This collection of interviews, all personally conducted by the author, focuses on the children of Hollywood legends. Each child (and in one case, grandchild) talks about the joys and difficulties of growing up in the shadow of the Hollywood spotlight. While some were significantly influenced by their famous parents and chose a career in entertainment, others felt no attraction toward the glamour of Tinseltown fame. Among the interviewees are the offspring of such major stars as Errol Flynn, Gary Cooper, Ingrid Bergman, Jimmy Stewart and Rosalind Russell, as well as such prominent supporting players as Jack Elam, Gene Lockhart, Billy Barty and Jesse White. Included is a list of books and/or websites published by the children of the actors featured.
Originally from Australia, Nick Thomas is a chemistry professor at Auburn University in Montgomery, Alabama. In addition to more than 100 published articles on science education, he has written extensively about films and actors, and has interviewed numerous show-business celebrities.