The Purple Diaries: Mary Astor and the Most Sensational Hollywood Scandal of the 1930s

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Diversion Books #ad - One of hollywood’s first scandals was nearly its last. 1936 looked like it would be a great year for the movie industry. She was born poor, and at the first sign that she could earn money, her parents grabbed the reins and the checks. But the marriage was rocky from the start; both were unfaithful, but they did not divorce until after Mary Astor gave birth to little Marylyn Thorpe.

What followed was a custody battle that pushed The Spanish Civil War and Hitler’s 1936 Olympic Games off of the front pages all over America. In these diaries, astor detailed her own affairs as well as the myriad dalliances of some of Hollywood’s biggest names. With the economy picking up after the great depression, Americans everywhere were sitting in the dark watching the stars—and few stars shined as brightly as one of America’s most enduring screen favorites, Mary Astor.

The Purple Diaries: Mary Astor and the Most Sensational Hollywood Scandal of the 1930s #ad - But astor’s story wasn’t a happy one. Astor and thorpe were both ruthless in their fight to gain custody of their daughter, but Thorpe held a trump card: the diaries that Mary Astor had been keeping for years. Widowed at twenty-four, Mary Astor was looking for stability when she met and wed Dr. Franklyn Thorpe.

The studio heads, longtime controllers of public perception, were desperate to keep such juicy details from leaking. With the complete support of the astor family, including unlimited access to the photographs and memorabilia of Mary Astor’s estate, The Purples Diaries is a look at Hollywood’s Golden Age as it has never been seen before, as Egan spins a wildly absorbing yarn about a scandal that threatened to bring down the dream factory known as Hollywood.

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Double Exposure: A Twin Autobiography

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Papamoa Press #ad - In this spirit, and with all sincerity, they have set down the story of their lives. In double exposure, we are given a matchless picture of life among the great—and the near-great—in the now-vanished world between the two wars. The edwardian era had its lily langtry, the Napoleonic its Josephine, the eighteenth century its Du Barry and its Lady Hamilton—and so on back to antiquity.

In our time, among those women who have come close to fitting this role are Lady Furness and Gloria Vanderbilt. From childhood each had the elusive qualities that characterize the femme fatale. And exciting as are their personal adventures and escapades, their story is also a portrait of an era. In every age there have been certain women who through a combination of beauty and personality have attracted the love and admiration of rich or famous men, and who seem to be the embodiments of the feminine charm of the period.

While much has been written from the outside about all of this, the two principals have never before disclosed the real truth behind the rumors and the headlines. Above all, we come to know the minds and hearts and philosophy of life and love of two fascinating women, and something of the nature of fascination itself.

Double Exposure: A Twin Autobiography #ad - The whole world followed with bated breath the searing custody trial over young Gloria that pitted mother against daughter and shook the Vanderbilts and society. In 1921 there burst upon the new york social scene the famous Morgan twins, Thelma and Gloria, whose names in the decade that followed came to spell glamour and excitement in that magic world of the “international set.

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Mary Astor's Purple Diary: The Great American Sex Scandal of 1936

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Liveright #ad - Franklyn thorpe, had found when they were still together. By 1936 she had decided to challenge the arrangement, even though Thorpe planned to use the diary to prove she was an unfit mother. Resolved to fix up the place, tearing away layer after layer until he discovered a hidden treasure: issues of the New York Daily News and Daily Mirror from 1936, Sorel began pulling up the linoleum on his kitchen floor, each ablaze with a scandalous child custody trial taking place in Hollywood and starring the actress Mary Astor.

Its incriminating contents had forced Mary to give up custody of their daughter in order to obtain a divorce. In a hilarious send-up of sex, and the golden Age of Hollywood, scandal, legendary cartoonist Edward Sorel brings us a story literally ripped from the headlines of a bygone era. In 1965, a young, up-and-coming illustrator by the name of Edward Sorel was living in a $97-a-month railroad flat on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.

Mary Astor's Purple Diary: The Great American Sex Scandal of 1936 #ad - Sorel forgot about his kitchen and lost himself in the story that had pushed Hitler and Franco off the front pages. At the time of the trial, mary astor was still only a supporting player in movies, but enough of a star to make headlines when it came out that George S. Throughout, including mary's life as a child star—her career in silent films began at age fourteen—presided over by her tyrannical father, we get his wry take on all the juicy details of this particular slice of Hollywood Babylon, Otto, who "managed" her full-time and treated his daughter like an ATM machine.

Mary, he claimed, had not only kept a tally of all her extramarital affairs but graded them—and he’d already alerted the press. Enraptured by this sensational case and the actress at the heart of it, Sorel began a life-long obsession that now reaches its apex.

