Stephen Michael Shearer

Film Historian and Author

STEPHEN MICHAEL SHEARER

Los Angeles, CA (Larry Edmunds Book Store - Hollywood)

Stephen Michael Shearer & Patricia Neal - Frankfort, KY







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See Stephen Michael Shearer (filming April/May 2014)

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See Stephen Michael Shearer (filming completed) - (Fall 2014 Air Date)

Discovery Military Channel Documentary - "America: Facts vs Fiction" - Coming Soon!


Untitled Scotty Bowers Documentary (filming) (2015 Release), Matt Tyrnauer, director

His story has floated through moviedom’s clubby senior ranks for years...

“If you believe him, and I do, he’s like the Kinsey Reports live and in living color,” said Mr. Tyrnauer, who recently completed a deal to make a documentary about Mr. Bowers.



See Stephen Michael Shearer - MOVIE PREMIER - Coming soon!

A feature-length documentary about Star Trek's iconic Green Girl, Susan Oliver: Prolific actress of the '50s - '80s, original member of the AFI Directing Workshop for Women, record-setting female aviator; Tragically taken by cancer in 1990.
- Written by George Pappy

A feature-length documentary about Star Trek's iconic original Green Girl, Susan Oliver: Prolific actress of the '50s - '80s, original member of the American Film Institute's Directing Workshop for Women, record-setting female aviator; Tragically taken by cancer in 1990. With over 120 major acting credits in film and television, Susan Oliver was literally a household name in the 1960's. She set a number of world records as a pilot and was one of the only women directing major TV shows in the 1980's. And yet many people don't even remember her name today. It's time to remember Susan Oliver...
- Written by Anonymous

Click on YouTube button below to see "The Green Girl" teaser trailer.

A Teaser Trailer for The Green Girl, a feature-length documentary about Susan Oliver (prolific actress, record-setting female aviator, director and original member of the AFI Directing Workshop for Women).

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Stephen Michael Shearer (Film Historian, Biographer, Actor) - Topics: Academic Interest, Biography, Culture & Society, Entertainment, Film History - Travels From: Minnesota


Author Stephen Michael Shearer: The Interview
(Posted by Michael G. Ankerich on January 11, 2014)

I’ll never forget the encouragement that author Stephen Michael Shearer gave me when I was writing my Mae Murray biography several years ago. His Hedy Lamarr biography had just been released in hardcover. Although he was busy doing publicity for the release, he made time to give me a call and talk through some important points to remember when writing a life story.

When his latest book, Gloria Swanson: The Ultimate Star, came out last fall, I was anxious to learn what he uncovered about the legend. I took the book on my travels to Italy in October and learned more about Gloria during those two weeks than I had read 30 years ago in her own memoirs, Swanson on Swanson.

After reading her book, I thought I knew all there was to know about the “ultimate star.” I was wrong!

Click on photo to see the entire interview on the Michael Ankerich BLOG.

Gloria Swanson had a singular film career. She starred with Rudolf Valentino during the Silent Era and with William Holden in Sunset Boulevard in what has been called the most celebrated film comeback in history. During the Silent Film era her fans worshiped her. But her career took a crushing downturn in the 1930s. But she never stopped working and Gloria appeared in numerous films, on stage and television. Always acting as the penultimate star on and off screen. Tune in tonight when we speak with writer STEPHEN MICHAEL SHEARER about his monumental new biography GLORIA SWANSON: THE ULTIMATE STAR. If you love film and Hollywood history, don’t miss tonight’s show.

Marty Allen & Karon Kate Blackwell Show at the Las Vegas Plaza Hotel - 10/24/2013 and B&N Book Signing with Stephen Michael Shearer (Nelson Sardelli & Marty Allen attended) 10/27/2013
Stand-up comedian Marty Allen is still at it. A spry 91 years old, the legendary comic has been entertaining audiences for decades. He’s appeared on classic TV shows such as "The Ed Sullivan Show" alongside the Beatles, and was part of the hilarious duo "Allen & Rossi" with Steve Rossi for many years.

Allen is a World War II veteran and was stationed in Italy with the U.S. Army Air Corps (today the U.S. Air Force). While there, he earned a Soldier’s Medal for his bravery during a fire while an airplane was being fueled.

Singer and composer Karon Kate Blackwell also co-starred with Allen during his weekend appearances at the Plaza in downtown Las Vegas.

Sunday, October 27, 2013 - B&N Las Vegas, NV - Book Signing with Nelson Sardelli and Marty Allen.

D.G. Wills - La Jolla, CA
Visit the D.G.Wills Books YouTube Channel, featuring past appearances by Norman Mailer, Gore Vidal, Maureen Dowd, Allen Ginsberg, Christopher Hitchens, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Gary Snyder, Billy Collins, Patricia Neal with Stephen Michael Shearer, Edward Albee, Yevgeny Yevtushenko, and Oliver Stone.

Author Book Signing Event - Saturday, October 26th - 4P
Film Historian & Author, Stephen Michael Shearer will appear at Larry Edmunds Bookshop on Saturday, October 26, 2013 at 4P. Please join Mr. Shearer as he talks about his latest book "Gloria Swanson: The Ultimate Star".

