From the 1920's as a romantic idol and singing sensation, through the following decades of radio, movies and stage successes, Rudy Vallee led a colorful life. There was enough excitement and controversy to inspire dozens of biographies. Amazingly, however, this is the first to be written. The hundreds of carefully selected photos, many published here for the first time, encompass both his personal and professional life, helping to highlight the Vallee story. This book is a treat for readers who are not acquainted with Rudy. For those who believe they already know him, there are more than a few surprises in store... Doris Bickford-Swarthout, an authority on 19th and early 20th century America, is the author of numerous articles and four books, including: Mary Hallock Foote, Pioneer Woman Illustrator; The Best of Times 1870-1915; and An Age of Flowers. A native of Lock Haven, Pennsylvania, Doris is co-owner of the Berry Hill Book Shop and lives and writes in central New York. This is her first book about a show business personality.