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Expanded Edition. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2000. Paris, Barry. Louise Brooks: A Biography. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2000. Tynan, Kenneth. Show People: Profiles in Entertainment. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1980. BURNETT, CAROL Recommended Recorded and Videotaped Performances Louise Brooks: Looking for Lulu (1998). Image Entertainment, VHS, 1999. Pandora’s Box (1928). Home Vision Cinema, VHS, 1993. t BURNETT, CAROL (1933– ) Actress, Singer Best loved for her long-running variety series, Carol Burnett is a remarkably versatile performer, accomplished in comedy, drama, and musical theater.

Some African Americans, however, complained that Julia, with its relatively bland and uncontroversial scripts, created an unrealistic portrayal of black life in America. Carroll was shaken by the criticism and exhausted by the rigorous schedule in producing the show. By 1970, she asked to be released from her contract. As she struggled to find better roles, Carroll experienced renewed turmoil in her private life. She became romantically linked with television host David Frost, but called off their marriage at the last minute.

Within six months, Bow married cowboy film star Rex Bell and retired to his ranch in Nevada. She made several attempts at returning to film, but her efforts were defeated by bad reviews. By the mid1930s, Bow had given up on Hollywood and devoted herself to raising her and Bell’s two sons. Yet, even in the relative quiet of her later life, she continued to be plagued by insomnia and a growing fear that she had inherited her mother’s mental problems. By the early 1950s, Bow had moved permanently to Los Angeles in order to be closer to her psychiatrists and to a mental hospital in which she was periodically institutionalized.

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