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    • The Eiffel Tower: The History of Paris' Most Famous Landmark

    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Maria Chester
    • Length: 1 hr and 35 mins
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    Though it may be hard to believe today, the Eiffel Tower was initially met with derision by many Frenchmen, some of whom compared it to the Tower of Babel and complained that the “useless and monstrous” structure would obscure treasures such as Notre Dame. In response to such criticisms, Eiffel himself pointed out, “Can one think that because we are engineers, beauty does not preoccupy us or that we do not try to build beautiful, as well as solid and long lasting structures? Aren't the genuine functions of strength always in keeping with unwritten conditions of harmony?

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    • Content Excellent but Narrator AWFUL!

    • By Shesgotmmph on 10-12-18

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    • Legends of Hollywood: The Life and Legacy of Greta Garbo

    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Deborah Fennelly
    • Length: 1 hr and 4 mins
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    Of all the great movie stars, there may be none more enigmatic than Greta Garbo, who remains internationally famous despite the fact her life and career raise more questions than answers. How did a Swedish actress with very little film acting experience in her native land arrive in the United States and achieve instant stardom? Most actresses had to wait years before they were offered starring roles in major films, yet Garbo was ushered to the front of the line and perched atop the MGM pantheon.

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    • American Legends: The Life of Gene Kelly

    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Todd Van Linda
    • Length: 1 hr and 10 mins
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    When people think of musicals, two of the first names that immediately spring to mind are Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire, two giants of one of Hollywood's most distinctive genres. Without question, both men played an instrumental role in popularizing and sustaining the musical from the 1930s through the 1950s, the final decades of Hollywood's Golden Age. Although they did collaborate on two occasions, in many ways Gene Kelly's rise to popularity in the 1940s amounted to a changing of the guard.

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    • I LOVE Gene Kelly!

    • By BS2BM on 11-10-15

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    • American Legends: The Life of Jane Fonda

    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Carroll Snead
    • Length: 1 hr and 29 mins
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    Growing up in the shadow of one of America's most famous actors would be intimidating for anyone, but few have emerged out of that shadow like Jane Fonda, the oldest daughter of screen legend Henry Fonda. In fact, when Jane costarred with her father in the last film he made, On Golden Pond, he won the Academy Award for Best Actor for it. However, she has accomplished more than enough in her own career to make her father proud, winning two Academy Awards, an Emmy, and seven Golden Globe Awards herself.

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    • American Legends: The Life of Mary Pickford

    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Lavina Jadhwani
    • Length: 1 hr and 8 mins
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    At the end of the 20th century, the American Film Institute compiled a list of the 25 greatest actors and actresses in Hollywood over the past 100 years, but only a select few worked all the way back in the silent era of films, before "talkies" revolutionized the industry at the end of the 1920s. Among them was Mary Pickford, who was ranked 24th, but was arguably the most influential actress when it came to creating the career template for all actresses who followed, from name changes to salary.

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    • American Legends: Laurel & Hardy

    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Peter D. Stover
    • Length: 1 hr and 6 mins
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    By the 1920s English comic Stan Laurel had been in dozens of films, and American Oliver Hardy had appeared in hundreds, but it was not until they formed a duo together in 1926 that they began to be noticed. Once they did, however, Laurel & Hardy became one of the most famous comedy teams in American history, with a career that spanned four decades and included over 100 combined shorts and feature films.

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    • Woodstock: The History and Legacy of America's Most Famous Music Festival

    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Richard D. Hurd
    • Length: 1 hr and 10 mins
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    Woodstock, more accurately entitled the Woodstock Music Festival; An Aquarian Exposition: Three Days of Peace and Music, represents one of the most enduring symbols of the youth movement of America's late 1960s and early '70s. As the public pinnacle of that social phenomenon, the giant festival that overwhelmed a section of an upstate New York farm for a week during a time of national and international upheaval evolved from a typical speculative financial venture to a defining historical monument.

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    • American Legends: The Life of Billy Graham

    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Michael Gilboe
    • Length: 1 hr and 34 mins
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    By his mid-20s Graham was a Baptist pastor in the Midwest, and throughout the 1940s he began traveling across the country to spread his ministry and message through large gatherings that he termed "crusades". In time these crusades would take place in nearly 200 nations and attract hundreds of millions of people, helping to catapult him to international prominence and making him a household name.

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    • American Legends: The Life of Mickey Rooney

    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Robert Diepenbrock
    • Length: 1 hr and 6 mins
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    "I was a 13 year old boy for 30 years." (Mickey Rooney) In 1939, the year of Gone with the Wind and The Wizard of Oz, Time magazine noted, "Hollywood's No. 1 box office bait in 1939 was not Clark Gable, Errol Flynn or Tyrone Power, but a rope-haired, kazoo-voiced kid with a comic-strip face, who until this week had never appeared in a picture without mugging or overacting it."

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    • Legends of Hollywood: The Life of Richard Burton

    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Scott Clem
    • Length: 1 hr and 7 mins
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    In the 1960s, the most popular actor in the world was Richard Burton, a hard-drinking Welshman who was nevertheless so professional that he was one of the preeminent stage performers of his day. In fact, he performed Shakespeare so magnificently that he was compared to British legend Laurence Olivier, and that success ultimately led to a film career that earned him seven Academy Award nominations, as well as BAFTA and Golden Globe awards for Best Actor.

