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Mary Astor's purple diary : the great American sex scandal of 1936

Author: Edward Sorel
Publisher: New York : Liveright Publishing Company, a division of W.W. Norton & Company, [2016]
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Biography : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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In 1936 newspapers were ablaze with a scandalous child custody trial taking place in Hollywood and starring the actress Mary Astor; the story pushed Hitler and Franco off the front pages. George S. Kaufman, then the most successful playwright on Broadway and a married man to boot, had been Astor's lover. The scandal revolved around Marys diary, which her ex-husband, Dr. Franklyn Thorpe, had found when they were  Read more...
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Sorel, Edward, 1929-
Mary Astor's purple diary.
New York : Liveright Publishing Company, a division of W.W. Norton & Company, [2016]
(DLC) 2016012782
(OCoLC)937452609
Named Person: Mary Astor; Mary Astor
Material Type: Biography, Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Edward Sorel
ISBN: 9781631490248 1631490249
OCLC Number: 959879285
Notes: Electronic book.
Description: 1 online resource : color illustrations (chiefly color)
Other Titles: Purple diary
Responsibility: Edward Sorel.

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In 1936 newspapers were ablaze with a scandalous child custody trial taking place in Hollywood and starring the actress Mary Astor; the story pushed Hitler and Franco off the front pages. George S. Kaufman, then the most successful playwright on Broadway and a married man to boot, had been Astor's lover. The scandal revolved around Marys diary, which her ex-husband, Dr. Franklyn Thorpe, had found when they were still together. Mary, he claimed, had not only kept a tally of all her extramarital affairs but graded them-- and he already alerted the press in order to obtain a divorce and get custody of their daughter. Sorel provides all the juicy details of this particular slice of Hollywood Babylon, including Mary's life as a child star, and her teenage love affair with the much older John Barrymore.

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