More than just another dry dictionary or line listing of famous names from the world of cinema, this reference is an unabashed homage to some of the mythical figures of film whose stars have been partially eclipsed by those of other screen idols and the passage of time
Author Miguel Cane, an unrepentant film lover, seeks to reclaim the term “mythomaniac”—a pejorative usually reserved for compulsive liars—to describe his fervent devotion to some of the actors, directors, writers, and even places and objects associated with some of the silver screen’s most unforgettable films. As he pays tribute to the likes of Woody Allen, Robert Altman, Pedro Almodóvar, Bette Davis, and John Wayne, Cane shares fascinating anecdotes and trivia, such as What did Tony Richardson whisper in Vanessa Redgrave’s ear as she gave birth to their star-crossed daughter Natasha? Was Joan Crawford as terrible a mother as is now suggested? and Why do the sisters Olivia de Havilland and Joan Fontaine despise each other? More than one reader will discover, after having absorbed the intriguing stories in the pages of this book, that she, too, is a mythomaniac.