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Popular cult author and show business insider James Parish exposes the scandals that rocked Tinseltown
Nothing intrigues the public more than a good, juicy scandal. Add a famous Hollywood star or two to the mix and the nation is hooked. The Hollywood Book of Scandals provides the full account of 32 big, provocative scandals—complete with all the sexy, scintillating, and often shocking details. Written by veteran show business chronicler James Robert Parish, this book dishes the full dirt on: Bob Crane’s mysterious death Elizabeth Taylor’s seduction of Eddie Fisher Robert Mitchum’s arrest for drug possession Judy Garland’s public meltdown Errol Flynn’s trial for statutory rape Winona Ryder’s shoplifting trial
More than 100 black-and-white celebrity photos offer readers a close-up look at the leading players in these sordid dramas.
If you are interested in the lives and scandals of Hollywood legends this book is for you this book goes from the very early days of Hollywood to the resent scandals of some of todays top stars.
Fun To Read
29 people found this helpful.
on July 7, 2005
If you love celebrity gossip and the dark side of Hollywood you will definitely want to get this book. It covers all the infamous Hollywood scandals including the suicide of Jean Harlow’s husband and the murder of Lana Turner’s gangster boyfriend. Some of the stories seem to be based more on rumors than on facts but it’s still a lot of fun to read!
Success de Scandale
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on June 9, 2004
Do movie stars get into more trouble than mere mortals, or is there just something in the Hollywood air that sparks scandal? James Robert Parish offers gripping evidence of both in “The Hollywood Book of Scandals,” which is his most involving and formidable book in years. Chronicling the sins of the glamorous (Lana Turner, Liz ‘n’ Dick, Winona Ryder, Rob Lowe) as well as those of the creepy (O.J. Simpson, Heidi Fleiss, Roman Polanski, Bob Crane), Parish selects 32 cases that are, as he writes, “representative, intriguing episodes of different types of scandals from among the many that have dotted Hollywood’s long history.” His choices offer a spicy smorgasbord. Parish — who had background in both law and entertainment long before the two fields merged — writes with authority and panache. Although he covers some familiar territory in the public agonies of Judy Garland, Marilyn Monroe, Robert Blake and other supermarket checkout mainstays, he more importantly delves into such dark corners as the Hollywood influence of organized crime, the Rabid Right, sexual politics of all persuasions, and other sidebars to fame that seldom make their way into books intended for general readership. For years the bellwether for salacious writing about Tinseltown was Kenneth Anger’s “Hollywood Babylon.” James Robert Parish’s extremely well-researched, highly readable “The Hollywood Book of Scandals” offers a splendid, more reputable, update to Anger’s glorious bitch-fest. Parish not only shows how the mighty have fallen, but how some of the fallen are still mighty.
A Must-Read for Anyone Who Loves Hollywood or Scandals
8 people found this helpful.
on April 19, 2005
By F. A. Sanello
Veteran celebrity biographer James Robert Parish has written a real page-turner filled with new information about Hollywood’s old and recent scandals. His book begins with the controversy surrounding Rudolph Valentino’s love life and ends with up-to-the-minute reportage on Winona Ryder’s kleptomania. Highly recommended. A must read.
Hollywood Book of Scandals
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on June 30, 2004
By Arleen Schwartz
I am always happy when Mr. James Robert Parish writes a new book. Another book about Hollywood, but this one will keep you reading from page one until you finish without putting it down. As a leading authority on the entertainment business, Mr. Parish’s new book covers stars from the 1920’s to the present, young and old. Stars that you would never think could get into such shocking trouble are written about in this book. Everyone interested in Hollywood and the movie industry should read this book and find out what kind of trouble the stars can get into. Be it sex, murder, shoplifting etc., this book covers it all. It could change the way you think about one of these idols. I changed my thinking about a couple of them who I have admired in the past.
A TOTALLY ENGROSSING AND EXCITING BOOK!
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on August 8, 2004
James Robert Parish has given we who love scandals and Show biz a book that will hold a prominent space on my shelves. As a writer for the theatre I am always interested in “backstage” stories and Parish doesn’t disappoint. This is one of those books that I will constantly refer to in my research and just for the sheer fun of knowing who did what, when and to whom. A really fun read and as with all of Parish’s books meticulously researched and lovingly wrought. Anyone interested in Hollywood or show biz in general should own this book.
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