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The Hollywood Book of Death: The Bizarre, Often Sordid, Passings of More than 125 American Movie and TV Idols Paperback – October 29, 2001
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About the Author
James Robert Parish, a former entertainment reporter and publicist, is the author of more than 90 books. A well-known authority on show business, he appears frequently as an expert on A&E's "Biography" and E! Television's "Mysteries and Scandals," as well as numerous other network and cable television documentaries.
Top Customer Reviews
But then you start flipping the pages, and you just can't stop reading. You find many of your old favorites, including stars who died accidentally or were murdered, or died from booze or drugs.
You start reading the group of "Puzzling Deaths," and when you look up several hours later, you realize that you forgot to watch that movie you really wanted to see.
How many books can do that to you?
To add my own known inaccuracy in the Valentino chapter June Mathis is mentioned as dying in a fire. WHERE the author got this I have no clue...she may not be heavily remembered but every and any simple source out there on here says she died of a heart attack while watching a Broadway play. Did he just start making stuff up instead of googling? Waste of time...
What particularly irks me is that the author used bad sources for his information and didn't verify his information. This was not necessary as most of this information could have been verified online. Far better and more accurate information in print can be obtained by buying a recent book by Allen Ellenberg that covers LA County cemeteries. THE INFORMATION IN THIS BOOK IS ACCURATE AS OF ITS DATE OF PUBLICATION.
My biggest personal gripe with this book.....if you are going to repackage it as 'new', it would be really nice if an attempt were made to correct past errors. If this was done, it is not evident to me. As for the bulk of the book which contains stories of heartbreak and (eventually) death, this book is a good read. Parish is a good writer and manages to keep his reader hooked.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Some inaccuracies but This is basically a good compendium of obituaries.
Includes a few new names that are new to me.
Is a very interesting book. I was unaware of many of these people. A book full of tragedy. But all in all very educational.Published 8 days ago by judy todd
Informative stories of how famous celebrities met their death. Factual stories that are "behind the headlines" accounts.Published 16 days ago by Amazon Customer
So much "life" hidden behind made up drama. All about real people and most were terribly unhappy. Only a few really wanted the life they created.Published 17 days ago by C. Graham
There weren't enough pictures. Some celebrities didn't even have one. How am I supposed to recognize most of these people if there isn't a reference to their looks?Published 17 days ago by Rosemary
Interesting but sad. After a few stories, one could see a common thread of circumstances running through most of the stories. Read morePublished 18 days ago by nancy
This book of ours is so used, it's about worn out. I got a 2nd copy for a friend who noticed my head buried in my book she absolutely loves it also. Read morePublished 29 days ago by Amazon Customer