Rare Birds

The Hollywood Blacklist affected many different entertainers working in various facets of the industry. In Rare Birds: An American Family, Dan Bessie shares his family history and how it was affected by the blacklist.

Bessie’s family included numerous creative minds over the course of 150 years in America, eventually finding a niche in entertainment via his uncle Harry’s Turnabout Theater. The renowned puppet theater intrigued the public and also had its fair share of notable visitors, including the likes of Shirley Temple, Ray Bradbury, and Albert Einstein.

Not a typical Hollywood story, Rare Birds is one that will delight fans of theatre history, puppeteering, and classic film.

Rare Birds: An American Family is available for purchase via the University Press of Kentucky.

About Annette Bochenek

Dr. Annette Bochenek of Chicago, Illinois, is an avid scholar of Hollywood’s Golden Age. She manages the Hometowns to Hollywood blog, in which she writes about her trips exploring the legacies and hometowns of Golden Age stars. Annette also hosts the “Hometowns to Hollywood” film series throughout the Chicago area. She has been featured on Turner Classic Movies and is the president of TCM Backlot’s Chicago chapter. In addition to writing for TCM Backlot, she also writes for Classic Movie Hub, Silent Film Quarterly, Nostalgia Digest, and Chicago Art Deco Society Magazine.
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