson's life, we see a young starlet grow into the unforgettable 'Norma Desmond' from Billy Wilder's "Sunset Boulevard." ... With a glimpse into the lives of the full range of film stars, an examination of the tribulations in Hollywood through World War II, and a complete look at Swanson's robust life, this well-written title is sure to please any reader with a passion for classic Hollywood movies." --"Library Journal
""Reveals the passion, the ego and the insecurities that propelled the movie queen through a seven-decade Hollywood career in which she was a remarkably modern woman years ahead of her time: producing her own movies, choosing her scripts and leading men on-screen and off, becoming a flamboyant Hollywood magnate and blowing a fortune indulging her libido. ... Stephen Michael Shearer exposes the demons that drove the egocentric screen siren." --"The Daily Express "(UK)
"Stephen Shearer... is to be lauded for his scholarship and the depth of his research." --"New York Journal of Books
""A comprehensive biography of Swanson, who was not only one of film's biggest stars in her day but an astute and successful businesswoman." --"Tampa Bay Times"
Praise for "Beautiful: The Life of Hedy Lamarr"
"A fascinating biography that recreates Hollywood's Golden Age of Glamour." --"Publishers Weekly
""Much more than a standard Hollywood biography." --"Edge Magazine
""In "Beautiful," Mr. Shearer writes with hu


Shearer succeeds brilliantly in not missing a moment of 1920s Hollywood starlet Gloria Swanson's gilded, imperfect life. Shearer's riveting, weighty biography is a powerful paean to the silent movie era, its renowned stars and directors, and to Gloria, who was as famous for her acting as for her liveried butlers, generous gifts, and extravagant Parisian shopping sprees. "Publishers Weekly"

In this excellently detailed account of actress Gloria Swanson's life, we see a young starlet grow into the unforgettable Norma Desmond' from Billy Wilder's "Sunset Boulevard." With a glimpse into the lives of the full range of film stars, an examination of the tribulations in Hollywood through World War II, and a complete look at Swanson's robust life, this well-written title is sure to please any reader with a passion for classic Hollywood movies. "Library Journal"

Reveals the passion, the ego and the insecurities that propelled the movie queen through a seven-decade Hollywood career in which she was a remarkably modern woman years ahead of her time: producing her own movies, choosing her scripts and leading men on-screen and off, becoming a flamboyant Hollywood magnate and blowing a fortune indulging her libido. Stephen Michael Shearer exposes the demons that drove the egocentric screen siren. "The Daily Express (UK)"

Stephen Shearer is to be lauded for his scholarship and the depth of his research. "New York Journal of Books"

A comprehensive biography of Swanson, who was not only one of film's biggest stars in her day but an astute and successful businesswoman. "Tampa Bay Times"

A fascinating biography that recreates Hollywood's Golden Age of Glamour. "Publishers Weekly on Beautiful: The Life of Hedy Lamarr"

Much more than a standard Hollywood biography. "Edge Magazine on Beautiful: The Life of Hedy Lamarr"

In "Beautiful," Mr. Shearer writes with humor and has fun with some of the glorious nonsense of Lamarr's movies. "The Wall Street Journal on Beautiful: The Life of Hedy Lamarr"

Shearer is to be congratulated for this account of Neal's life....Anyone interested in movies as well as U.S. social history will treasure this volume about an extraordinary actress and lady. "New York Daily News on Patricia Neal: An Unquiet Life"

This impressively researched biography of film actress Patricia Neal covers an immensity of material. "Deseret Morning News on Patricia Neal: An Unquiet Life"

Shearer delivers an inspiring look at the professional triumphs and personal tragedies that define one of Hollywood's legendary stars. "Des Moines Sunday Register on Patricia Neal: An Unquiet Life""


"Shearer succeeds brilliantly in not missing a moment of 1920s Hollywood starlet Gloria Swanson's gilded, imperfect life. ... Shearer's riveting, weighty biography is a powerful paean to the silent movie era, its renowned stars and directors, and to Gloria, who was as famous for her acting as for her liveried butlers, generous gifts, and extravagant Parisian shopping sprees." --Publishers Weekly

"In this excellently detailed account of actress Gloria Swanson's life, we see a young starlet grow into the unforgettable 'Norma Desmond' from Billy Wilder's Sunset Boulevard. ... With a glimpse into the lives of the full range of film stars, an examination of the tribulations in Hollywood through World War II, and a complete look at Swanson's robust life, this well-written title is sure to please any reader with a passion for classic Hollywood movies." --Library Journal

"Reveals the passion, the ego and the insecurities that propelled the movie queen through a seven-decade Hollywood career in which she was a remarkably modern woman years ahead of her time: producing her own movies, choosing her scripts and leading men on-screen and off, becoming a flamboyant Hollywood magnate and blowing a fortune indulging her libido. ... Stephen Michael Shearer exposes the demons that drove the egocentric screen siren." --The Daily Express (UK)

"Stephen Shearer... is to be lauded for his scholarship and the depth of his research." --New York Journal of Books

"A comprehensive biography of Swanson, who was not only one of film's biggest stars in her day but an astute and successful businesswoman." --Tampa Bay Times

"A fascinating biography that recreates Hollywood's Golden Age of Glamour." --Publishers Weekly on Beautiful: The Life of Hedy Lamarr

"Much more than a standard Hollywood biography." --Edge Magazine on Beautiful: The Life of Hedy Lamarr

"In Beautiful, Mr. Shearer writes with humor and has fun with some of the glorious nonsense of Lamarr's movies." --The Wall Street Journal on Beautiful: The Life of Hedy Lamarr

"Shearer is to be congratulated for this account of Neal's life....Anyone interested in movies as well as U.S. social history will treasure this volume about an extraordinary actress and lady." --New York Daily News on Patricia Neal: An Unquiet Life

"This impressively researched biography of film actress Patricia Neal covers an immensity of material." --Deseret Morning News on Patricia Neal: An Unquiet Life

"Shearer delivers an inspiring look at the professional triumphs and personal tragedies that define one of Hollywood's legendary stars." --Des Moines Sunday Register on Patricia Neal: An Unquiet Life

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