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Kenneth Anger's Hollywood Babylon II Paperback – May, 1990


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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Plume (May 1990)
  • ISBN-10: 9994422308
  • ISBN-13: 978-9994422302
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 7 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,016,383 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By wdintexas on March 19, 2002
Little of the tackiness and snippy attitude of its predecessor is lost in Holly Baby 2. Still, this sequel suffers a bit by comparison. There is a forced effort to this collection and the material seems to be running a tad thin in places. For example, the catalog of suicides that runs on for about 60 pages plays more to form than to substance. In addition to waxing morbid, it mixes together a wide range of unrelated causes for death. Some of the suicides are Hollywood vanity tragedies; some are merely the tired, the old, and the infirm euthanizing themselves. Some of the dead "stars" are likely unknown outside their inclusion in this list. There are several sections of photos without text that don't quite convey whatever scandal it is they propose to expose. Also, the text dilutes the sting of its rebuke by including such unrelated items as the "scandal" of Elizabeth Taylor getting fat, along with some very unflattering photos to accompany. On the other hand, the expose of Joseph Kennedy (JFK and RFK's dad) is ringing, and Anger's diatribe against Ronnie Reagan is pure carbolic acid. There is enough cheese-and-sleaze here that even with its faults, Holly Baby 2 delivers the kind of kiss-and-tell voyeurism that one goes looking between its covers for in the first place.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Vanessa K. Moore on November 30, 2001
As captivated as I was by the first Hollywood Babylon ,part 2 is even better! Packed with more photos and Angers cunning (and cutting)campy wit it brings "old hollywood" to its knees (no pun intended!).A wonderful look at the behind the scenes Hollywood of the past its a great read .I cant wait for 20+ years from now somebody,somewhere does a part 3 and brings us up to date about whats STILL must going on behind the scenes.This book works for truecrime fans,hollywood/movie buffs or anybody who reads tabloids in the checkout line when they think no ones looking!!!! A fun,campy thrill ride of fun!!!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By B. Wolinsky on July 24, 2012
Anger's biographer Bill Landis says this book was written in great haste, and I'm inclined to agree. It consists of shallow, badly-written anecdotes that wouldn't be good enough for the Weekly World News. There's a set of photos of Liz Taylor in her "fat" stage with no accompanying story, and that's a waste. The best part of the book is the one about Alex Pantages, who most readers have probably never heard of, so for that I'm greatful. But the rest is nothing but lists of actors who died from drugs. Anger could've written a great article on John Landis, and how he got two children killed while making the Twilight Zone movie, or Heaven's Gate, the most expensive flop of all time. But instead he just throws stories together.

Lighten up Kenneth. Your bitterness ruins the book. If you really want to write a bestseller, why not track down and interview the ex-stars? And why not write about what you've been doing for the last 30 years?
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