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Celebutantes: A Novel Paperback – February 3, 2009
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From Publishers Weekly
After listening to Gigi Bermingham's reading of the novel from young Hollywood insiders Hopper and Goldberg, it comes as no surprise to learn that the veteran stage and television actress earned both an Ovation Award and an L.A. Drama Critics' Circle Award for performing her solo play Non-Vital Organs. Bermingham juggles the colorful cast of over-the-top characters in this gossipy tale with finesse. As the Hollywood ambassador for her best-gay forever friend and designer Julian Tenent, protagonist Lola Santisi earnestly seeks to heal the scars of her dysfunctional Tinseltown upbringing and overcome career-deficit disorder during Oscar week. Bermingham proves particularly delightful in her portrayal of Lola's nemesis, actress Olivia Cutter, whose mercurial outbursts and oddball phobias manage to generate shock value even by the jaded standards of contemporary celebrity misbehavior. The upbeat musical interludes at the start and end of each CD also help sustain the glitzy ambience. Fans of Ugly Betty and The Devil Wears Prada provide a natural audience for this entertaining production.
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“New York has 'Bergdorf Blondes,' 'Sex and the City' and 'The Nanny Diaries.' And now L.A. has 'Celebutantes'...” ―Los Angeles Times
“Witty and revealing... a walk-up to that blessed event: the Oscars. You'll feel like you were there.” ―People (3.5 stars)
“A frothy serving of chick lit... delectable.” ―Entertainment Weekly (A Summer Reading Must Paperback)
“A fast-paced satire of Hollywood's awards season in all its crazy glory.” ―New York Daily News
“A witty and humorous read that takes a revealing look at what really goes on inside the lives of young Hollywood.” ―Star Magazine
“Gawker.com meets Glamour in this insider's look at Oscar week penned by L.A. junior royalty….There's up-to-the-minute star chatter and fashion name-checking throughout.” ―Publishers Weekly
“A featherweight Tinseltown send-up with a surprisingly well-balanced heroine.” ―Kirkus
“A terrifying comedy of Hollywood royalty: Celebutantes proves that A-list vanities are still the preserve of the very beautiful, the very brave, or the very, very silly.” ―Plum Sykes, author of The Debutante Divorcee
“In Hollywood, Academy Awards week is a bigger deal than Christmas week is elsewhere. I've been attending for over thirty years, and the excitement and craziness has never abated. In Celebutantes, two daughters of Hollywood, Amanda Goldberg and Ruthanna Hopper, take us through the Oscar rituals of that mad and magical week with all the inside knowledge that they have grown up knowing. They are remarkably adroit and witty story tellers. Beneath the utter sophistication and gloriously natural name-dropping, there beats a very warm heart.” ―Dominick Dunne
“Stylish intrigue, glamorous machinations and such juicy fun. No one but Hollywood insiders like Amanda Goldberg and Ruthanna Hopper could tell the tale so perfectly.” ―Michael Kors
“A hilarious ride through the bumpy Hollywood Hills, complete with a trillion genius nuggets of true insider dish and a silver screen ending.” ―Jill Kargman, author of Momzillas
“Fashion, film stars and great fun―a young insider's view of Hollywood!”” ―Anjelica Huston
“Celebutantes is a witty, incisive, under-the-sheets look at the chaos that is Oscar week. I loved it.” ―Jackie Collins
“An irreverent satire on Hollywood celebrity, delivered with a keen eye for the absurd, Celebutantes is a wise and witty page-turner.” ―Arianna Huffington
“Nothing is stranger than reality and the reality of Hollywood and our celebrity obsessed culture is brilliantly captured in Celebutantes. Amanda Goldberg and Ruthanna Hopper, both Hollywood insiders, use their wicked sense of humor and keen insight to craft a piercingly intelligent, funny and at times tragic satire of modern-day Hollywood. The authors simultaneously elevate the lives of the beautiful and the famous while also pointing out the emptiness and absurdity of contemporary values.” ―Tom Ford