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Stars in My Eyes
“A treasure trove and ideal for movie people who think they’ve seen it all.”
—David Thomson, Los Angeles Times
Stars in My Eyes is a revealing and entertaining collection of celebrity portraits, rendered both in acute drawings and in finely observed prose. In the 1970s and 1980s, internationally known artist Don Bachardy made portraits from life, depicting the actors, writers, artists, composers, directors, and Hollywood elite that he and his partner Christopher Isherwood knew. He then made detailed notes about these portrait sittings in the journal he has kept for more than forty years. The result is a unique document: we enter the mind of the artist as he records the images and behavior of his celebrity subjects—from Ruby Keeler and Barbara Stanwyck to Jack Nicholson and Linda Ronstadt—during their often intense collaboration with him.
“Bachardy is both a great conversationalist-in-print and a fine, fine artist. The combination is unbeatable.”
—Peter Plagens, art critic, Newsweek
Don Bachardy lives in Santa Monica, California. His drawings and paintings are in the collections of many major art museums, including the Metropolitan in New York, the de Young in San Francisco, the Fogg in Cambridge, the Smithsonian in Washington, and the National Portrait Gallery in London. He has published six other books of his drawings, including Christopher Isherwood: Last Drawings and Drawings of the Male Nude, and he is coeditor of Where Joy Resides: A Christopher Isherwood Reader. (The illustration above is Self Portrait by Don Bachardy. September 20,1995, Acrylic on paper, 22 x 30")
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LC: 99-006741 PN
8 x 10 272 pp.
Paper $19.95 t
• Finalist, Lambda Book Award
• Movie tie-ins: The 2007 documentary film Chris & Don: A Love Story portrays the three-decade relationship between Bachardy and acclaimed British expatriate writer Christopher Isherwood. The 2009 feature film A Single Man is based on
Isherwood’s novel of the same name.
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