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Oscar Night: 75 Years of Hollywood Parties Hardcover – October 26, 2004

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Four years after Carter, Friend and Dunne weighed in with the impressive Vanity Fair's Hollywood, they top themselves with this superb collection of in situ celebrity photographs. Parties that begin right after the Academy Awards have long been a Tinseltown tradition; the electricity and glamour of those events is captured in this hefty assemblage of b&w and color images. Dunne provides anecdotal memories from 1955 to 1994, an era when agent Swifty Lazar's Oscar-night parties moved from Romanoff's to the Bistro to Spago. After Lazar's 1994 death, VF editor Carter stepped in as host; darting through decades in this lavish book, he now invites everyone to the party. Here is a "celebrity gridlock" of famous faces—from Marilyn Monroe to Anna Nicole Smith, Brando to Brad Pitt, Judy Garland to Monica Lewinsky. In a bedsheet-size format (10 1/2"×13 1/2"), photos are displayed full-bleed; the authors also include insets of such totems as matchbook covers, programs and seating charts. Captions deliver details, but regrettably, the photographers who took these memorable pictures get little or no copy, and their credits are buried in the back. Although several blurry shots suffer when expanded to full-page size, this spectacular book, sprinkled with star dust, is well worth its high price tag.
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About the Author

Graydon Carter is the editor of Vanity Fair, author of What We’ve Lost, and producer of the film The Kid Stays in the Picture.

David Friend is editor of creative development at Vanity Fair. Together they edited Vanity Fair’s Hollywood and were executive producers of the documentary 9/11, which won both Emmy and Peabody Awards.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf (October 26, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400042488
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400042487
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 1.4 x 14.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #324,622 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Phillip O. VINE VOICE on January 17, 2005
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This is a beautiful coffee table book and any Oscar or film fan will love it. From the opening photo of producer Buddy Adler's Oscar sitting on the shelf of a hat rack at Romanoff's Restaurant to the final now famous photo of Faye Dunaway sitting by her pool the morning after she won her award, this is a very special book. It is filled of course with great photos of the winners themselves but also contains other interesting mementos, like ticket stubs, seating programs, invitations, dinner menus, sample ballots, telegrams, memos, etc. Also photos of Hollywood landmarks, like Ciro's, Ambassador Hotel, Biltmore Bowl, Beverly Hills Hilton and the Beverly Hills Hotel are included. Most of the early celebrity photos were taken at the banquets and formal dinner celebrations and it is funny seeing all these people smoking and surrounded by liquor bottles on the tables. The book is in chronological order and the photos near the end of the book (from previous years parties) are smaller but much more numerous. The captions that accompany the photos are fantastic - they are not mere snippets but interesting lengthy paragraphs full of fascinating information. Included throughout the book are sketches and essays written by F. Scott Fitzgerald and quotes from the columns of Louella Parsons and Hedda Harper. An afterword by Dominick Dunne and a list of winners, year-by-year compelte this fascinating book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By William Gazecki on September 16, 2005
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I work in "the business", and have been nominated myself for the great gold statue (Best Documentary, 1997). This is one of my faavorite books on Hollywood history. Not only does it show many of the great stars and movers-and-shakers of the different eras, but it shows them at their most relaxed, spontaneous andpersonal best. A very well designed and thoughfully annotated book- a deserved element for a lifeloing collection.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Holly Lee VINE VOICE on May 31, 2009
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A coffee table book! Being a book lover I love to collect beautiful coffee table books to display in my home. People just can't resist grabbing them and flipping through, looking at all the pictures and commenting.

Anyone in Hollywood will tell you that the Vanity Fair Oscar Party is the place to see and be seen. The invitations are highly coveted. After all, the biggest stars in Hollywood are all over this party!

This book shows the last 75 years of the party in pictures. The photos are supplemented with cute stories about the people in the photos.

Anyone who enjoys fashion would love this book. The photos are extremely high quality, and it is amazing to see stars of years past in such clear detail. The way the fashion alone evolves is worth a look at this book.

Get a couple coffee table books for yourself. I promise you that you and your guests will gain hours of entertainment from them.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Miss Yoka on December 10, 2012
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All these glowing reviews made me wonder if people even read the captions that went along with the photos!

You did, you say? Well kindly explain to me the caption under the full-page photo for the 1959 Oscars. You know, the one with the singer in a tux wearing a straw hat and holding a cane? Yes, the one with the caption "Maurice Chevalier, the French cafe and music hall crooner whom Paramount had signed in the Roaring Twenties..."

Hmm. That's a mighty young man to have been signed in the 1920s, you think to yourself...

Maybe because it's actually a full page photo of singer Tony Martin!

I expect the editors of Vanity Fair to have the professionalism to at least caption their photos accurately. That's part of the job of running a magazine, isn't it? *sigh*

Oh, well. Hopefully, Tony Martin (who passed away this year) managed to see this photo and have a good laugh. Wouldn't we all love find our mug in a book commemorating the Oscars!
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By E.L., a reader on March 17, 2012
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As a movie fan who will never get to go to Oscar night but wish I could, I was entranced by the photographs and stories. This is one of the most beautiful books on any subject and something I treasure owning.

I can not describe how interesting it is and how much enjoyment I still get from it. I won't add any details that other reviewers have written except to say if you are a fan of movies and have not seen this book, you are missing something.
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