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The Maybelline Story and the Spirited Family Dynasty Behind It

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Bettie Youngs Book Publishers #ad - He named it Maybelline in her honor. Throughout the 20th century, endured, the Maybelline Company inflated, collapsed, and thrived in tandem with the nation’s upheavals—as did the family that nurtured it. Evelyn masterminded a life of vanity, but would fall prey to fortune hunters and a mysterious murder that even today remains unsolved.

Now after nearly a century of silence, this true story celebrates the life of an American entrepreneur, a man whose vision rocketed him to success along with the woman held in his orbit, Evelyn Boecher—who became his lifelong fascination and muse. Captivated by her “roaring charisma, ” he affectionately called her the “real Miss Maybelline” and based many of his advertising campaigns on the woman she represented: commandingly beautiful, hard-boiled and daring.

Setting up shop first in chicago, williams later, to avoid unwanted scrutiny of his private life, cloistered himself behind the gates of his Rudolph Valentino Villa and ran his empire from a distance. A fascinating and inspiring story, the music, a tale both epic and intimate, alive with the clash, the hustle, and dance of American enterprise.

The Maybelline Story and the Spirited Family Dynasty Behind It #ad - In 1915 when a kitchen stove fire singed his sister mabel’s lashes and brows, Tom Lyle Williams watched in fascination as she performed a “secret of the harem”—mixing petroleum jelly with coal dust and ash from a burnt cork and apply it to her lashes and brows. Mabel’s simple beauty trick ignited tom Lyle’s imagination and he started what would become a billion-dollar business, one that remains a viable American icon after nearly a century.

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Tinseltown: Murder, Morphine, and Madness at the Dawn of Hollywood

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Harper #ad - Mann draws on a rich host of sources, including recently released fbi files, to unpack the story of the enigmatic Taylor and the diverse cast that surrounded him—including three beautiful, ambitious actresses; a grasping stage mother; a devoted valet; and a gang of two-bit thugs, any of whom might have fired the fatal bullet.

Yet hollywood’s glittering ascendency was threatened by a string of headline-grabbing tragedies—including the murder of William Desmond Taylor, the popular president of the Motion Picture Directors Association, a legendary crime that has remained unsolved until now. In a fiendishly involving narrative, bestselling Hollywood chronicler William J.

Tinseltown: Murder, Morphine, and Madness at the Dawn of Hollywood #ad - . And overseeing this entire landscape of intrigue was Adolph Zukor, the brilliant and ruthless founder of Paramount, locked in a struggle for control of the industry and desperate to conceal the truth about the crime. Along the way, religious zealots, drug dealers, mann brings to life Los Angeles in the Roaring Twenties: a sparkling yet schizophrenic town filled with party girls, newly-minted legends and starlets already past their prime—a dangerous place where the powerful could still run afoul of the desperate.

A true story recreated with the suspense of a novel, Tinseltown is the work of a storyteller at the peak of his powers—and the solution to a crime that has stumped detectives and historians for nearly a century. Never before had a medium possessed such power to influence. New york times bestseller • edgar award winner for best fact crimethe day of the locust meets The Devil in the White City and Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil in this juicy, murder, untold Hollywood story: an addictive true tale of ambition, intrigue, scandal, and the creation of the modern film industry.

By 1920, the movies had suddenly become America’s new favorite pastime, and one of the nation’s largest industries.

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The Whole Truth and Nothing But

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Graymalkin Media, LLC #ad - In the whole truth and nothing but, we get Hedda’s side of the story—and what a story it is. Hedda hopper is portrayed by Judy Davis in the Ryan Murphy TV series Feud.  . Although she made her name as a star of the silent screen, she found her calling as a gossip columnist, where she had the ear of the most powerful force in show business: the public.

The Whole Truth and Nothing But #ad - And in this sensational memoir, she tells all. In her career, from joan crawford and bette davis to charlie Chaplin and Katherine Hepburn, Hopper crossed some of Hollywood’s biggest bold-faced names, and her feud with rival gossip columnist Louella Parsons became the stuff of legend. With a readership of 20, hopper turned nobodies into stars, 000, 000 people, and brought stars to their knees.

From the dawn of the studio system to the decade it all came crashing down, Hedda Hopper was one of the Queens of Hollywood.

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Gable & Lombard: A Biography

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Graymalkin Media #ad - She flipped a coin—heads for the train, tails for the plane. Harris tells the story of Gable and Lombard, whose romance shocked the movie industry, and whose tragedy would change Hollywood forever. Carole won. Clark gable and carole Lombard were united by Hollywood, and destroyed by tragedy. Carole lombard’s mother didn’t want to get on the plane.

But carole Lombard was in a hurry. This intimate biography by Warren G. She’d spent the week on a whirlwind tour of the country, and she couldn’t bear another moment away from her husband, Clark Gable, selling war bonds for the United States government, Hollywood’s most dashing leading man. The stars were all wrong, she said, and her astrologer had warned her not to fly.

