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Star quality
Collins, Joan, 1933-
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New York : Hyperion, [2002]

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354 pages ; 24 cm
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hen gutsy Irish redhead Millie McClancey defies her humble beginnings to pursue a life on the stage, she becomes the first of four generations of unforgettable women to taste success in the exciting yet precarious world of show business. Taking readers on a breathtaking journey from the music halls of World War I London to the glitz of Broadway and from Hollywood in its heyday right up to the present, Star Quality is a gripping tale of ambition, betrayal, sex, and survival. Joan Collins is a legendary woman with stardom in her genes, and with Star Quality she'll enchant readers nationwide with this engrossing and thrilling page-turner.

Author Notes

Joan Collins was born in London, England on May 23, 1933. She studied for two years at the British Academy of Dramatic Art. She is the sister of novelist Jackie Collins. She began an acting career at the age of nine with an appearance in A Doll's House at the Arts Theater in London. She has appeared in more than 65 films. She received the most success playing Alexis Carrington in the primetime soap opera, Dynasty which ran from 1981 to1988. She received a Golden Globe Award in 1983 for this role.

Her first book, Past Imperfect, was a kiss-and-tell autobiography published in 1978. Her first novel, Prime Time, was published in 1988. Her other fiction works include Love and Desire and Hate, Too Damn Famous, Infamous, Star Quality, and Misfortune's Daughter. Her other nonfiction books include The Joan Collins Beauty Book, My Secrets, My Friends' Secrets, Joan's Way: The Art of Living Well and Second Act. In 1997, she was honored with an O.B.E. title in recognition of a lifetime of contributions to the arts, culture and charitable causes.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Booklist Review

Millie McClancey, a feisty, redheaded maid in an English manor house during World War I, knows that her future will be onstage after seeing her first revue in the gritty music halls of London. With the support of young master Toby, who encouraged her budding skills as a singer, Millie makes a name for herself in small London clubs, and soon becomes the quintessential flapper, the fantasy of every male, the idol of every female. But Toby is the only man she loves. When he promises to marry her, she sleeps with him and becomes pregnant--only to learn that he wants nothing to do with her. Millie's daughter, Vickie, becomes the second generation to make it big, lighting up the 1940s silver screen. Both women are seen as fast and loose, but their exploits usher in a new age of female independence, and the third generation--Vickie's daughter, Lulu, rising to fame during the drug-crazed 1980s--is no exception. Collins' depiction of the mood of each era is on point, and she embroiders the starlets' cliched stories with intriguing characters and revenge-seeking enemies. A delicious romp sure to charm fans of easy and even sleazy reading. --Mary Frances Wilkens

Publisher's Weekly Review

Like mother, like daughter, like granddaughter-the notion of history repeating itself functions as both plot frame and theme in Collins's latest novel, a multigenerational saga that spans a century of family triumphs and tragedies set against the backdrop of the ever-changing entertainment industry. Millie McClancey is just a nave Irish lass when, having been compromised by a roguish nobleman, she takes to England's music hall stages, wowing London and New York. In the 1940s, Millie's illegitimate and far more sophisticated daughter, Vickie, becomes a Hollywood sensation. And Vickie's wild child, Lulu, becomes a supermodel in the '80s before turning to the soaps. Through it all, most of their misfortunes may be attributed to Patsy, an enemy Millie made in her youth, and Patsy's grudge-carrying descendants. Like overteased hairstyles and television programs about oil barons, this benign offering has a pass feel. Derivative of just about everything-Moll Flanders, The Godfather, Funny Girl, Valley of the Dolls-it even has Bugs Bunny gangsters ("Yeah, boss, yeah, good idea"). For readers who make it to the closing curtain of this sprawling camp extravaganza, the ultimate message-while years and fashions may be different, "nothing changes"-will come as no surprise. (Nov.) Forecast: Appearances on the Today show, 20/20, Larry King Live and The View should help Collins cut her usual swath. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved