The Hollywood Book of Scandals

In The Hollywood Book of Scandals, bestselling showbiz author James Robert Parish takes us inside thirty-two of the most amazing scandals in Tinseltown history.

Author: James Robert Parish

Publisher: McGraw Hill Professional

ISBN: 0071421890

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 292

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A Hollywood insider dishes the dirt on some of the biggest names in the film industry, including Bob Crane, Elizabeth Taylor, Robert Mitchum, Judy Garland, Errol Flynn, and Winona Ryder, to name just a few, covering thirty-two of the biggest scandals in tinseltown. Original. 10,000 first printing.

The Mammoth Book of Hollywood Scandals

They include the tragic death of Whitney Houston; the fatal stabbing of Lana Turner's boyfriend; the disappearance of Walter Collins, whose abduction was revisited in the movie Changeling; the sad story of Patricia Douglas, raped at a party ...

Author: Michelle Morgan

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9781472100344

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 160

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Murders, suicides, unexplained deaths, scandalous romances, illegitimate children, cover-ups, and more, from the 1920s to Hollywood's Golden Age in the 1960s and right up to the present day. It covers over 60 scandals including: The Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle Scandal; Clark Gable's Baby Scandals; The Rape of Patricia Douglas; The Life and Death of Jean Harlow; The Sudden Death of James Dean; Marilyn Monroe's Mysterious Death; John Belushi Dies at the Chateau Marmont; Madonna's Hollywood Stalker; Hugh Grant's Hollywood Scandal; Winona Ryder Is Arrested For Shoplifting; The Brad Pitt, Jennifer Aniston and Angelina Jolie Love Triangle; The Tragic Life and Death of Anna Nicole Smith; The Life and Death of Michael Jackson; Arnold Schwarzenegger's Love Child; The Very Public Melt-Down of Charlie Sheen; The Rise and Fall of Whitney Houston; The Marriage of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes and many, many more.

Scandals of Classic Hollywood

But it's not all just tawdry gossip in the pages of this book. The stories are all contextualized within the boundaries of film, cultural, political, and gender history, making for a read that will inform as it entertains.

Author: Anne Helen Petersen

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781101635476

Category: Social Science

Page: 304

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Celebrity gossip meets history in this compulsively readable collection from Buzzfeed reporter Anne Helen Peterson. This guide to film stars and their deepest secrets is sure to top your list for movie gifts and appeal to fans of classic cinema and hollywood history alike. Believe it or not, America’s fascination with celebrity culture was thriving well before the days of TMZ, Cardi B, Kanye's tweets, and the #metoo allegations that have gripped Hollywood. And the stars of yesteryear? They weren’t always the saints that we make them out to be. BuzzFeed's Anne Helen Petersen, author of Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud, is here to set the record straight. Pulling little-known gems from the archives of film history, Petersen reveals eyebrow-raising information, including: • The smear campaign against the original It Girl, Clara Bow, started by her best friend • The heartbreaking story of Montgomery Clift’s rapid rise to fame, the car accident that destroyed his face, and the “long suicide” that followed • Fatty Arbuckle's descent from Hollywood royalty, fueled by allegations of a boozy orgy turned violent assault • Why Mae West was arrested and jailed for "indecency charges" • And much more Part biography, part cultural history, these stories cover the stuff that films are made of: love, sex, drugs, illegitimate children, illicit affairs, and botched cover-ups. But it's not all just tawdry gossip in the pages of this book. The stories are all contextualized within the boundaries of film, cultural, political, and gender history, making for a read that will inform as it entertains. Based on Petersen's beloved column on the Hairpin, but featuring 100% new content, Scandals of Classic Hollywood is sensationalism made smart.

Hollywood Scandals

Hollywood Headlines Mysteries book #1 Gemma Halliday. Here's what critics are saying about Hollywood Scandals: "This first book in Halliday's new Hollywood ...

