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Product Details

  • Paperback: 254 pages
  • Publisher: Cumberland House Publishing; First Edition edition (November 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1581823703
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581823707
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #199,603 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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LAURIE JACOBSON

Laurie Jacobson -- a renowned Hollywood writer and historian - is currently working on a documentary and book on a major Hollywood icon - under wraps right now.

Her fourth book, Timmy's in the Well - the Jon Provost Story celebrated the 50th anniversary of Timmy from the original Lassie TV series. She co-wrote the memoir with Provost, her husband.

Laurie's saucy and inventive Dishing Hollywood (2nd printing), spills the beans on 43 Tinseltown scandals - with a recipe connected to each one. Her second book, Hollywood Haunted (7th printing) covers more than 100 years of ghostly goings-on in filmland.

A reformed stand-up comic, Laurie worked out in Harvey Lembeck's Comedy Improv Workshop for years with classmates Robin Williams, John Larroquette and John Ritter. While performing with improv groups, Laurie immersed herself in the history of those who came before her. The stories she uncovered during this period became the basis for her debut, archetype book, Hollywood Heartbreak (3 printings), a 75-year history of Hollywood told through the lives and deaths of 31 people. Following its publication, Laurie emerged as a leading Hollywood historian.

Since then she has written and produced documentaries, television series and specials, including: 20th Anniversary of the Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Museum of Television and Radio's Salute to Funny Women of Television, The Warner Bros. Studio Rededication Party, The Suzanne Somers Show, Photoplay and Hollywood Chronicles.

Collaborations with other writers include Suzanne Somers on her book Wednesday's Children, interviews with celebrities raised in abusive environments, as well as contributions to tomes like Hollywood Handbook and the Hollywood Archive.

As the reigning expert on Tinseltown's ghosts, scandals and mysteries, Laurie appears regularly on radio and television, including: E!, A&E, History Channel, Discovery Channel, TV Land, CNN, Mike Wallace's 20th Century, Entertainment Tonight, Art Bell and AMC. In 2007, she made her film debut in a role written for her in Not Fade Away, starring Oscar™-nominee Shirley Knight.

Never idle, Laurie is developing several series for TV, including one based on Dishing Hollywood. In her spare time, she's at the reins of Living Legends Ltd., representing more than 120 nostalgic celebrities for appearances.

Laurie Jacobson and Jon Provost make their home in Northern California.

For more on Laurie, please visit www.lauriejacobson.com and www.livinglegendsltd.com

Customer Reviews

Jacobson's writing style is a gas.
Jess Peterson
Laurie Jacobson really knows her stuff and serves up heaping portions of scandal and intrigue of Hollywood's most notorious stars.
Laura
The stories are very entertaining and I love the fact that she also included recipes to match the stories.
Lyndel Navarro

