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The Hollywood Book of Scandals : The Shocking, Often Disgraceful Deeds and Affairs of Over 100 American Movie and TV Idols Paperback – May 24, 2004

ISBN-13: 063-9785415862 ISBN-10: 0071421890 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (May 24, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071421890
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071421898
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 7.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,615 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

The inside scoop on the biggest headline-grabbing scandals in 100 years of Hollywood history

Which '50s and '60s silver screen he-man preferred them blond, buff, and mustachioed? Against which hot-tempered movie tough guy did Hollywood madam Heidi Fleiss take out an order of protection? What was Joan "Mommie Dearest" Crawford's preferred method of keeping son Christopher out of sight during dinner parties?

For as long as there have been big Hollywood stars there have been explosive Hollywood scandals: From the Fatty Arbuckle rape case to the puzzling death of Thelma Todd, from Lana Turner and the fatal knifing of mobster Johnny Stompanato to Ingrid Bergman and Roberto Rossellini's forbidden love, the passage of years has done nothing to dull their ability to captivate us.

In The Hollywood Book of Scandals, bestselling showbiz author James Robert Parish takes us inside thirty-two of the most amazing scandals in Tinseltown history. Going beyond the tabloids and the entertainment news, Parish unfolds the fascinating accounts of the men and women behind the glamorous public images, recounting where they came from, how they rose to the top, and how they got into sensational trouble.

You'll get the deep dish on:

  • Silent film star Wallace Reid's tragic death from drug addiction
  • Errol Flynn's statutory rape trial
  • Loretta Young and Clark Gable's secret love child
  • Liz Taylor's seduction of crooner Eddie Fisher
  • Judy Garland's pathetic public meltdown
  • Bob Crane's baffling death
  • The X-rated Rob Lowe sex video
  • The killing of rapper Tupac Shakur
  • Winona Ryder's infamous shoplifting spree and trial
  • The Robert Blake murder trial

About the Author

James Robert Parish is a leading authority on show business and popular culture and the acclaimed author of many published books, including The Hollywood Book of Death, Hollywood Bad Boys, Hollywood Divas, and The Hollywood Book of Love.


More About the Author

I have the privilege of doing work (i.e., writing books) that I thoroughly enjoy, so it is no real chore to be active on my book projects seven days a week. Doing research is much like being a detective, bringing as many elements of the subject's life to light and assessing how each piece fits into the puzzle of a celebrity's biography.

Customer Reviews

If you love gossip, scandals, Hollywood, or history this is a must read.
Suzanna Kelton
By the time someone else gets around to doing a similar book it will be too late to get it from the horse's mouth.
R. McKay
As usual, Mr Parish provides an entertaining, informative book on the great scandals of Hollywood.
C L George

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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By MrsSchmidlapp on July 7, 2005
Format: Paperback
If you love celebrity gossip and the dark side of Hollywood you will definitely want to get this book. It covers all the infamous Hollywood scandals including the suicide of Jean Harlow's husband and the murder of Lana Turner's gangster boyfriend. Some of the stories seem to be based more on rumors than on facts but it's still a lot of fun to read!
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Courtney Rabideau on April 27, 2006
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If you are interested in the lives and scandals of Hollywood legends this book is for you this book goes from the very early days of Hollywood to the resent scandals of some of todays top stars.

Here are just a few of the things that are covered in the book

1.The Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle scandal of the death of Virginia Rapp

2.The shocking death of director William Desmond Taylor

3.The Clara Bow courtroom drama

4.the rape charge against Errol Flynn

5.The secret love child of Clark Gable and Loretta Young

6.Joan Crawford-demon mother extraordinaire

7.The Ingrid Bergman-Roberto Rossellini affair

8.the Elizabeth Taylor-Debbie Reynolds-Eddie Fisher triangle

9.the affair between Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton

10.The Death of Nicole Brown Simpson

11.The Murder trial of Robert Blake

And many many more stories that will keep you reading for a long time
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Charlene Vickers on March 23, 2007
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I found this book to be very disjointed, badly organized, and even poorly written. The list of "scandals" is the same old list of tired stories, innuendo, and might-have-beens that every movie fan and scandal fan likely knows about already. Worse, some of the occurrences Parish lists aren't really even scandals - the fact that Robert Blake was tried for his wife's murder may be a scandal, but in 2007 is the fact that Cary Grant shared a house with a fellow male star even slightly scandalous? The only scandal is in those who judged him, one way or the other.