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    • American Legends: The Life of Paul Newman

    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Robin McKay
    • Length: 1 hr and 10 mins
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    Over the course of his long film career, Paul Newman was one of the most bankable stars in Hollywood during his peak. Having come to prominence as a handsome but rebellious young man in the mold of James Dean, Newman was able to maintain an aura that viewers found both cool and irresistible even into his 60s, typically an age when leading men find themselves on the outs. Newman was even nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for Road to Perdition (2002) when he was in his late 70s.

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    • American Legends: Abbott and Costello

    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Keith Peters
    • Length: 1 hr and 3 mins
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    Ironically, one of America's most famous comedy duos, and the performers of the country's most famous skit, came together in part because Lou Costello had already failed to cut it in the film industry. In fact, Costello had appeared in a Laurel and Hardy film in 1927 before meeting his partner, Bud Abbott, on the burlesque circuit in New York City. In fact, the two first performed together in 1935 only because Abbott filled in for Costello's usual partner, who happened to be ill one fateful day.

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    • American Legends: The Life of Johnny Carson

    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Stacy Hinkle
    • Length: 1 hr and 16 mins
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    Among America's comedians, few - if any - have had the kind of influence on pop culture and society like Johnny Carson, the iconic host of The Tonight Show from 1962-1992. In addition to winning too many awards to count, Carson is proof that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, as admitted by subsequent comedy show hosts like Jay Leno and David Letterman, who not only vied to replace Carson but also used his format for their own shows (and still continue to do so).

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    • American Legends: The Life of Burt Lancaster

    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Charles McKibben
    • Length: 1 hr and 18 mins
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    In the 1940s, there were few actors who personified the all-American look like Burt Lancaster, who set Hollywood ablaze quickly with performances in movies like The Killers, The Flame and the Arrow, and The Crimson Pirate. Indeed, his status as a heartthrob was cemented by 1953's From Here to Eternity, when he and Deborah Kerr shot a romantic scene on a Hawaiian beach that ensured the film's inclusion in the American Film Institute's Top 100 Romantic Films of the 20th century.

    As it turned out, however, that was just the first phase in a critically acclaimed career that would span over 40 years. As Lancaster grew older, he wisely veered away from the early kinds of roles he had as a leading man and branched out into more distinguished roles that were also more challenging, earning him brand new levels of acclaim. In time, he would go on to be nominated for four Academy Awards for Best Actor, including a win for Elmer Gantry (1960) when he was in his late 40s. By the time he was finished, the American Film Institute named him 19th on its list of the 50 best actors of the 20th century.

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    • Trying too hard

    • By Carianti on 11-19-15

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    • American Legends: The Life of Natalie Wood

    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Nicholas S. Johnson
    • Length: 1 hr and 4 mins
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    Few actresses have ever gotten the kind of career start that Natalie Wood did during the 1950s. After appearing in film and on TV as a child, Wood broke out by appearing in the classic Rebel Without a Cause alongside James Dean in 1955, despite the fact she was still just 15 years old. She earned an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress for that role, one of three Academy Award nominations she would rack up before the age of 25. Altogether, she was in over 50 films.

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    • American Legends: The Life of Farrah Fawcett

    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Tom McElroy
    • Length: 1 hr and 15 mins
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    "TV had much more impact back in the '70s than it does today. Charlie's Angels got huge numbers every week - nothing really dominates the television landscape like that today. Now there are so many channels and so many more shows it's hard for anything to get the audience, or amount of attention, that Charlie's Angels got. Farrah was a major TV star when the medium was clearly dominant." - Larry King

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    • The life of Farrah Fawcett

    • By Sharon Tuckett on 11-02-16

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    • British Legends: The Life and Legacy of Laurence Olivier

    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Michael Gilboe
    • Length: 1 hr and 11 mins
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    Of all the great actors of the 20th century, none personifies acting royalty more than Laurence Olivier. Some of this is simply due to the fact that he was actually knighted in 1947, along with a lengthy list of other honors. Of course in addition to the literal sense of the term, there is undeniably a manner in which Olivier qualifies as acting royalty. It is not for nothing that Spencer Tracy once referred to Olivier as "the greatest actor in the English-speaking world".

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    • Sophia Loren: The Life of Italy's Greatest Actress

    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Carolyn Hoerdemann
    • Length: 1 hr and 4 mins
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    "Getting ahead in a difficult profession requires avid faith in yourself. That is why some people with mediocre talent, but with great inner drive, go so much further than people with vastly superior talent." - Sophia Loren Among all the stars in Hollywood, there are few alive who have achieved as iconic a status as Sophia Loren. A stunning beauty whose career started because of an appearance in a beauty pageant in Italy Sophia quickly ascended to the top of the profession.

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    • Bing Crosby and Bob Hope: The Golden Era of Hollywood's Most Popular Show Business Stars

    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Steve Marvel
    • Length: 2 hrs and 23 mins
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    In 1948 American polls rated Bing Crosby "the most admired man alive", and it's no surprise given how popular he was across every major form of entertainment during the decade. With a string of major hits, Crosby was the most popular singer in the country during that era. Of all the show business icons in American history, one of the most beloved was Bob Hope, whose career spanned over six decades across film, television, vaudeville, comedy, and touring and earned him uncountable accolades.

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    • American Legends: The Life of Bob Dylan

    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Christian Carvajal
    • Length: 1 hr and 34 mins
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    In the space of just a few years, Bob Dylan, born Robert Allen Zimmerman, rose from the obscurity of a small Minnesota town to a position of royalty atop the folk music landscape. Not content to remain for long within that niche, however, he went on to conquer rock with elements of blues, jazz, pop, country, gospel, rockabilly, and ethnic music of the British Isles, not to mention authoring several books, working in film soundtracks, acting, and holding international art exhibits of his work along the way.

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