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updated 04/30/1979 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 04/30/1979 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Hollywood biographies should usually be taken with a grain—if not a pillar—of salt. But there are exceptions like Patricia Bosworth's portrait of Montgomery Clift and the life stories of Tallulah Bankhead and Lauren Bacall. Such books sell so well there will be more of them published before there are fewer. Here is a guide to four new ones.

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