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A Star is Born
17 Nov 2016 * HARDBACK * £15 * 9781784979508

A celebration of the world's greatest movie actresses – from the stars of the golden age to the icons of cinema's second century – in classic scenes and beautiful images.

Non Fiction / BGFA (Biography)
Extent: 400 pages  Format: 268 x 208 mm Illus: 100 col illus
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All the Best Lines
Also by George Tiffin
A Star is Born: The Moment an Actress becomes an Iconby George Tiffin

Marlene Dietrich, Marilyn Monroe, Catherine Deneuve... Feted, adored and desired, successful movie actresses are icons of modern culture. But what was it that made them true stars? Was it looks, talent, drive, personality – or just plain luck? What was the first captivating image or unforgettable line that etched them indelibly on our collective memory – and transformed the screen actress of the passing movie credit into the screen goddess of eternal legend?

In a sequence of elegant pen-portraits, George Tiffin takes a microscope to the movies and the moments that established 75 female icons of cinema. These penportraits are supplemented by quotes, notes and anecdotes, including script excerpts from key scenes.

From Oscar-winners to ingénues, and from grande dames to femmes fatales, A STAR IS BORN is a seductive celebration of the eternal feminine at the heart of the movie business – and an informal and engaging history of cinema itself.

George Tiffin is a writer and film-maker who has travelled from Siberia to the Seychelles shooting and directing music videos and commercials. He is the author of the thriller Mercy Alexander.

100 years of movie glamour.

100s of unforgettable movie lines.

100 images from the Kobal Collection.

A beautiful gift for anyone who loves the cinema.


'A handsomely produced tome documenting the most appealing movie stars from the halcyon days of Hollywood. Each glossy movie star image is accompanied by a thoughtful piece by author George Tiffin, highlighting their filmic peaks and pithiest quotes. A coffee table book with smarts' The Sunday Business Post

This ravishingly designed volume pairs gorgeous monochrome portraits of female superstars, from Mary Pickford to Jennifer Lawrence, with short essays identifying their breakthrough roles... lovely to leaf through and the actresses' quotes are amusing' Evening Standard

A glorious parade of goddesses... lush and lovely' Saga Magazine

'From Mary Pickford to Jennifer Lawrence – pen portraits of 75 female screen icons, each accompanied by a photograph taken at pivotal moments in their careers' Mail on Sunday

'In this brilliant book, George Tiffin explores the moment an icon becomes iconic. With fabulous photographs and mini biographies, A Star is Born drips with glamour' Daily Mail

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