Theatre, Film, and Television Biographies
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Alistair Cooke Biography (1908-)
Full name, Alfred Alistair Cooke; born November 20, 1908, in Manchester, England; naturalized U.S. citizen, 1941; son of Samuel (a minister) and Mary Elizabeth (Byrne) Cooke; married Ruth Emerson, August 24, 1934 (divorced); married Jane White Hawkes, April 30, 1946; children: John Byrne (first marriage); Susan Byrne (second marriage). Addresses: OFFICE--1150 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10028.
- Birth Details
- November 20, 1908
- Manchester, England
Credits; STAGE APPEARANCES
- Host, An American Evening of Humor, International Festival of Music and Arts, Theatre Royal, Bath, U.K., 1988.
Credits; FILM APPEARANCES
- Narrator, The Three Faces of Eve, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1957.
- Also narrator, The March of Time (newsreel), 1938-39.
Credits; TELEVISION APPEARANCES; SERIES
- Host, Omnibus, CBS, 1952-56, then ABC, 1956-57, later NBC, 1957-61.
- host, Masterpiece Theatre, PBS, 1971--.
- narrator, America: A Personal History of the United States, NBC, 1972-73,then PBS, 1974.
- Also host, International Zone, 1961-67.
- "Bacall on Bogart," Great Performances, PBS, 1988.
- The Congress, PBS, 1989.
Credits; TELEVISION WORK
- Producer, International Zone, 1961-67.
Credits; RADIO APPEARANCES
- Film critic, BBC, 1934-37.
- London correspondent, NBC, 1936-37.
- commentator on American affairs, BBC, 1938--.
- host, Letters from America, BBC, 1947--.
Credits; RADIO WORK
- Creator, Transatlantic Quiz, BBC, 1944.
- America: A Personal History of the United States, NBC, 1972-73.
- Editor, Garbo and the Night Watchmen: A Selection from the Writings of British and American Film Critics, J. Cape, 1937, then Secker and Warburg, 1971, published as Garbo and the Night Watchmen: A Selection Made in 1937 from the Writings of British and American Film Critics, McGraw-Hill, 1971.
- Douglas Fairbanks: The Making of a Screen Character, Museum of Modern Art, 1940.
- A Generation on Trial: U.S.A. vs. Alger Hiss, Knopf, 1950.
- (contributor) Challenge of Ideas, Odyssey, 1950.
- Letters from America (essays), Hart-Davis, 1951.
- One Man's America (essays), Knopf, 1952.
- Christmas Eve (short stories), Knopf, 1952.
- A Commencement Address, Knopf, 1954.
- editor, The Vintage Mencken, Vintage, 1955.
- Around the World in Fifty Years: A Political Travelogue, Field Enterprises, 1966.
- Talk About America (essays), Knopf, 1968.
- General Eisenhower on the Military Churchill: A Conversation with Alistair Cooke, Norton, 1970.
- Alistair Cooke's America, Knopf, 1973.
- Six Men, Knopf, 1977.
- The Americans: Fifty Letters from America on Our Life and Times, Penguin,1979.
- (with Robert Cameron) Above London, Cameron and Company, 1980.
- Masterpieces: A Decade of Masterpiece Theatre, Knopf, 1982.
- The Patient Has the Floor, Knopf, 1986.
- America Observed, Knopf, 1988.
- Also writer of a weekly column in Listener; contributor of articles to Theatre Arts Monthly, New Republic, Encore, Fortnightly Review, and the Spectator.
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