It will be great to have our old friend Stephen Michael Shearer back at the Lare! Stephen will be signing and talking about a subject we all dearly love too, "Gloria Swanson-the Ultimate Star" his latest release. Join us on Saturday, October 26th @ 4pm here @ the store for some G-L-O-R-I-A!

Stephen Michael Shearer will discuss his new book "Gloria Swanson: The Ultimate Star" - Friday, October 25, 7PM.

Gloria Swanson defined what it meant to be a movie star, but her unforgettable role in Sunset Boulevard overshadowed the true story of her life. Now Stephen Michael Shearer sets the record straight in the first in-depth biography of the film legend. Swanson was Hollywood’s first successful glamour queen. Her stardom as an actress in the mid-1920s earned her millions of fans and millions of dollars. Realizing her box office value early in her career, she took control of her life.

Soon she was not only producing her own films, she was choosing her scripts, selecting her leading men, casting her projects, creating her own fashions, guiding her publicity, and living an extravagant and sometimes extraordinary celebrity lifestyle. She also collected a long line of lovers (including Joseph P. Kennedy) and married men of her choosing (including a French marquis, thus becoming America’s first member of “nobility”). As a devoted and loving mother, she managed a quiet success of raising three children. Perhaps most important, as a keen businesswoman she also was able to extend her career more than sixty years.

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This free, day-long festival brings around 7000 people together to celebrate our vibrant literary culture. The festival welcomes ‘rock star’ authors, local literary heroes, publishers, kids and book lovers, who connect over real-live books and conversations.

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Thank You to all who attended the lecture & book signing of "Gloria Swanson: The Ultimate Star" by Film Historian & Author Stephen Michael Shearer at the Barnes & Noble Booksellers in New York City (86th & Lexington Avenue) at 7:00P on Friday, September 6, 2013.


From top left corner clockwise: Stephen Shearer & Christa Venecia; LED Board at B&N Entrance; SMS Signing Books; "The Twins" Kit Kreilick & SMS; Book Display at B&N; SMS talking during conversations with Tom Santopietro at book event. Center: Author Event Poster.


LIVE Interview 09-06-2013 at 4:30P (ET)
Michaelangelo Signorile interviews Film Historian and Author Stephen Michael Shearer about his latest book, "Gloria Swanson: the Ultimate Star".

Mr. Shearer followed this interview with the NYC kickoff book signing at 7:00P (ET) at the Barnes & Noble Booksellers Store at 86th & Lexington Avenue; New York, NY, on September 6, 2013.

SMS with Gene Heinemeyer, MULTICULTURAL RADIO - NYC
Radio Host Gene Heinemeyer interviews Film Historian & Author Stephen Michael Shearer

Multicultural Radio
27 Williams Street
New York, NY 10005

"Tricia Welsch and Stephen Michael Shearer have trawled through the same archives but written two very different books. Mr. Shearer's 'Gloria Swanson: The Ultimate Star' is more conventionally journalistic—far livelier, more detailed, and not above juicy gossip."

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Stephen Michael Shearer (Film Historian, Biographer, Actor) - Topics: Academic Interest, Biography, Culture & Society, Entertainment, Film History - Travels From: Minnesota


STEPHEN MICHAEL SHEARER is the author of "Gloria Swanson: The Ultimate Star","Beautiful: The Life of Hedy Lamarr" and "Patricia Neal: An Unquiet Life". He has written for the Las Vegas Review-Journal and is also a former model and actor, having appeared on stage, television, and in film. Shearer currently resides in the Twin Cities in Minnesota.

BOOK SIGNING VENUES & MEDIA and SPECIAL EVENTS:
"Gloria Swanson: The Ultimate Star" - PUB Date August 27, 2013
"Beautiful: The Life of Hedy Lamarr" - Stay Tuned for Paperback Edition - Fall 2013
"Patricia Neal: An Unquiet Life"

BOOK SIGNING VENUES & MEDIA and SPECIAL EVENTS:
"Gloria Swanson: The Ultimate Star" - PUB Date August 27, 2013

SEPTEMBER 2013- Completed
(LIVE Radio Interview)
September 6, 2013 @ 4:30P (ET) LIVE Radio Interview SiriusXM Progress 127

Join Michaelangelo Signorile as he interviews Film Historian and Author Stephen Michael Shearer about his latest book, "Gloria Swanson: the Ultimate Star".

SEPTEMBER 2013- Completed
(Book Signing & Lecture Series Schedule)
New York, NY - Barnes & Noble (86th & Lex) - September 6, 2013 @ 7P



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Click on the link below for a complete "Gloria Swanson: The Ultimate Star (Career Appendix).


Now Available: "Beautiful: The Life of Hedy Lamarr"
(St. Martin's Press/Thomas Dunne Books)
Coming Soon - Paperback Edition - October 2013

St. Martin's Press/Thomas Dunne Books

Now Available - "Patricia Neal: An Unquiet Life"
(Hardcover-Print On demand and Paperback Edition)

Meet Author: Stephen Michael Shearer

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