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Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History

by Manny Pacheco

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Not a "biography" of some of the character actors in the golden age of Hollywood, the book takes several of these actors and discusses their roles with regards to history. However, it wanders from history to Hollywood and back again with no real purpose. The book had several errors in it. Vivien Leigh's name was spelled as Vivian. This is such an easy thing to verify and that the author did not take the time makes one wonder what other errors are in the book. In the chapter on John Carradine, it is said that The Man Who Shot Liberty Valence was the only film that John Wayne and James Stewart appeared together. I guess the author forgot Wayne's last film The Shootist in which Stewart played his doctor, as well as How the West Was Won although in that one Wayne and Stewart did not share any scenes together. The author mentions All About Eve as the most nominated film but it is tied with 1997's Titanic. I had purchased the book thinking I would get more biographical information on some of my favorite actors such as Thomas Mitchell, Van Heflin, Donald Crisp, and others but was sorely disappointed. ( )
  knahs | Nov 24, 2011 |
Manny Pacheco has enjoyed a successful 29-year career in radio, television. Still, there was something missing in his life. And so he wrote a book about a subject close to his heart – Hollywood history.

It’s one thing to say you will write a book, and something else to actually get it done. Pacheco spent years researching actors such as Claude Rains, Lionel Barrymore, Ward Bond, Van Heflin, and Basil Rathbone, to name a few. His fresh take was to show how their films offered a parallel to America’s history. He called it Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History.

The result: it won a key National Best Books 2009 Award, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has added it to its Margaret Herrick Library, telling Pacheco the book was “culturally significant.”

At a time when most entertainers write tell-all books about themselves, it’s refreshing to see one write about history.

(This article also appeared on MSNBC, USA TODAY, and SIRIUS XM RADIO news websites)

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The Book tells America's story through the eyes of great character actors of Hollywood's Golden Age
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Forgotten Character Actors of Hollywood's Golden Age tell America's story through the films they made and the lives they lived. A common thread is found in each chapter that tells stories of history.
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Nothing grabs the mind like a finely crafted film. Memorable liners strike an instant impression, and classic imagery provides celluloid art for us to enjoy time and again. Manny Pacheco has studied motion pictures for the stars of yesteryear, he presents a review of timeless films, which also uniquely capture seldom told accounts of America's story. Bypassing the legendary stars from the Studio Era's Golden Age, Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History focuses on the character actors and actresses that consistently delivered stellar performances, and it offers a bold fresh new take of our collective past.

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