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How did Laurette Taylor (1884-1946) become America''s most celebrated actress? What training and experience led to her first stage success, Peg o'' My Heart, in 1912? How did her failed 1920s silent film career influence her stage technique? What was so remarkable about her portrayal of Amanda Wingfield in the original 1945 Broadway production of The Glass Menagerie that many actors and critics have proclaimed her performance as the greatest they have ever seen, before or since? How did alcoholism affect her career? And why has it been so difficult to tell her story on stage and screen?
"Introduced with a foreword by Rick McKay, director of the 2003 documentary film Broadway: The Golden Age, by the Legends Who Were There, this biography offers fascinating new insights into the life and craft of Laurette Taylor. Included is a short play written by the actress, entitled The Dying Wife"--Provided by publisher.