Author: Gemma Halliday

Publisher: Gemma Halliday Publishing

ISBN: 9780984857463

Category: Fiction

Page: 238

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From New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Gemma Halliday... Tina Bender is the gossip columnist at the infamous L.A. Informer tabloid. She knows everything about everyone who's anyone. And she's not afraid to print it. That is, until she receives a threatening note, promising, "If you don't stop writing about me, you're dead." Now her managing editor, Felix Dunn (from the High Heels Mysteries), has her teaming with a built bodyguard, a bubbly blonde, and an alcoholic obituary writer to uncover just which juicy piece of Hollywood gossip is worth killing over. **RITA AWARD NOMINEE** The Hollywood Headlines books: Hollywood Scandals - book #1 Hollywood Secrets - book #2 Hollywood Confessions - book #3 Hollywood Holiday - holiday short story Hollywood Deception - book #4 Hollywood Homicide - book #5 REVIEWS: "This first book in Halliday's new Hollywood Headlines series is a fun story with intriguing characters and a good mystery. The action is fast paced, the hero is delightful and the heroine is spunky and independent but smart enough to know when she needs help." - Romantic Times “(HOLLYWOOD SCANDALS) is fresh, funny, and has just enough heart to balance the snark.” - All About Romance "Gemma Halliday's witty, entertaining writing style shines through in her new book! I look forward to seeing lots more of Tina as this series continues. A fun read!" - Fresh Fiction

Hollywood s Dark History

This book examines the forgotten scandals of Hollywood’s early years, featuring silent and silver screen stars like Jean Harlow, Mae West, Mary Pickford, Charlie Chaplin, and Errol Flynn.

Author: Matt MacNabb

Publisher: Pen and Sword

ISBN: 9781526740762

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 192

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Thirteen sensational tales of sex, lies, violence, and murder from the early decades of Hollywood. The dawning of the nineteenth century brought with it a new era for entertainment. Vaudeville was the preferred form of entertainment, until the popularization of the silent film. This new medium proved to be a draw for many of the stars of the Vaudevillian stage and soon they migrated to the exciting possibilities that the movies had to offer. Audiences were instantly captivated by the stars of the silent screen. The early days of Hollywood were full of glamour and a newfound decadence. The stars in these films were catapulted to fame and fortune and the spotlight of the public eye. But the real people behind the glamour were far different from the characters that audiences knew and loved, and much like Hollywood today, the lives of the stars were often full of scandal and debauchery. This book examines the forgotten scandals of Hollywood’s early years, featuring silent and silver screen stars like Jean Harlow, Mae West, Mary Pickford, Charlie Chaplin, and Errol Flynn. Don’t let the romanticized black and white world of yesterday fool you. Their stories are rife with sex, drugs, and murder.

Hollywood

This Book Also Has Quotes From The Celebrity When Available. Plus Video Clips When Available. And more. This is a very unique kindle guide. At the time it was created there were no other kindle books like it at all.

Author: Gina Ford

Publisher: Gregford

ISBN: 0692717749

Category:

Page: 302

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Hollywood Dirt, Hollywood Scandals, Hollywood Romance. Take A Walk Down Memory Lane With A Summary Of The Most Talked About Hollywood Stories From The Decade Of The New Millennium (2000-2010) Do you remember where you were when you heard that Michael Jackson died? Can you believe that was June of 2009. What about when it turned 2000. Remember all of the hype surrounding about Y2K? And is there any need to talk about what happened in 2001? Many people still have a difficult time watching any older TV re-runs, or a movie, that have scenes in it from New York with the World Trade Towers clearly showing in the background. Yet despite that, the Hollywood Scandals kept rolling on. And they continued, non stop, through the whole decade. Also, keep in mind that the internet was nothing like it is today. TMZ, and all of the gossip websites, did not even exist at the start of that decade in 2000. That is why this book will be your fascinating trip down memory lane. Stories you will undoubtedly remember, and some you may have forgotten about. In chronological order. You won't believe where the time has gone. Some survived the scandal and are now even bigger celebrities like Robert Downey Jr. Others did not. The Biggest Hollywood Stories Of The Decade 2000 through 2010. Hollywood Cheating Scandals, Celebrity Sex Scandals, Celebrity Drug Scandals, Celebrities Arrested, Famous Celebrity Trials, Even Celebrities Arrested For Murder. This Book Also Has Quotes From The Celebrity When Available. Plus Video Clips When Available. And more. This is a very unique kindle guide. At the time it was created there were no other kindle books like it at all. However, it is a easy read. It is definitely not intended to be a Pulitzer Prize Novel. It's just entertainment. More like those Tabloid Magazines at grocery store checkout line. Click Cover For A Free Preview. Then Get Your Copy Now.

Hollywood Scandals Top Celebrity News of the Decade 2000 2010 Includes Bio

These are the actual words from the celebrities themselves. And video coverage of the scandal, when available. Plus it includes the celebrity bio information.Download Your Copy Now

Author: Info For All

Publisher:

ISBN: 1386991996

Category:

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Get The Book That Gives A Summary Of The Most Talked About, And Most Memorable, Hollywood Stories From The Decade Of The New Millennium (2000-2010)Do you remember where you were when you heard that Michael Jackson died? Everyone remembers that because it was huge. But can you believe that actually was from the last decade? It was in June of 2009.Well, what about all of the unbelievable hype surrounding the very start of that decade. Remember Y2K?2000 was also the start of a new millennium. And that is what makes the decade of 2000 through 2010 a significant period in life for many people. And is there any need to talk about what happened in 2001?Many people still have a difficult time watching any older TV re-run, or movie, that has scenes in it from New York with the World Trade Towers clearly showing in the background. Yet despite that… the Hollywood Scandals kept rolling on. And they continued, non stop, through the whole decade. Also, keep in mind that the internet was nothing like it is today. TMZ, all of the gossip websites, did not even exist at the start of that decade.This book is your fascinating trip down memory lane. It is your personal Hollywood reporter. Stories you will undoubtedly remember, and some you may have forgotten about. But all that you won’t believe where the time has gone by. In chronological order. Some survived the scandal and may be considered as even bigger celebrities now like Robert Downey Jr. Others, unfortunately, did not. And you hardly ever heard from them again.HOLLYWOOD SCANDALS – The Biggest Celebrity News Stories Of The Decade 2000 through 2010: * Hollywood Cheating Scandals* Celebrity Sex Scandals* Celebrity Drug Scandals * Celebrities Arrested * Famous Celebrities Trials* Celebrities Arrested For Murder* Quotes From The Celebrity When Available* Plus Video Clips When Available* And more This is a very unique book. At the time it was created there were no other books like it at all. However, it is a quick and easy read. It is not a 300 page novel with excess information, that will require a large commitment of time just to read through it all.And again, when available, it also includes some quotes. These are the actual words from the celebrities themselves. And video coverage of the scandal, when available. Plus it includes the celebrity bio information.Download Your Copy Now

Hollywood Death and Scandal Sites

My interest in their lives—and deaths—was the genesis of the original Hollywood Death and Scandal Sites, a collection of the more famous—and unknown— tales.

Author: E.J. Fleming

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9780786496440

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 408

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Reviews of the first edition: "entertaining to browse"--ARBA; "fascinating"--Psychotronic; "provides directions for 16 driving tours that encompass famous graves, haunted celebrity homes, the locations of famous murders and deaths, and scandalous locations. A comprehensive index allows you to locate your favorite stars and their infamous activities"--C&RL News; "wonderfully detailed...one does not have to take his self-guided tours to enjoy reading the book"--Tourland; "you need this book"--Cult Movies; "many photos"--Today’s Librarian; "E.J. Fleming brings these dark and fascinating tales to life!"--John Burke, AMC Host. For more than a century, people have been drawn to sites of tragedy involving the rich, beautiful and notorious of Hollywood. Tourists at the center of the movie universe flock to Rudolph Valentino's grave, the house where Marilyn Monroe died, the "O.J. murders" condo, the hotel where John Belushi overdosed, a myriad of haunted mansions. In its extensively researched and enlarged second edition, this book tells the stories of these locations and makes finding them simple. Seventeen driving tours include more than 650 sites. Each tour covers a specific area, from Hollywood and the Sunset Strip to Brentwood and Malibu, covering the entire Los Angeles basin. Concise, easy-to-follow directions are given to each location with 145 photos and the fascinating story behind each stop.

Headline Hollywood

What makes a Hollywood scandal scandalous? What are the uses of scandal? The essays are arranged chronologically to show how Hollywood scandals have evolved relative to changing moral and social orders.

Author: Adrienne L. McLean

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015049998811

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 313

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Hollywood has long been associated with scandal--with covering it up, with managing its effects, and, in some cases, with creating and directing it. In putting together Headline Hollywood, Adrienne McLean and David Cook approach the relationship between Hollywood and scandal from a fresh perspective. The contributors consider some of the famous transgressions that shocked Hollywood and its audiences during the last century, and explore the changing meaning of scandal over time by zeroing in on issues of power: Who decides what crimes and misdemeanors should be circulated for public consumption and titillation? What makes a Hollywood scandal scandalous? What are the uses of scandal? The essays are arranged chronologically to show how Hollywood scandals have evolved relative to changing moral and social orders. This collection will prove essential to the field of film studies as well as to anyone interested in the character and future direction of American culture. Contributors are Mark Lynn Anderson, Cynthia Baron, James Castonguay, Nancy Cook, Mary Desjardins, Lucy Fischer, Lee Grieveson, Erik Hedling, Peter Lehman, William Luhr, Adrienne L. McLean, Susan McLeland, and Sam Stoloff. Adrienne L. McLean is an assistant professor of film studies at the University of Texas at Dallas. David A. Cook is a professor of film and media studies at Emory University. He is the author of A History of Film Narrative.

The Hollywood Scandals

THE HOLLYWOOD SCANDALS is a trio of two-act plays by Hollywood biographer, historian, screenwriter and playwright Michael B. Druxman, each inspired by one of the most sordid events ever to shock the Movieland community.

Author: Michael B. Druxman

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN: 1517351421

Category:

Page: 218

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THE HOLLYWOOD SCANDALS is a trio of two-act plays by Hollywood biographer, historian, screenwriter and playwright Michael B. Druxman, each inspired by one of the most sordid events ever to shock the Movieland community. Filled with rampant sex, suicides and even murder, these three black comedies present Tinseltown at its darkest. B MOVIE tells of the Franchot Tone/Barbara Payton/Tom Neal affair, a torrid and violent triangle that exploded in the early 1950s and kept giving the tabloid press spicy items for well over a decade. Rex Harrison is the central character of SEXY REXY, a brilliant "Henry Higgins" in MY FAIR LADY, but totally disliked by his show business colleagues. Harrison's career was almost destroyed in the 1940s when his mistress, actress Carole Landis, committed suicide, an act that was repeated years later by a former wife, actress Rachel Roberts. LANA & JOHNNY WERE LOVERS deals with perhaps the most sensational celebrity scandal of the 20th century, the affair between movie queen Lana Turner and mobster Johnny Stompanato, who met his violent end in 1958 at the hand of Turner's teenage daughter. The plays utilize simple costumes and props, and are designed to be staged on a single setting, with shifts in lighting to denote changes in time and place.

The Hollywood Scandal Almanac

have wondered where he eventually would place in the Hollywood scandals sweeps. When Marty and Janet Sheen watched him crawl around as an infant, ...

Author: Jerry Roberts

Publisher: Arcadia Publishing

ISBN: 9781614237860

Category: History

Page: 384

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A “this day in Hollywood history” reference that recounts the scandals of the stars—from Charlie Chaplin to Charlie Sheen. The real-life scandals of Hollywood’s personalities rival any drama they bring to life on the silver screen. This book provides 365 daily doses of high and low crimes, fraud and deceit, culled from Tinseltown’s checkered past. Whether it’s the exploits of silent-era star Fatty Arbuckle, the midcentury misdeeds of Frank Sinatra and Marilyn Monroe, or the modern excesses of Lindsay Lohan, this calendar of Hollywood transgressions has a sensational true tale for every day of the year. It’s an entertaining and sometimes shocking trip down memory lane filled with sneaky affairs, box-office bombs, and careers cut short—sometimes by murder. It shows that the drama doesn’t end when the credits roll.

Hollywood Murders and Scandals

Read quotes from Marilyn Monroe, Jack Nicholson and others. Many of your questions about these crimes will be answered and you will be amazed at all the facts and theories contained in this book associated with these incredible events.

Author: Mike Riley

Publisher:

ISBN: 069202591X

Category: Hollywood (Los Angeles, Calif.)

Page: 72

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Hollywood Scandals and Murders: Tinsel Town After Dark is a collection of some of the most famous and infamous scandals and murders going right back to the beginnings of Hollywood itself. From Fatty Arbuckle to Charles Manson and Frances Farmer to O.J. Simpson, the stories will capture your imagination as they describe the backstories of the major characters, the circumstances of the crimes and the results of the investigations. The book includes a short history of the place called Hollywood from its humble beginning as a one-hut bump in the road to the glitzy, glamorous hotspot it is today. Read quotes from Marilyn Monroe, Jack Nicholson and others. Many of your questions about these crimes will be answered and you will be amazed at all the facts and theories contained in this book associated with these incredible events.

