- Paperback: 328 pages
- Publisher: Southern Methodist University; First Trade Paperback edition (1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0870744240
- ISBN-13: 978-0870744242
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.9 x 9.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,569,050 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Hollywood's Children: An Inside Account of the Child Star Era Paperback – 1997
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Unlike many former child stars, however, Ms. Cary was able to use her insight in a constructive way: she wrote about her experiences. She expanded on this, to create a book that covers the child star era from the late 19th century, beginning with such stage sensations as Cordelia Howard and Lotta Crabtree, and ending in the mid 20th century with Margaret O'Brien.
This isn't a gossipy tell-all celebrity book. It's a thoughtful look at the impact of fame and sudden wealth on child stars and their families. It can be painful reading at times, especially the realization of the pressure placed on the shoulders of these children as primary breadwinners, and how it impacted their parents', their siblings', and their own feelings of self-worth.
Ms. Cary is a gifted writer, and her book is fascinating as an account of early Hollywood, as well as an inside look at the early lives of some of Hollywood's most famous kids. It is obvious that she researched this material thoroughly, and added her own insight and memories for a more personal touch. When I read it for the first time, I found myself recalling various talk show interviews with former child stars, and thinking, "Oh, okay, THAT'S what they were getting at."
If you have an interest in Hollywood's history, family dynamics, child stars of Hollywood's golden days, or just feel like reading an interesting book on a subject that isn't often discussed, this book is highly recommended.
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Dianna Cary gave a great insight into the world of child stars. Very interesting to me as a long time movie buff - especially the silent stars and early film years in that... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Very interesting book and well written. Goes back before the 1900's! Kids were stars in small shows in mining camps. The history is incredible.Published 9 months ago by lovehollywood