Old Hollywood Book Club. “Jailbait,” he told Niven. As Carole’s personal assistant, Julie must prevent the press from writing negative stories about her boss, which is somewhat difficult because Carole is having an affair with (married) Clark Gable, whose current picture is receiving acres of bad publicity. Books to Read If You Loved Once Upon a Time In Hollywood. Hollywood has long been the land of dreams and epic storytelling, but many stories of scandal, betrayal, and mystery remain behind the curtain. What a waste!” When a policeman approached the car to ask what exactly they were doing, Flynn retorted, “We are just admiring the scenery.”. Of All the Gin Joints by Mark Bailey ($16): Mark Bailey exposes some of the best alcohol-soaked stories of classic Hollywood in this fun read. This is one of my desert … Lora senses trouble and dives deep to snuff it out, but Alice always seems one step ahead, “peeling masks off only to expose other, still brighter masks beneath.”, Paperback In 2016, mobile technology to monitor though-walls is smaller than a breadbox. © 2021 Condé Nast. Three words for you: Carole. An unassuming, lovely young Mexican American singer dates the most coveted white man in town, but their apparently dream-like romance ends in horror. Epic. (Is it a coincidence that Mildred Pierce occupied nearby Glendale, or that a seedy motel is known as The Locust Arms? What are your favorite novels about Old Hollywood? For Niven, perhaps no star in Hollywood was as tragic and troubled as his former roommate (and frequent costar) Errol Flynn. “[It] was hardly a nursery for intellectuals, it was a hotbed of false values, it harbored an unattractive percentage of small-time crooks and con artists, and the chances of being successful there were minimal,” he writes. In 1918 he and his first wife formed the Coburn Players and appeared on Broadway in many plays. Enter smart, resourceful Jessie Carr, former Vaudeville actress who’s met enough hucksters, schemers, bootleggers, and scoundrels to recognize one when she sees one. The very married Cotten vowed that if Hopper slandered him again, he would “kick her up the ass!” According to Niven: “Sure enough, Hedda went into action again a few days later, and the next time Cotten saw Hedda’s behind entering a smart Hollywood party, he lined up on the target and let her have it.”, Since Bring on the Empty Horses’ publication, Hollywood biographers have been attempting to unravel the real identity of the drug addicted, industry-abused sex-symbol Niven writes about in a two-part chapter titled “Our Little Girl.” Referred to only as “Missie,” this studio-created star possessed the “most beautiful body in Hollywood” and was referred to as “the boy’s erector set.”. Reviewed in the United States on November 29, 2020. I used that book when I was doing research for my fictional book about 1935 Hollywood. $21.99, Silent Murders, by Mary Miley To Zelda, exiled at an asylum back east, he writes that he’s “ready to do battle with Goldwyn and Mayer and whatever third head of Cerberus guards the gates.” O’Nan’s effortlessly compelling imagining of Fitzgerald’s time in Los Angeles, in which he frets over his beloved daughter Scottie and romances Sheilah Graham, is so deft and real I think it may have launched a new literary style: third person memoir, perhaps? This is the first in George Baxt’s Hollywood Mysteries, set in Golden Age Hollywood—though this first book also takes place in New York City. Hollywood Babylon Originally published in Paris, this is a collection of Old Hollywood's juiciest gossip, compiled by former child actor Kenneth Anger. Read 829 reviews from the world's largest community for readers. Bonus: There’s also a Hollywood Babylon II. Day of the Locust, by Nathanael West, What Makes Sammy Run?, by Budd Schulberg, and Play it as it Lays, by Joan Didion perpetually compete for … Will be used in accordance with our Privacy Policy. It had me thinking a lot about the politics of outing the dead. Before she wrote her wickedly dark, teen-centered contemporary books Dare Me, The Fever, and this summer’s gymnastics tour de force You Will Know Me, Abbott wrote straight-up noir. See more ideas about old hollywood, hollywood, hollywood book. Julie and Carole share more than just their home state of Indiana; they’re both determined to pave their own paths as women. The Golden Age of Hollywood, between the 1910s and 1960s, was a period when Hollywood experienced an influx of experimental film making. What we talk about when we talk about Old Hollywood: classic movies, glamorous movie stars, true crime, lush romance, bitter disillusionment, and of course a dash of noir, all tucked away behind Los Angeles’s seemingly perfect, sun-shiny facade. Mann. Fanfic. (shelved 23 times as old-hollywood) avg rating … See