The Legend of Roy Orbison

“Roy Orbison’s voice sounded like an angel falling backwards through an open window.”  That was country singer Dwight Yoakam, commenting on the haunting, utterly unique, and unmistakable sound of Roy Orbison. With his midnight black hair, impenetrable sunglasses—stage fright, not blindness, as some assumed—and awkward, vulnerable stage presence, Orbison was the wounded soul of country. …

The Legend of Natalie Wood

“Natalie Wood never really existed. The actress with that name was a creation of her mother, a disturbed genius known by various first names, usually Maria…The person inside ‘Natalie Wood’ was lost for years, even to herself.” So began Suzanne Finstad’s disturbing and poignant biography Natasha (Wood was born Natasha Gurdin).     Although Natalie …