Vermilye, Jerry 1931–

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Vermilye, Jerry 1931–

(Jerry Todd, Jerry Wallace)

PERSONAL: Surname is pronounced "Ver-mill-yuh"; born June 20, 1931, in Englewood, NJ; son of Gerard Lathrop (a stockbroker) and Marjorie (a homemaker; maiden name, Dibble) Vermilye. Ethnicity: "English/Irish/Dutch/Canadian." Education: Trained for the stage at Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theater, New York, NY; Berkshire Playhouse Drama School, Stockbridge, MA; and Manhattan Theatre Colony School, Ogunquit, ME. Religion: Episcopal. Hobbies and other interests: Opera, dance, travel, photography.

ADDRESSES: Home—200 West 18th St., No. 6E, New York, NY 10011.

CAREER: Barrett Bookstore, Stamford, CT, chief stock clerk, 1954–60; DeWolfe & Fiske Co. (wholesale book distributor), Boston, MA, stock clerk, 1960–61; Walter J. Johnson, Inc. (subscription agency), New York, NY, subscriptions clerk, 1962–64, 1965–67; Films in Review, New York, NY, editorial assistant, 1964–65; Independent Film Journal, New York, NY, writer and editor, 1967–68; TV Guide, New York, NY, senior writer and editor, 1968–99; freelance writer, 1999–. Berkshire Playhouse, actor and stage manager, summers, 1954–56; Weston Playhouse, actor and stage manager, summers, 1957–58; Boothbay Playhouse, actor and stage manager, summers, 1960–66; actor or stage manager for more than 100 plays, 1950–, sometimes under stage names Jerry Todd or Jerry Wallace.

MEMBER: English Speaking Union, Episcopal Actors Guild (member of council, 1998–2003), Amateur Comedy Club.


Burt Lancaster, Crescent Books (New York, NY), 1971.

Bette Davis, Pyramid Books (New York, NY), 1973.

Cary Grant, Pyramid Books (New York, NY), 1973.

Barbara Stanwyck, Pyramid Books (New York, NY), 1975.

(With Mark Ricci) The Films of Elizabeth Taylor, Citadel Press (Secaucus, NJ), 1976, revised edition, 1989.

Ida Lupino, Pyramid Books (New York, NY), 1977.

The Great British Films, Citadel Press (Secaucus, NJ), 1978.

The Films of Charles Bronson, Citadel Press (Secaucus, NJ), 1980.

The Films of the Thirties, Citadel Press (Secaucus, NJ), 1982.

The Films of the Twenties, Citadel Press (Secaucus, NJ), 1985.

(Editor) Five Hundred Best British and Foreign Films to Buy, Rent, or Videotape, Morrow (New York, NY), 1988.

The Last of My Gentleman Callers (stage play), produced in New York, NY, 1988, revised edition produced as Not about Streetcars, in New York, NY, 2002.

More Films of the Thirties, Citadel Press (Secaucus, NJ), 1989.

The Complete Films of Laurence Olivier, Citadel Press (Secaucus, NJ), 1992.

Great Italian Films, Citadel Press (Secaucus, NJ), 1994.

The Complete Films of Audrey Hepburn, Citadel Press (Secaucus, NJ), 1995.

Ingmar Bergman: His Life and Films, McFarland and Co. (Jefferson, NC), 2002.

The Goulash Girls (stage play), produced in New York, NY, 2002.

Buster Crabbe: Serial King, McFarland and Co. (Jefferson, NC), 2005.

WORK IN PROGRESS: The Boothbay Playhouse, a history; Brit Noir, a survey of British film noir.

SIDELIGHTS: Jerry Vermilye told CA: "As a lifelong collector of movie-still photography, I was originally inspired to showcase these in a volume exploring a certain star's work, accompanied by biographical text and critical evaluation of the career. This spread to generically attuned volumes and subjects. I type or write in longhand on notepads, later employing others to transcribe on computer disks. I do not own a computer.

"I first became interested in writing at school, when I realized that I had a certain knack for putting words together. Henry Hart, a longtime editor of Films in Review magazine, encouraged me to write for that now-defunct publication in the 1950s and 1960s, thus providing a stepping stone to the film books that followed. It's quite likely that I enjoy the research even more than the writing."