Scandals Secrets and Swansongs

Scandals, Secrets & Swansongs takes a close-up, no-holds-barred look at 101 stars—at their surprising, often shocking, sometimes sordid but always entertaining real selves and lives.

Author: Boze Hadleigh

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781493063444

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 280

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Behind the images and facades of stars whose fame and fascination continue to outlive them lies the naked truth. How Hollywood stars lived, worked and died is often more dramatic than their films. When we talk about movie stars we usually dwell not on their movies but their personalities or what happened to them or supposedly happened. Their lives interest us even more than their roles, especially, let’s be honest, their mishaps and tragedies, including early deaths. Their scandals define several movie stars, and Hollywood secrets remain a true-gossip staple, particularly sexual secrets. Scandals, Secrets & Swansongs takes a close-up, no-holds-barred look at 101 stars—at their surprising, often shocking, sometimes sordid but always entertaining real selves and lives.

Hollywood Secrets

" - Romantic Times "Gemma Halliday's witty, entertaining writing style shines through in her new book! I look forward to seeing lots more of Tina as this series continues. A fun read!

Author: Gemma Halliday

Publisher: Gemma Halliday Publishing

ISBN: 9780984857487

Category: Fiction

Page: 242

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From New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Gemma Halliday... Cameron Dakota is the L.A. Informer's staff photographer and paparazzi extraordinaire. Her latest subject is Trace Brody, top-shelf actor and half of America's favorite Hollywood couple. Trace is about to get married in a blow-out wedding, and Cam's editor, Felix Dunn (from the High Heels Mysteries), has assigned her to get the first shots of the bride and groom. But when Cam takes pictures of what looks like Trace being threatened at gunpoint, she suddenly finds herself smack in the middle of a scandal more sensational than even she could invent. On the run, under fire, and in serious danger of falling in love with one leading man, Cam must get to the bottom of this story... before she becomes tomorrow's headline. The Hollywood Headlines books: Hollywood Scandals - book #1 Hollywood Secrets - book #2 Hollywood Confessions - book #3 Hollywood Holiday - holiday short story Hollywood Deception - book #4 Hollywood Homicide - book #5 REVIEWS: "The latest in the Hollywood Headlines series is 320 pages of pure fun. Halliday has created yet another laugh-out-loud whodunit. She breathes life into her mystery with a rich cast of vivid, pulp-fiction type characters and a heroine worth rooting for. 4 1/2 stars!" - Romantic Times "Gemma Halliday's witty, entertaining writing style shines through in her new book! I look forward to seeing lots more of Tina as this series continues. A fun read!" - Fresh Fiction "(HOLLYWOOD SCANDALS) is a great start to a new series that I will definitely be following as Halliday writes the kind of books that just make you smile and put you in a great mood. They're just so enjoyable and I would without a doubt recommend this book to romance and mystery readers alike." - Enchanted By Books "(HOLLYWOOD SCANDALS) is very well written with smart and funny dialogue. It is a well-paced story that is thoroughly enjoyable with a mystery, a little romance, and a lot of laughs. Readers are sure to enjoy this delightful tale which is highly recommended." - Romance Reviews Today

Blind Item

Online “A dishy summer read about Hollywood’s underbelly, featuring twists on real celebrity scandals that weren’t fit for print in their original state.” —ET Online "This book is as outrageous as any true life tabloid scandal—a ...