more ideas about Old hollywood, Books, Hollywood. My Wicked, Wicked Ways by Errol Flynn Sexy. A frenzied, “unconventional beauty…like a windup toy, or dominoes falling, unstoppable,” Alice snags Bill for her husband. (The first 25 are ranked after AFI's 25 greatest actresses of all time, the rest are not ranked in order!) The siblings’ close-knit relationship is threatened by the arrival of Alice Steele, a film costumer who’s no stranger to the seedy underbelly of Hollywood. According to Niven, in a voice loud enough for all of Hollywood to hear, Lombard proclaimed, “Who the fuck does Norma think she is? What we talk about when we talk about Old Hollywood: classic movies, glamorous movie stars, true crime, lush romance, bitter disillusionment, and of course a dash of noir, all tucked away behind Los Angeles’s seemingly perfect, sun-shiny facade. It’s a great book with beautiful pictures. The Hollywood Book of Scandals : The Shocking, Often Disgraceful Deeds and Affairs of Over 100 American Movie and TV Idols [Parish, James] on Amazon.com. Tragic. Vanity Fair may earn a portion of sales from products that are purchased through our site as part of our Affiliate Partnerships with retailers. So just who was “Missie”? Here are a few of my favorite books that explore Old Hollywood with great aplomb: Advertisement. City of Nets: A Portrait of Hollywood in the 1940s by Otto Friedrich. Fun yes, but also freaky. Thought Netflix’s Hollywood was juicy? Get 3 for the price of 2. Just wait until you hear what the golden age star had to say about Errol Flynn, Carole Lombard, and more in his memoir Bring on the Empty Horses. A Way of Life, Like Any Other by Darcy O’Brien. According to David Niven, debonair star of films including Wuthering Heights, Around the World in 80 Days, and Bonjour Tristesse, not all full-service brothels in the golden age of movies were run out of gas stations, as in Ryan Murphy’s Netflix series Hollywood. Old Hollywood’s Most Scandalous Secrets, as Told by David Niven. Whether or not everything in this legendary book of Hollywood gossip is entirely true is a matter of some debate, but there's certainly nothing boring about Kenneth Anger's collection of … “There is what you see and what you make of it, what you know for sure and what you have to experience, what others tell you and what gets confirmed.”, Paperback The house madam?”, Matinee idol Tyrone Power might have been blessed with “flashing good looks, graceful carriage, and easy laughter,” writes Niven, but his confidence was shattered playing Santa at a Christmas party for a host of Hollywood kids (including a young Candice Bergen). But others believe the second chapter is based on an experience Niven had with the troubled Vivien Leigh. He does so with such grace and panache that one is almost unaware secrets are being revealed—but revealed they are, much to every Hollywood fan’s gossipy delight. Niven claims that Hopper, with her “brisk staccato way of demanding replies rather than asking questions,” was fond of summoning stars to her Beverly Hills home (which she called “the house that fear built”). Things only get stranger from there, when he falls for a cosmetician at a (human) mortuary. $13.95, What You See in the Dark, by Manuel Muñoz Goodreads. Whoever she was, Niven seems haunted by Missie—and perhaps his own complicity in Hollywood’s sexist and abusive system. Sometimes it takes an outsider’s perspective to see something for what it really is. (For the definitive non-fiction account of Taylor, don’t miss Tinseltown: Murder, Morphine, and Madness at the Dawn of Hollywood, by William J. Sunny days around the pool, swaying palm trees, all-night parties, and maybe a day or two working … Advertisement. Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. A new documentary tells the story of Old Hollywood's inescapable closet through the eyes of a man once known as the “Pimp to the Stars.” ... Bowers’ book names names, and he goes into detail in your film about the particular sexual preferences of some of these celebrities. Ad Choices. The greatest actresses of the pre-60's, Hollywood's Golden Age. Day of the Locust, by Nathanael West, What Makes Sammy Run?, by Budd Schulberg, and Play it as it Lays, by Joan Didion perpetually compete for Definitive Hollywood Book, but there are stacks of lesser-known supporting players in this category who deserve starring roles. Clara Bow: Runnin' Wild (Paperback) by David Stenn. Errol Flynn Was a Big Fan of Hollywood High School. I own Hollywood Love Stories. 