July 31, 1978 12:00 PM

by John Engstead

This is a truly stunning collection of glamor pictures of the stars, going back to the early ’30s, all by the superprofessional, give-’em-glitter Hollywood photographer John Engstead. They’re sheer dreamstuff, and the running commentary offers bits of mostly worshipful gossip—that Mae West always stood on two or three phone books for a full-length pose, that Doris Day was protectively shot through gauze, and that Ann Sothern was an excellent subject, “fat or thin.” The subject matter stops before the Travolta Epoch and includes such less-than-enthralling types as Betty Furness, but the book is still a marvel for thumbing through, and even reading. (Dutton, $14.95)

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