Sam Wasson on Jim Bailey (Presented by Alta Live)

Presented by Alta Live

Sam Wasson on Jim Bailey

Wed., January 12, 2021 • 12:30pm PT • Online • Free

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Jim Bailey spent his career impersonating Hollywood legend Judy Garland, but where did that leave him? Biographer and Alta Journal contributor Sam Wasson joins Alta Live—on the week of what would have been Bailey’s 84rd birthday—to examine the performer’s extraordinary and complicated life and career. Forget your troubles, c’mon get happy, and join us for this special Alta Live.

Los Angeles native Sam Wasson studied film at Wesleyan University and at the USC School of Cinematic Arts before publishing his first book, A Splurch in the Kisser: The Movies of Blake Edwards. In 2010, Wasson’s Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M.: Audrey Hepburn, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and the Dawn of the Modern Woman became a New York Times and Los Angeles Times bestseller. The book has been translated into over a dozen languages and was named one of the best pop-culture books of all time by Entertainment Weekly. His latest book, The Big Goodbye: Chinatown and the Last Years of Hollywood, was a New York Times bestseller. In 2020, Wasson and producer Brandon Millan founded Felix Farmer Press to publish necessary books, each a limited edition, on the art, business, culture, and history of the Hollywood film. Their first book, The Marvel Universe: Origin Stories, by Bruce Wagner, is available exclusively at Book Soup in West Hollywood.


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