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Letter from Susan Ware, Editor

What's new: August 2019

This update features eight new biographies of some of the most important figures in American film and television history. Highlights include pathbreaking comedians Richard Pryor and Robin Williams; television producer Andy Griffith; Good Times star Esther Rolle; and Danny Villanueva, a co-founder of Univision.

Robin Williams

Robin Williams

Robin Williams (1951–2014) was one of the most successful and widely admired comic actors in the United States. From the television show Mork and Mindy (1978–1982) to the films Good Morning Vietnam (1987), Dead Poets Society (1989), and Good Will Hunting (1997), which earned him an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor, Williams became an American household name for his serious and comedic roles alike. His more than 60 roles in 36 years endeared him across two generations.

 

 

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SEPTEMBER 15, 2019

Hispanic American heritage in the arts

To celebrate the achievements of Hispanic Americans from history during Hispanic Heritage Month, discover the lives of six key figures from across the arts.

AUGUST 26, 2019

Why we need more biographies of suffragists

Editor Susan Ware discusses the importance of having a wide range of biographies about suffragists, both prominent and obscure.

AUGUST 22, 2019

What's new: August 2019

Discover eight new biographies of some of the most important figures in American film and television history.