Book by Jacobson, Laurie...
|Title||:||Hollywood Heartbreak: The Tragic and Mysterious Deaths of Hollywood's Most Remarkable Legends|
|Number of Pages||:||248 Pages|
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Hollywood Heartbreak: The Tragic and Mysterious Deaths of Hollywood's Most Remarkable Legends Reviews
Hollywood Heartbreak was our bible!” Michael Danahay, executive producer of E!’s Mysteries and Scandals Relive 75 years of Hollywood history through the lives and deaths of 31 people who helped to build it, how their lives helped to create the city and the industry, how their tragic or mysterious deaths contributed to its mystique. It is an enduring tribute to the public and private lives of stars who inflamed our curiosity and captured our hearts. William Desmond Taylor, D. W. Griffith, Jim Thorpe, Mack Sennett, Bela Lugosi, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernie Kovacs, Sal Mineo, Dorothy Dandridge, Lenny Bruce, Sam Cooke, Janis Joplin, John Belushi, Marvin Gaye and more.
There were quite a few of these people that I had not known before, such as Mack Sennett, Russ Columbo, and Albert Dekker, but I really enjoyed reading about the Hollywood "Heartbreaks", that I did know. The book is more than 25 years old, since it was 1984 copyright, but reading about the Hollywood people I did know was very fun, such as Sal Mineo, Inger Stevens, Natalie Wood and John Belushi, among others. What was really fun, when reading this, was that the author said that Inger Stevens was having a clandestine affair with a very married high profile actor. I kept thinking to myself, I thought I just read about this elsewhere in the book, since I was skipping around in it. After a day or so, I finally remembered that I had just read a biography about Dean Martin, by his daughter, Deana, and she lets us know that Dean Martin had an affair with Inger Stevens in her book! Her updated book is "Dishing Hollywood", which also includes a few of these stars, and is also very enjoyable.
I enjoyed this book and learned quite a bit about the deaths of some people I really didn't know much about. I do wish there were a "sequel" of sorts; there have been plenty of mysterious deaths since Marvin Gaye. The book did confirm my belief that Hollywood has pretty much always been a screwed up place ... and I say that as a huge fan of movies and music. ;)
This was more dated than her other books, so not a lot of new information. Still, she writes well and writes from the "inside", unlike a lot of other authors of this genre. I've got a copy of this one if anyone wants to read it.
Clara Bow makes me look like Mother Teresa. And F. Scott Fitzgerald makes me want to quit drinking. Almost.
Good clean fun, but maybe because it's rather dated at this point, large swathes of it feel like not the whole story. I appreciate the way the author puts each celebrity into his or her larger context though, and this is a solid introduction if you're just getting into Hollywood scandal.