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. Lombard. Rolston's photographs recall the glamour of "Old Hollywood" with postmodern irony, helping to point the way towards the cult of fame we live with today. As he swayed up to Niven’s house, Niven accidentally turned on the sprinkler to his lawn, drenching the drunk star. But not every movie star took Hopper’s abuse lying down. A bone-dry, hilarious look at the absurdity of Hollywood and those who become trapped trying to maintain careers as writers or publicists in an ever-fickle industry. Even in a culture obsessed with the future, Karina Longworth’s Old Hollywood podcast ... and her diary from that time is turned into a book and a movie [1944’s Four Jills in a Jeep]. Authored by Darcy O’Brien, the son of two actors, this … $16.00. He describes a hellish experience, with a naked, manic Missie taunting him, asking for his reassurance of her beauty, refusing to eat anything but cottage cheese, and never sleeping. Just wait … According to Niven, when USSR premier Nikita Khrushchev and his family visited Hollywood in September of 1959, they were treated to the filming of a dance scene for the upcoming Shirley MacLaine musical Can-Can—which evidently left the Soviet leader decidedly unimpressed. Mar 7, 2020 - Explore ClassicFilmListress's board "old hollywood cook books", followed by 145 people on Pinterest. 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Down ‘n’ dirty historical fiction set against Hollywood’s golden age? 7. Additionally, such a system can identify elevated heart and respiratory rates in a crowd, acting as a physiological marker to a potential threat. Lombard. On one particularly troubling occasion, Niven claims that Flynn (who was tried and acquitted of statutory rape by two women in the early 1940s) invited him to go view “the best-looking girls in L.A.” Allegedly, Flynn then drove them down Sunset Boulevard, parking directly across from Hollywood High just as school was letting out. The Genius of the System by Thomas Schatz. 110 miles north of L.A., a dusty inland city currently known for its poor air quality and 108-degree summers, Bakersfield was a very different place in the 1950s, beautifully rendered by Muñoz in his unforgettable 2011 debut novel. In her book, The Girls: Sappho Goes to Hollywood, journalist Diana McLellan spent five years researching A-list lesbian love affairs of Old Hollywood (via The New York Times). 6 Irresistible Novels About Old Hollywood. Use of this site constitutes acceptance of our User Agreement (updated as of 1/1/21) and Privacy Policy and Cookie Statement (updated as of 1/1/21) and Your California Privacy Rights. This was recommended by Ethan Lichtenberg from … Prolific English writer Waugh went for the satiric jugular in this account of Brits living in 1940s Los Angeles and working in the entertainment industry. I think not.) According to Niven, as her looks faded and her career hit the skids, Missie became addicted to pills supplied by doctor nicknamed “Needle Ned.” In his harrowing second chapter about Missie, Niven recalls caring for her alone for three days when she was in the midst of a major mental health crisis. With her death in 1937, he accepted a Hollywood contract and began making films at the age of sixty. A Touch of Stardust book. According to actor Stewart Granger, he and Niven spent a torturous time caring for Leigh—who had bipolar disorder and substance abuse problems—until her husband Laurence Olivier could commit her to a hospital. Verified Purchase. The material on this site may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, cached or otherwise used, except with the prior written permission of Condé Nast. Hardcover $11.99 $ 11. 5.0 out of 5 stars A great TCM published book on old Hollywood and its fascinating people and stories! Grab yourself a Gin Rickey and kick back with these irresistible tales from La La Land. The Hollywood Book of Scandals : The Shocking, Often Disgraceful Deeds and Affairs of Over 100 American Movie and TV Idols He penned thirteen books in this series in which celebrities like Greta Garbo, William Powell, and Fred Astaire are involved in the murder cases and are sometimes the actual sleuth. To revisit this article, visit My Profile, then View saved stories. Thought Netflix’s Hollywood was juicy? 4.5 out of 5 stars 54. The Christmas IQ Quiz: Can You Name Which Books These Quotes Come From? $16.99, Die a Little, by Megan Abbott Mar 1, 2015 - Explore Sofia's board "Old Hollywood & books" on Pinterest. Thanks for the great post! Sign up for our daily Hollywood newsletter and never miss a story. These were revolutionary years, filled with exceptional talent, new camera technology and more freedom for script writers. This tale and many more are recorded in Niven’s 1975 memoir, Bring on the Empty Horses, which has long been considered by those in the know—including (strangely enough) conservative commentator William F. Buckley Jr.