The Bad & the Beautiful

The Bad & the Beautiful

Hollywood in the Fifties

Book - 2002
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A revealing look inside 1950s illuminates the secret lives of Lana Turner, Rock Hudson, Kim Novak, Walter Winchell, and many others, while describing such key events as the decline of the studio system, the rise of television, the emergence of tabloid culture, and blacklisting.
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, c2002
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780393043211
0393043215
Branch Call Number: 791.4309794 K1518b 2002
Characteristics: 380 p. : ill. ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: MacNair, Jennifer

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Fuzzy_Wuzzy
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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