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The life and career of Lyle Talbot tells the story of American 20th century entertainment




Margaret Talbot's memoir of her father revisits Hollywood's golden age.
Margaret Talbot's memoir of her father revisits Hollywood's golden age.

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New Yorker writer Margaret Talbot opens the gates to 1930s Hollywood’s in her new book “The Entertainer: Movies, Magic, and My Father's Twentieth Century.” The memoir is a portrait of Talbot’s father, actor Lyle Talbot, the titular entertainer.

A warm, personal remembrance, Talbot’s work touches not only on her father’s life and her own family history, the entertainment industry’s as well. With novelistic prose, Talbot tells stories of Hollywood’s golden years from a rare, intimate perspective. Talbot joins Larry to discuss her memoir, her father, and 20th century entertainment.   

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Margaret Talbot, author of The Entertainer: Movies, Magic and My Father’s Twentieth Century, writer for The New Yorker (Penguin)