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7 Books about the Glamour and Intrigue of Old Hollywood
When you think of Old Hollywood , what do you see? Sunny days around the pool, swaying palm trees, all-night parties, and maybe a day or two working on set for the next big studio hit. Los Angeles in the s through the s conjures up images of handsome men and beautiful women in gorgeous clothes; classic films of the highest caliber; legendary romances; and a small town full of industry insiders where everyone knows everyone and there is always lots of drama. This Golden Age of cinema is full of the glamour we have come to revere from our classic stars, but also has more gossip than TMZ would know what to do with. It's this combination of sheer elegance meets crazy scandal that still holds our attention over 50 years later.
I spent one unforgettable afternoon in the home of Gene Kelly when I was thirteen. Ever since, I've loved Old Hollywood ferociously -- the glamour, the scandals, the movie stars, the movies themselves, the beauty and even the brutality of a city built too fast, too big, too grand for its own good. I long for a time machine to take me back to the Hollywood of the s, 30s, or 40s. While I'd love to share all , here are eight of the best. US Edition U. News U. HuffPost Personal Video Horoscopes.
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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.
While present day Hollywood is certainly fascinating, it doesn't hold a candle to the glamour or drama! There were illicit affairs between screen partners hello Richard and Elizabeth! Add in around-the-clock boozing, plus an incestuous dating pool, and celebrities' off-camera lives were worthy of big screen treatment. Naturally, this sort of drama makes Old Hollywood the perfect setting for a novel. The following books offer their own take on Tinseltown—from gritty crime noir to fictional celeb biographies—to tell stories about love, sex, money, fame, and corruption.