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Hollywood moms
Ostin, Joyce.
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Publication Information:
New York : Harry N. Abrams, 2001.
Physical Description:
111 pages : portraits ; 26 x 29 cm
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PN2286.8 .O85 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize
PN2286.8 .O85 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize Non-Circ

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A remarkable collection of candid photographic portraits of more than 50 celebrated screen actresses, directors, producers, and performers, each one posing with her mother or daughter. The women portrayed in this book bring a wide range of perspectives to the universal theme of motherhood. Joyce Ostin's intimate photographs are a testament to the wonder and power of the mother-daughter bond. An ideal gift book for women of any age.

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Booklist Review

There is just no end to glamour. Hence, there is no end to Marilyn Monroe photo books nor to fashion photography nor to attempts to render the mundane glamorous. Haspiel is the ultimate fan of the quintessential blond bombshell. His third collection of pictures of his passion consists of previously unpublished or uncollected photos, in all some 250 snapshots, publicity portraits, news photos, production stills, and video and film freeze-frames. They span Monroe's life from infancy to mere months before her death. Most are black and white, and those in color suffer either from the ravages of age or the shortcomings of British printing. Still, no admirer of photogenicity, feminine allure, and the exquisite fragility of Marilyn Monroe would willingly do without a single image. Levin, fashion director of the British GQ, showcases favorite shots from eight years of her tenure. Many are fashion photos in the sense that the men in them wear high fashion clothes. Many more are fashion photos because of the men, not the clothes. The book's section titles--"Music," "Art & Performance," "Actors," "Sport," and "Cinema" --bespeak different rationales. The raison d'etre of the second and fifth sections is that the pictures in them were inspired by famous artworks, performances, or movies. In the other three, the man is usually the inspiration, and the clothes must fit him in every respect. Keith Richards is pretty impressive in "his Gianfranco Ferre overcoat and black Gucci jeans," and David Bowie in all manner of color demonstrates his true talent. So what if you have to be a celebrity to look human in these duds? Ostin's book gilds the popular relationship photo-book concept with the sheen of showbiz. Each black-and-white picture in it displays a mother and daughter or daughters, and sometimes a granddaughter or three. At least one woman in each picture is an entertainment pro, and at least one person in each picture responds to the question, "What are the most nourishing moments you've shared with your mother or daughter?" Ostin is a very professional photographer, capable of making even Madonna look natural and nurturing. The likes of Debbie Reynolds, Candice Bergen, Gillian Anderson, Sheryl Crow, and Vanna White are naturally less challenging but, happily hugging their daughters, no less endearing. --Ray Olson

Publisher's Weekly Review

In the tradition of Sisters, the bestselling coffee-table book that featured photographs of and essays by sisters both famous and not, comes Hollywood Moms, showcasing the photography of Joyce Ostin with an introduction by Carrie Fisher. Among the mothers and daughters included are Goldie Hawn and Kate Hudson (on the cover); Rosanna and Patricia Arquette holding a photo of their deceased mom, Mardiningish Arquette; Dyan Cannon and Jennifer Grant; and Jennifer Lopez with her mom, Guadalupe. Among the best are apparently unposed, private moments, such as Rosie O'Donnell concentrating intently on her daughter, Chelsea. With a projected first printing of 50,000 copies, this book has the makings of a hot-selling Mother's Day gift. ( May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved