New Alice Faye Biography Available

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Alice Faye: A Life Beyond the Silver Screen

by Jane Lenz Elder

Fans of vintage radio and movies need no introduction to the sweet demeanor, sultry glances, and velvety voice of Alice Faye. Her haunting rendition of "You'll Never Know" has never been surpassed by any other singer. Her films, such as Alexander's Ragtime Band, Tin Pan Alley, and The Gang's All Here, remain perennial favorites on classic movie channels and at video rental outlets. Her radio show, with her husband Phil Harris, and her frequent guest appearances on the Jack Benny Show, live on in the cassette collections popular with radio devotees.

Now for the first time, fans of the fabulous Faye can enjoy a full-scale biography of the beloved star. Four years in the making, Alice Faye: A Life Beyond the Silver Screen, is being published by the University of Mississippi Press (available in October) as part of its Hollywood Legends series. Film historian Jane Lenz Elder conducted interviews with Alice's friends and family, consulted leading oral history collections, and dug through archives in California, New York, and Linton, Indiana (home to the Phil Harris-Alice Faye Collection), to create the most compelling, comprehensive, and accurate depiction of Faye's life yet published.

Beginning life in the Hell's Kitchen section of New York, Alice Faye went from an adolescent chorus girl in the 1920s to one of Hollywood's top box office draws of the 1930s and 1940s.  Populating her life were such luminaries as Don Ameche, Jack Benny, Bing Crosby, Betty Grable, Jack Haley, Phil Harris, John Payne, Tyrone Power, Tony Martin, Shirley Temple, Rudy Vallée, and the ruthless studio mogul, Darryl F. Zanuck. Alice met
success in the early days of broadcast radio and in Hollywood's golden age. She also endured setbacks, scandals and, above all, the challenges of the big studio system. She faced life squarely with humor and determination, and eventually emerged as one of Hollywood's most graceful survivors.

Alice Faye: A Life Beyond the Silver Screen is a must read for any Faye fan.

Alice Faye: A Life Beyond the Silver Screen by Jane Lenz Elder
Available October 2002 6x9 inches, 256 pages 25 black & white illustrations filmography, bibliography, index ISBN 1-57806-210-1

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