Screen Legends

Tuesday, September 26, 2006 - 7:30pm
Gladstone Hotel Ballroom, 1214 Queen St. W.
Screen Legends

Pages Books & Magazines, McArthur & Company, The Gladstone Hotel and NOW present a This Is Not A Reading Series True Hollywood event! Renowned journalist and filmmaker Bruce Yaccato celebrates the launch of Screen Legends, a beautiful and exhaustively researched book detailing the rich history of the remarkable Canadian film pioneers who helped build the Hollywood we know today. Join Bruce Yaccato, Pages proprietor and respected film journalist Marc Glassman, as well as a panel of renowned film critics for a night of Hollywood trivia, and the often-surprising stories of Canada's first Hollywood stars.

From the earliest days of film and television, from the birth of the major Hollywood studios and the beginnings of classic television, Canadians have been pivotal players both in front of and behind the camera. Screen Legends (McArthur & Company), a book inspired by the great Brian Linehan, a Canadian Screen Legend in his own right, chronicles these astonishing achievements.

Among the sometimes-surprising entries in Screen Legends are the fascinating stories of: The young woman from Hamilton, Ontario who became known as Hollywood's first movie star (Florence Lawrence). The salesman from an engineering company in Montreal who moved to Hollywood and won 14 Oscars (Douglas Shearer). The self-proclaimed "ugly duckling" from Cobourg, Ontario who won a Best Actress Oscar (Marie Dressler). The great beauty from Carston, Alberta who captivated King Kong (Fay Wray). The key Hollywood players who founded United Artists (Mary Pickford), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (Louis B. Mayer) and Warner Brother studios (Jack Warner).

Through the 20th century and into the 21st, Canadians have helped build the Hollywood we know today. Luminous Canadian stars created some of the most enduring characters in both film and television - Tonto, Perry Mason, Lily Munster, Austin Powers and Captain James T. Kirk, to name just a few. Screen Legends revels in and celebrates these remarkable pioneers.

Bruce Yaccato is a journalist, writer and filmmaker. He has been a Parliamentary Correspondent and Quebec City Bureau Chief for CTV news and award-winning documentary reporter for CBC's The Journal. A long contributor to the acclaimed Historica Minutes series, he spends his time happily watching and writing about movies old and new in Toronto's Little Italy.