Gable & Lombard: A Biography #ad - They flew. Her plane crashed into a mountainside shortly after it left Las Vegas, killing all aboard.

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Hooked on Hollywood: Discoveries from a Lifetime of Film Fandom

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GoodKnight Books #ad - Leonard maltin is america's best-known film historian, film reviewer, and author of books that have sold more than 7 million copies. He remains a thought leader on past and present Hollywood through his website www. Leonardmaltin. Com, and a social media presence that includes an active Facebook page and a Twitter feed with more than 66, 000 followers.

Early maltin interviews had literally been stored in his garage for more than 40 years until GoodKnight Books brought them to light for the first time in this volume to entertain readers and inform future film scholars. He first interviewed greats of Hollywood as a precocious teenager in 1960s New York City.

Teenaged leonard Maltin landed one-on-ones with Warner Bros. Classics casablanca and gold diggers of 1933 as well as many other masterpieces—and bombs—from Hollywood history. Later in his career, maltin sat down with men and women who worked inside the top studios during the heyday of movies and early television.

Hooked on Hollywood: Discoveries from a Lifetime of Film Fandom #ad - He used what he learned from these luminaries to embark on a 50-year and counting career that has included New York Times bestselling books, 30 years of regular appearances coast-to-coast on Entertainment Tonight, movie introductions on Turner Classic Movies, and countless other television and radio performances.

Finally, maltin looks back at what he considers hollywood's "overlooked" studio, RKO Radio Pictures, which gave us such classics as King Kong and the many dance musicals of Astaire and Rogers. Mayer, jack warner, Harry Cohn, and the other titans of Hollywood. In leonard's unique and witty style, he looks at dozens of obscure RKO features from the 1930s, comedies, musicals, including saucy pre-Codes, and mysteries.

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Betty Grable: The Reluctant Movie Queen

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Crossroad Press #ad - Betty grable: the reluctant movie queen is a fascinating and intimate account of the famous star who was for many years the highest-paid woman in America and a favorite pin-up all over the world. Filled with fascinating and intimate accounts from many who knew her well, this publication is a well-documented and eminently readable biography of the sparkling, complex personality of one of the best-loved stars in Hollywood's history.

Betty Grable: The Reluctant Movie Queen #ad - This is the digital edition of the original 1982 print publication.

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The Lonely Life: An Autobiography

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Hachette Books #ad - Originally published in 1962, loves, the lonely life is legendary silver screen actress Bette Davis's lively and riveting account of her life, and marriages--now in ebook for the first time, and updated with an afterword she wrote just before her death. The book was updated with new material in the 1980s, bringing the story up to the end of Davis's life--all the heartbreak, all the drama, and all the love she experienced at every stage of her extraordinary life.

I rode into the field with sword gleaming and standard flying. I was going to conquer the world. A bold, unapologetic book by a unique and formidable woman, her rise to stardom in Hollywood, the birth of her beloved children, The Lonely Life details the first fifty-plus years of Davis's life--her Yankee childhood, and the uncompromising choices she made along the way to succeed.

The Lonely Life: An Autobiography #ad - The lonely life proves conclusively that the legendary image of Bette Davis is not a fable but a marvelous reality. As davis says in the opening lines of her classic memoir: "I have always been driven by some distant music--a battle hymn, no doubt--for I have been at war from the beginning.

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My Girls: A Lifetime with Carrie and Debbie

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William Morrow #ad - His book, celebrates their legacies through a more intimate, poignant, part memoir, part homage, and often hilarious portrait of these two remarkable women than has ever been revealed before. With thirty-two pages of never-before-seen photos and memorabilia from his family’s private archives, Todd’s book is a love letter to a sister and a mother, and a gift to countless fans who are mourning the deaths of these two unforgettable stars.

Thanks to his funny, loving, no-nonsense mother, his own man, but always close to his cherished mom, talent, and to his sister through her meteoric rise to stardom and her struggle with demons that never diminished her humor, Todd remained down to earth, or spirit. Now, todd shares his heart and his memories of Debbie and Carrie with deeply personal stories from his earliest years to those last unfathomable days.

The stunned public turned for solace to debbie’s only remaining child, Todd Fisher, who somehow retained his grace and composure under the glare of the media spotlight as he struggled with his own overwhelming grief. The son of "america’s sweethearts" Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher, Todd grew up amid the glamorous wealth and pretense of Hollywood.

My Girls: A Lifetime with Carrie and Debbie #ad - . A revelatory and touching tribute to the lives of carrie fisher and Debbie Reynolds written by the person who knew them best, Todd Fisher’s poignant memoir is filled with moving stories of growing up among Hollywood royalty and illustrated with never-before-seen photos and memorabilia. In december 2016, the world was shaken by the sudden deaths of Carrie Fisher and her mother Debbie Reynolds, two unspeakable losses that occurred in less than twenty-four hours.

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