The Bad & the Beautiful

The Bad & the Beautiful

Hollywood in the Fifties

Book - 2002
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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 MacNair re-create the drama and contradictions of Hollywood's most scandalous and dynamic decade. Colourful and humorous anecdotes of such public icons as Lana Turner, Rock Hudson, Kim Novak, and Mae West profile the celebrities' lives away from the camera, telling of the private moments that were exploited by tabloids such as Confidential and gossip queens Louella Parsons, Hedda Hopper, and Sheilah Graham. Chronicling the unique obsessions of the era, the authors also offer behind-the-scenes commentary on the making of classic films: Hollywood's curious religious revival with The Robe; the film industry's exploitation of the potboiler Peyton Place, even as it rejected the housewife who penned it; and the anarchic director Nick Ray, who, on the set of the enduring classic Rebel without a Cause, taught his teenage stars about much more than acting. The authors reveal a city at a crossroads, attempting to reinvent the magic and mystery of its past glories.
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, c2002
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780393043211
Branch Call Number: 791.430973 Kashner
Characteristics: 380 p. : ill. ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: MacNair, Jennifer
Alternative Title: Bad and the beautiful


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Sep 24, 2016

Yes. Without a doubt - Chapter 1 of "The Bad & the Beautiful" is (in my opinion) the real, true highlight of this work of non-fiction that takes a close-up look at good, ol' Hollywood of the 1950's (the decade of total paranoia and turbulence).

In this chapter authors Sam Kashner and Jennifer McNair really deliver the goods as they reveal to us the story behind the phenomenal popularity of "Confidential" magazine. This particular publication was a sleazy, tell-all, scandal rag that certainly whet the public's insatiable thirst to know all the sordid details and dirt about their favourite stars and their private activities (nudge. nudge. wink. wink).

Believe me - From outing stars, to religious revival, to ageing actresses, to bitchy gossip columnists, and beyond - "The Bad & the Beautiful" is a book that certainly gives the curios reader quite a different (and, yes, eye-opening) slant on 1950's Hollywood.

(*Be sure to watch "Confidential" video-clip*)


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