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"The Entertainer"

Lyle Talbot's Hollywood career spanned four decades, from near-stardom alongside Humphrey Bogart and Bette Davis, to roles in Ed Wood's famously terrible B-movies. He ended up in television as a regular on now-classic shows like "Leave it to Beaver" and "Ozzie and Harriet." Margaret Talbot's new book paints a portrait of her father and Tinseltown's golden years in "The Entertainer."

Photo Gallery: Lyle Talbot: Family And Film

Images from "The Entertainer: Movies, Magic, and My Father's Twentieth Century" by Margaret Talbot. All photos courtesy the author.

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Excerpted from THE ENTERTAINER: Movies, Magic, and My Father’s Twentieth Century by Margaret Talbot by arrangement with Riverhead Books, a member of Penguin Group (USA), Inc., Copyright © 2012 by Margaret Talbot.

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