Cult Movie Stars
From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
Cult Movie Stars is a 1991 film book by Danny Peary focused on actors and actresses of cult films. The book was a follow-up on Peary's Cult Movies trilogy of oversized paperback books, all of which were published in the 1980s.
Peary deals with 750 performers, ranging from major stars like Marlene Dietrich, Bette Davis and Humphrey Bogart, to horror actors, skin-flick starlets, sex symbols , character actors and British comedians. Robert De Niro is included but not Al Pacino. The work is not an attempt to be a definitive reference book but rather a primer on the world of cult stars.
Of Natalie Wood, he writes: ‘It's such a relief when Santa gets her the home she dreams about in Miracle on 34th Street, when James Dean loves her in Rebel Without a Cause ...I just wish someone was there for her in Splendor in the Grass. She was my favourite actress and, like many, I get chills when, in that picture, she almost drowns."
Profiles include Greta Garbo, Linnea Quigley, Humphrey Bogart, Randolph Scott, Dorothy Stratten, Vincent Price, Peter O'Toole, Traci Lords, Troy Donahue, Jack Nicholson, Peter Cushing, Lon Chaney, Veronica Lake, Jeff Goldblum, Mae West, Ann Margaret, Abbott and Costello and George Zucco.