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In a time when the internet supplies a constant stream of celebrity news, takedowns, and an outlet for stanning, Old Hollywood seems impossibly mysterious and alluring. What took place as Hollywood was being built from the ground up, both as a city and an industry, shapes so much of the way we interact with media today. These books present a nuanced portrait of show business as it was taking shape, reminding us of the people who had to combat the repugnant cultural attitudes of the time, the scandals that dramatically altered lives, and of course, the endless glamour. It could be simple for a historical novel populated and led by real-life figures to coast on the novelty, or become so concerned with sticking to the facts that it remains superficial, but Lee Koe does neither. Levy offers insight into West Hollywood in the 20s, and how exactly a site that is an emblem of sophistication managed to live through the 30s and a World War, while leaving its air of worldliness intact nearly years later. Anne Helen Petersen adeptly tells the tales of how the lives of 16 different stars of Old Hollywood were consumed by the public. Petersen writes about the stars of the time in a way accessible to both the classic film obsessive and those of us who know about the bare minimum by carefully linking the celebrity culture of yore to its current-day counterpart.
Selznick, who is busy burning through directors, writers, and money as he films Gone with the Wind. Although tensions run high on the set, Julie finds she can step onto the back lot, take in the smell of smoky gunpowder and the soft rustle of hoop skirts, and feel the magical world of Gone with the Wind come to life. Carole Lombard, happily profane and uninhibited, makes no secret of her relationship with Gable, which poses something of a problem for the studio because Gable is technically still married—and the last thing the film needs is more negative publicity. Julie is there to fend off the overly curious reporters, hoping to prevent details about the affair from slipping out. With meticulous, beautiful detail, Trigiani paints a rich, historical landscape of s Los Angeles, where European and American artisans flocked to pursue the ultimate dream: to tell stories on the silver screen.
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Yes, please! Add to Bag. Briefly fired by famed director David O. Selznik Julie was tardy delivering a message to him on the set of Gone With the Wind , but to be fair, Atlanta was on fire at the time , Julie is rescued from unemployment by none other than the witty, bawdy, good-hearted Ms. Delightful cameos arrive at a breakneck pace in this enchanting novel set behind the scenes of one of the greatest films of all time. Her debut, Die a Little , depicts twenty-something school teacher Lora and her beloved brother, Bill, a junior investigator, living together in s Pasadena.
Hollywood has always had a sort of mythological feel. The movies it produces build worlds from scratch and the actors and actresses who create those new worlds acquire a sort of god-like aura around them. Which, in short, explains why we hold celebrities in such high regard. Synopsis: Aging and reclusive Hollywood movie icon Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life. But when she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant for the job, no one is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her?
A place that is as much about not having money as being rich. The desperation of so many bit players and their proximity to fortune is the true tragicomedy of a city out of which, in spite of everything, so many great stories come. Hollywood is a factory that feeds our addiction to story, gossip, celebrity, fame and fortune. It also supplies the schadenfreude we enjoy when all of the above crash and burn. It is a spectacle in itself, and has therefore been the subject of many books and films, fiction, non-fiction and hybrids of the two, a place that generates its own gravity around which so many of us spin, whether we like it or not. So here, out of so many, are 10 favourites of mine. Blue Movie by Terry Southern A novel about a famous auteur who decides to make a big-budget arthouse porn film, written by a famous screenwriter whose screen credits include Easy Rider, Dr Strangelove and Casino Royale.