Author: Kevin Dickson

Publisher: Imprint

ISBN: 9781250122247

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

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An LA Times Bestseller One of People Magazine's “Summer’s Best Books” “Summer’s hottest new beach read, a juicy tome inspired by real-life Hollywood stories and scandals.” —E! Online “A dishy summer read about Hollywood’s underbelly, featuring twists on real celebrity scandals that weren’t fit for print in their original state.” —ET Online "This book is as outrageous as any true life tabloid scandal—a must read!" —Jenny McCarthy, talk show host, actress and New York Times-bestselling author of Belly Laughs No one knows her name, but now everyone wants to. As an assistant publicist in Hollywood, Nicola spends her days (and nights) sweeping up the scandals of singers, movie stars, and TV actors. Fresh from Ohio, she’s rapidly discovering the real Hollywood is rotten under its glittering skin. Everyone is a hustler with a hard bottom line and a soap opera sob story. When she breaks her own rules and starts dating a movie star, the Los Angeles scene starts to spill into her own life. As the paparazzi begin the hunt for sexy star Seamus O’Riordan’s new mystery girl, Nicola’s best friend Billy has her back while he prowls parties for the latest scoop to sell to the tabloids. Her roommate Kara keeps tabs on things too—in between befriending a former child star and transforming herself from stylist to reality TV sensation. As the scandals pile up behind them, their pasts will be exposed... And every secret can be sold. Written by two Hollywood insiders, Kevin Dickson and Jack Ketsoyan, Blind Item's jaw-dropping scandals are real, but the names are not. And they’ll never tell. Don't miss the sequel, Guilty Pleasure, a Hollywood tale of love and PRomance! An Imprint Book “[A] racy, rollicking novel by two industry insiders.” —In Touch Weekly “A dishy new book.” —Page Six “Sprinkled throughout this rags-to-riches wish-fulfillment story are real scandals that busy publicists and managers managed to hush up and hide.” —Publishers Weekly “This novel doesn’t just push the envelope but shreds it.” —School and Library Journal "What a sexy, fun read! It pulls back the curtain, for an inside look at the Hollywood that's behind the glitz and glamour. Blind Item leaves you wanting more." —Kristin Cavallari, television star, designer and author of Balancing in Heels

Hollywood Scandals

Here are Hollywood's biggest stars as they never wanted you to know them--all behaving very, very badly.

Author: Ted Schwarz

Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing Company Incorporated

ISBN: 1634505131

Category: True Crime

Page: 224

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Here are Hollywood’s biggest stars as they never wanted you to know them--all behaving very, very badly. They stood drunkenly outside the three-suite apartment building--singer/actor Frank Sinatra, baseball star Joe DiMaggio, and a pair of private eyes, one wielding a camera. DiMaggio and Sinatra were convinced their former lover, Marilyn Monroe, was inside having sex with actress Sheila Stewart. The lesbian fantasy fueled plans to plan to expose Twentieth Century Fox’s newest star attraction, then kill her. How and why was never determined, the men too drunk to be a threat to anyone. The only violence came when one of the private eyes smashed in the door and took a photo--of fifty-year-old Mrs. Florence Kotz, the real tenant who stood terrified, a sheet held in front of her breasts. It was the Wrong Door Raid and the studio worried it would be a disaster. Monroe favored the Kennedy brothers over the ball player. She entertained Jack on his back in his sister and brother-in-law’s bathtub, Bobby in a more conventional way. And before Jack’s generation reached puberty, their father, Joe, happily ravaged a willing Gloria Swanson--once on the family yacht where Jack had been hiding to surprise the old man. So many stories, so much scandal: Nancy Davis (Reagan) running naked through Robert Walker’s house; Joan Crawford, June Allyson, Dick Powell, and other major stars adopting children stolen from their biological parents by the infamous Georgia Tann; a serial killer and a bondage porn star delighted unknowing viewers of the latest reality television show.

Hollywood Myths

Discover the real stories behind Hollywood’s greatest myths, as veteran film critic and Hollywood reporter Joe Williams sorts fact from fiction and examines how these tales came to be and how they persisted.

Author: Joe Williams

Publisher: Voyageur Press

ISBN: 9781610586603

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 240

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Hollywood exists to create and sell myth. Often, however, the myths created on screen are secondary to the rumors, half-truths, and lies that circulate through studio back lots and the press. Discover the real stories behind Hollywood’s greatest myths, as veteran film critic and Hollywood reporter Joe Williams sorts fact from fiction and examines how these tales came to be and how they persisted. Did Thomas Edison really invent the motion picture? Why has Charlie Chaplin survived as the undisputed king of the silent era? What about Fatty Arbuckle and that ill-fated boys' weekend in San Francisco? Did Woody Allen really marry his adopted daughter? Was there actually a suicide on the set of The Wizard of Oz (or are any of the other countless rumors about that film true)? The tales featured in Hollywood Myths involve specific films, actors' private lives, the industry itself, and urban legends that have existed as long as Hollywood has. Throughout, Williams illuminates what it was that made the biggest stars—from Marlon to Marilyn, Bogie to Brad—shine so brightly on the silver screen. In all, 56 enduring myths are examined, in the process revealing the machinations of myth-making in the fast, loose, and out-of-control world of Hollywood.