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The bad & the beautiful : Hollywood in the fifties

Author: Sam Kashner; Jennifer MacNair
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, ©2002.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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A revealing look inside 1950s illuminates the secret lives of Lana Turner, Rock Hudson, Kim Novak, Walter Winchell, and many others, while describing such key events as the decline of the studio system, the rise of television, the emergence of tabloid culture, and blacklisting.
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Sam Kashner; Jennifer MacNair
ISBN: 0393043215 9780393043211
OCLC Number: 48817334
Description: 380 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: 1. Wink, titter, and flirt: Confidential magazine --
2. The lavender closet: Bill Tilden, Lizabeth Scott, Tab Hunter, and Noël Coward --
3. Alvah Bessie's dream --
4. High school confidential: Manny Robinson, Sydney Chaplin, Charlie Chaplin, Jr., and John Barrymore, Jr. --
5. Requiem for a rebel: Nicholas Ray and the doomed trinity --
6. Sacred and profane: Hollywood's religious revival, The Robe, and Richard Burton --
7. The artist and "Charlie Movie Star": Douglas Sirk and the making of Rock Hudson --
8. Legal aliens: expats, artists, and Oscar Levant --
9. Love and hate: A Place in the Sun and The Night of the Hunter --
10. Bell, book, and scandal: Kim Novak and Sammy Davis, Jr. --
11. A cookie full of arsenic: Sweet Smelll of Success --
12. The housewife and the sweater girl: How Peyton Place saved Lana Turner --
13. Lana, the sequel: Imitation of Life --
14. Sheer bitchery: Louella Parsons, Hedda Hopper, and Sheilah Graham --
15. The dark at the top of the stairs: William Inge's American dreams --
16. The waxworks: Mae West, Gloria Swanson, and Sunset Boulevard.
Other Titles: Bad and the beautiful
Responsibility: Sam Kashner and Jennifer MacNair.

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The drama and tragedy of Hollywood's most scandalous and dynamic decade, and the legends who have endured. In these stories of momentous events and legendary characters, Sam Kashner and Jennifer  Read more...

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"The definitive take on sex, sleaze-mongering, moral vacuity, and paranoia in the American 1950s....This book soars."

 
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