—one of the best books ever written about Hollywood in its studio-system heyday. The Loved One, Evelyn Waugh conservative commentator William F. Buckley Jr. A Touch of Stardust, by Kate Alcott There, terrified actors were plied with alcohol, spilling secrets—often their friends’—while Hopper “shrewdly sipped tonic water.”. Print; Earlier this month, the New York Times ran an article about celebrity authored books. 99 $16.95 $16.95. Also, if you love old pictures of Hollywood then check out Wilshire Boulevard: Grand Concourse of Los Angeles. Terrified of performing for children, Power leaned heavily on a bottle of scotch, and was soused when he turned up dressed as Father Christmas. The memoir is a follow-up to his equally delightful 1971 autobiography, The Moon’s a Balloon. A delicious, unputdownable mystery, Silent Murders is based in part on the real-life killing of director William Desmond Taylor. To revisit this article, select My⁠ ⁠Account, then View saved stories. “The great thing about Errol was you always knew exactly where you stood with him because he always let you down,” he writes. But Niven claimed that as “Santa” staggered off, “some children cried…and one complained about his breath.”, Joseph Cotten Kicked Hedda Hopper’s Derriere, The terror that Hollywood gossip columnist Hedda Hopper inspired in movieland’s elite was palpable. “The sort who come to your parties but not your funeral.”) As a script-girl-in-training on the 1925 set of Don Q, Son of Zorro, starring Douglas Fairbanks, Jessie becomes embroiled in a series of slayings tangentially related to Fairbanks and his generous, powerhouse wife, Betty Pickford. Walk-on roles from Dorothy Parker, Ernest Hemingway, and Humphrey Bogart add to the poignant, booze-and-pill-soaked atmosphere of 1930s Hollywood. The whole ballroom gasped when Lombard dared to come for Shearer, who was married to the all-powerful boy-wonder producer Irving Thalberg. If you can’t resist those sensational tabloid headlines, this is the book for you. Movie Star Memoirs From the awards race to the box office, with everything in between: get the entertainment industry's must-read newsletter. In this sequel to Miley’s phenomenal debut The Impersonator, the title refers not only to the Silent Era film stars at risk, but also the method of their violent ends—the killer at large appears to be using a silencer. Paperback The physical description is spot on, as is the biography. Khrushchev and his cronies gazed with “undisguised horror,” writes Niven, as MacLaine and her scantily-clad dancer comrades “kicked their legs, swirled their petticoats, waggled their knees, and ended up with their skirts over their heads and their bottoms pointing directly at the guest of honor and his family.” Krushchev wound up giving a one-word summation of the performance to the publicity flacks who then asked for his comment: “DISGUSTING!”, Screwball comedian Carole Lombard, who was known for being particularly outspoken, was apparently incensed when 1930s MGM queen Norma Shearer showed up at her own all-white party at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in a bright red dress. The Fedora Lounge. When you think of Old Hollywood, what do you see? Through a series of thematic vignettes, Niven spills the tea on the passions and pretentions of stars like Humphrey Bogart (a real softie), Mary Astor (at her best in bed), Fred Astaire (a terrible dancer in public), Greta Garbo ( a big fan of skinny-dipping), and Charlie Chaplin (a pompous bore). Always great to meet another old movie fan. Differing perspectives from out-of-towners and locals makes for a rich tapestry. Paperback As their star-crossed relationship plays out, Alfred Hitchcock arrives in town (complete with his film crew and leading lady, Janet Leigh), to film his seminal masterpiece, Psycho. Reading the stars: books from old Hollywood. Here are all the actresses worth mentioning from this era. Yes, please! Books Advanced Search New Releases Best Sellers & More Children's Books Textbooks Textbook Rentals Sell Us Your Books Best Books of the Month 1-16 of over 1,000 results for Books : Collectible : "old hollywood" If you loved Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time In Hollywood, we’ve got a few book suggestions for you! Wild. The Hollywood Book Club: (Portrait Photography Books, Coffee Table Books, Hollywood History, Old Hollywood Glamour, Celebrity Photography) by Steven Rea | Sep 10, 2019. A cigar-smoking, monocled, swag-bellied character actor known for his Old South manners and charm. It’s 1938, and Julie Crawford has come to Hollywood to write, just like her idol Frances Marion. From the Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Looking for more? Her 2005 debut, Die a Little, depicts twenty-something school teacher Lora and her beloved brother, Bill, a junior investigator, living together in 1950s Pasadena. 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