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Vol.26, No. 08 Oct. 30, 2000

Brando Biographer Patricia Bosworth Presents Excerpts from Book with Response by Ann Douglas

Marlon Brando, possibly the most influential actor of his generation, is the subject of an evening discussion on Thurs., Dec. 7, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m., to be presented by the National Arts Journalism Project. Vanity Fair Contributing Editor Patricia Bosworth will read excerpts of her soon-to-be published biography and Parr Professor of English and comparative literature Ann Douglas will then respond.

Bosworth’s Brando biography, which focuses on Brando’s significance as an actor, will be published as part of the Viking/Penguin Lives series early next year. Bosworth, a senior fellow of the National Arts Journalism Project, has written two major biographies: of the actor Montgomery Clift, and of Diane Arbus, the controversial New York photographer, as well as a memoir about her father, the lawyer Bartley Crum, who defended the blacklisted Hollywood Ten. A former senior editor at McCall’s and managing editor of Harper’s Bazaar, she now writes regularly for The New York Times Book Review and The Nation.

Douglas has written extensively about American culture. She is the author of The Feminization of American Culture (1977), Terrible Honest: Mongrel Manhattan in the 1920s (1995) and of the forthcoming Entertaining the Universe: Hollywood 1930-1960. She is also at work on a long-term project about Cold War culture in the United States between 1939 and 1965.

The event will take place in the Lecture Hall, 3rd floor, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. It is free and open to the public. For more information visit www.najp.org or call 212-854-1912.