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49 of 55 people found the following review helpful By MrsSchmidlapp on February 21, 2005
Format: Paperback
I had so much fun reading this book! The stories are great and Miss Jacobson clears up a lot of false Hollywood rumors. The best part about this book is that it includes chapters about some forgotten stars like Carole Landis, Dorothy Kilgallen, and Lupe Velez. Anyone who is a fan of classic Hollywood and loves juicy gossip will want this book.
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43 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Crabigail Cassidy TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 19, 2004
Format: Paperback
I fortuitously fell into this little gem the day after xmas.....a belated "BEST" present to myself.
While I already own Jacobson's two other books and hold her in high regard, this book proves that she is only getting better as a film historian and writer.
She assumes a slick, quasi-cinema noir persona in her narrative and mixes in a Sandra Lee-like easy 'recipe' that takes a not too subtle slam at each of the scandals/stories she relates. The vanity of the 'dish' (aka scandal/tragedy/hard luck story) only enhances the general readability of this book. This is a novel approach that makes an already interesting product even more appealing. I kept thinking that the author did a terrific job with the material she was presenting.
Aside from the kidding around, this book is really rather fair and factual. The author knows her stuff and relies on knowledgeable sources to substantiate or refute claims made in the book.
My only criticism of this book is that I wish it had been longer and had covered some other stories that I find interesting and want to know more about. Hopefully there will be a follow-up to this book which will do that.
Anyway, this is a very good read and worth the $ and time spent reading it.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Lyndel Navarro on January 6, 2006
Format: Paperback
I love Laurie Jacobson's books and this one is the best yet!!! I love her "juicy little tidbits" about the stars of yesteryear. The stories are very entertaining and I love the fact that she also included recipes to match the stories. A very clever thing to do!!! It's almost like 2 books in one, a gossipy book and a cookbook! I hope she continues to research Hollywood and to write wonderful books about the stars!!!! My only complaint---it's not long enough!!! I am ready for a "Dishing Hollywood II".
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By David Rogers on November 25, 2003
Format: Paperback
11-25-03 I found Dishing Hollywood to be a refreshing, great book! Refreshing, in that the author grabs the reader from the word Go with earthy text, no punches pulled. I like that. It's a rare book that has those combined qualities! Ms. Jacobson clearly posesses the much-appreciated ability to not bog down the reader with overly-"politically-correct", "same old"-type stories that I've seen in some other authors' books. Dishing Hollywood cut to the chase and allowed me to see a much deeper and very colorful view of some of the celebrities and their scandles! The recipes are a new twist! I've read one other book from this author and, hence, knew this one would be a winner sight unseen! There's not a speck of ho-hum in her books! Thank goodness!
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Jess Peterson on December 5, 2003
Format: Paperback
Rumors and myths about the some of the worlds most beloved stars shattered! Murder! Scintillating debauchery! Drug abuse!
And recipes too!
Jacobson pulls you in and takes you for a ride around the tawdry side of Tinseltown. Before you know it the book is done like a guilty cookie binge but alas you are left with the everlasting recipes. So moo down some more!
Whip up some goose liver pate and pretend you are Monty Clift. Fading away, hoping he will have his old beautiful face back up in heaven before La Liz had to save him in the wreck that smashed it.
Or wish a peaceful rest for the sweet Sharon Tate and her poor unborn baby over some cheese enchiladas. Sharon's last meal..
But that's just the book! Jacobson's writing style is a gas.
Imagine sitting down with a cigarette girl working Ciro's and having her tell alllll about Gary Cooper and his huge uh, salamie. (I'll save the thrills for the book.)
Unknown facts she's got but shy she's not!
Get this book! There is nothing else like it!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Laura on February 29, 2004
Format: Paperback
I highly recommend Dishing Hollywood The Real Scoop on Tinseltown's Most Notorious Scandals. Laurie Jacobson really knows her stuff and serves up heaping portions of scandal and intrigue of Hollywood's most notorious stars. I have read all of the author's books and Dishing Hollywood is Jacobson at her best. Jacobson brilliantly spins tale after sordid tale, "sprinkles" famous film quotes throughout each chapter and "tops" off with a recipe of the star's favorite dish (or, in some cases, their last meal!). Dishing Hollywood is a tasty treat, and I can't wait for Jacobson's next book!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By K. Schonlau on March 6, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I love old Hollywood and was anxious to read this, but was sorely disappointed by this fiasco. This book is a rehash of scandals that have been written about before. There was nothing new in this book except some recipes inserted at the end of chapters.

My biggest complaint was the very poor editing of the Kindle edition. There were numerous, glaring typographical errors. The editing was overlooked; was someone in a hurry to get the Kindle version posted on Amazon? In 2 instances, a sentence was written twice at the beginning of a paragraph. In another example, a Q was inserted instead of a 9. Small and capital letters were interspersed into titles. And, how do you spell "Diane?" Does anyone at Amazon know how to use Spell Check?

If you want to read this book, save some money and get it at the library.
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