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The sewing circle : Hollywood's greatest secret : female stars who loved other women

Author: Axel Madsen
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : [publisher not identified], New York, NY : Open Road Distribution 2015. ©1995
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Greta Garbo, Marlene Dietrich, and Barbara Stanwyck, to name a few, maintained their images as glamorous big-screen sex symbols complete with dashing escorts, handsome husbands, and scores of male admirers, thanks to studio publicity departments. But off the set, all three box office divas were involved in "lavender" marriages (marriages of convenience, often to a gay man) or remained stoically single. They and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Biography
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Madsen, Axel.
Sewing Circle : Hollywood's Greatest Secret-Female Stars Who Loved Other Women.
Newburyport : Open Road Distribution, ©2015
Material Type: Biography, Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Axel Madsen
ISBN: 9781504008525 1504008529
OCLC Number: 904596089
Description: 1 online resource (216 pages)
Contents: Cover Page; Title Page; Dedication; Contents; Author to Reader; 1. The Odd Couple: Mercedes and Thalberg; 2. Tangled lives: Women Who Loved Women; 3. In Love: Garbo and Mercedes; 4. "In America, Men Don't Like Fat Women"; 5. Lover to the Stars; 6. The Perfect Sapphic Liaison; 7. Enter Joan Crawford and Katharine Cornell; 8. Dietrich on the Rebound; 9. Queen Christina; 10. The Flaming Twenties; 11. Stanwyck: The Best-Kept Secret; 12. Hollywood and Broadway: Transcontinentals; 13. Sodom-on-the-Pacific; 14. Talking Pictures; 15. Hepburn and the Lady Director; 16. Odd Girls Abroad. 17. Camille: The All-Gay Production18. Screen Style; 19. Judy Garland in the Land of Oz; 20. Fresh Faces; 21. The Sisterhood and the War; 22. The Dark Age; 23. Seeking to Belong; 24. Fifty Years Later: Today's Showbiz Lesbians; Notes on Sources; Bibliography; Index; Copyright Page.
Responsibility: Axel Madsen.

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Greta Garbo, Marlene Dietrich, and Barbara Stanwyck, to name a few, maintained their images as glamorous big-screen sex symbols complete with dashing escorts, handsome husbands, and scores of male admirers, thanks to studio publicity departments. But off the set, all three box office divas were involved in "lavender" marriages (marriages of convenience, often to a gay man) or remained stoically single. They and several other Hollywood starlets of the era were all members of a discreet women's "club" called the Sewing Circle, Hollywood's underground lesbian society. Madsen takes a candid look at the very complicated dual lives these great stars led and the impact their preference for same-sex relationships had on their movie careers.

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