In addition, this book could have benefited from thorough copy editing and fact-checking. There are many minor and major factual errors and, in addition, many typos and grammatical errors.

I don't recommend this book.
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Nothing particularly new or earth shaking. A good primer if you are new or care. I had hopes of discovering somthing new!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By watchit on June 9, 2004
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Do movie stars get into more trouble than mere mortals, or is there just something in the Hollywood air that sparks scandal? James Robert Parish offers gripping evidence of both in "The Hollywood Book of Scandals," which is his most involving and formidable book in years. Chronicling the sins of the glamorous (Lana Turner, Liz 'n' Dick, Winona Ryder, Rob Lowe) as well as those of the creepy (O.J. Simpson, Heidi Fleiss, Roman Polanski, Bob Crane), Parish selects 32 cases that are, as he writes, "representative, intriguing episodes of different types of scandals from among the many that have dotted Hollywood's long history." His choices offer a spicy smorgasbord. Parish -- who had background in both law and entertainment long before the two fields merged -- writes with authority and panache. Although he covers some familiar territory in the public agonies of Judy Garland, Marilyn Monroe, Robert Blake and other supermarket checkout mainstays, he more importantly delves into such dark corners as the Hollywood influence of organized crime, the Rabid Right, sexual politics of all persuasions, and other sidebars to fame that seldom make their way into books intended for general readership. For years the bellwether for salacious writing about Tinseltown was Kenneth Anger's "Hollywood Babylon." James Robert Parish's extremely well-researched, highly readable "The Hollywood Book of Scandals" offers a splendid, more reputable, update to Anger's glorious bitch-fest. Parish not only shows how the mighty have fallen, but how some of the fallen are still mighty.
(Nat Segaloff is the author of "The Everything Tall Tales, Legends and Outrageous Lies Book" and has produced "Biography" episodes for A&E.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Mark50311 on March 17, 2005
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"The Hollywood Book of Scandals : The Shocking, Often Disgraceful Deeds and Affairs of Over 100 American Movie and TV Idols" goes over some of the more famous brain farts of the Hollywood elite. Unfortunately, most, if not all of the material here has been gone over again and again, both in print and on the large and small screens. Ultimately, the book comes across as a slighty more coherent, somewhat less sleazy version of Kenneth Anger's "Hollywood Babylon" books (the cover even bears a certain resemblence to Anger's first volume). Some readers may be uncomfortable with Parish's seeming fixation on the sexual orientations of most of his subjects. All told, this book is best recommended to those with little previous knowledge of Hollywood's less pleasant side. For the rest, it's the "same old-same old" (as my grandmother would say).
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By F. A. Sanello on April 19, 2005
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Veteran celebrity biographer James Robert Parish has written a real page-turner filled with new information about Hollywood's old and recent scandals. His book begins with the controversy surrounding Rudolph Valentino's love life and ends with up-to-the-minute reportage on Winona Ryder's kleptomania. Highly recommended. A must read.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Arleen Schwartz on June 30, 2004
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I am always happy when Mr. James Robert Parish writes a new book. Another book about Hollywood, but this one will keep you reading from page one until you finish without putting it down. As a leading authority on the entertainment business, Mr. Parish's new book covers stars from the 1920's to the present, young and old. Stars that you would never think could get into such shocking trouble are written about in this book. Everyone interested in Hollywood and the movie industry should read this book and find out what kind of trouble the stars can get into. Be it sex, murder, shoplifting etc., this book covers it all. It could change the way you think about one of these idols. I changed my thinking about a couple of them who I have admired in the past.
Can't wait until Mr. Parish comes out with his next book.
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