Hollywood Haunted: A Ghostly Tour of Filmland Paperback – September 1, 1999
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- Item Weight : 12 ounces
- Paperback : 128 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1883318122
- ISBN-13 : 978-1883318123
- Product Dimensions : 6 x 0.75 x 9 inches
- Publisher : Angel City Pr; 2Rev Ed Edition (September 1, 1999)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #224,886 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I have to say that I was disappointed for a few reasons: First: Marc Wanamaker, as owner and founder of Bison Archives, has access to some of the most interesting and detailed photographs in Hollywood history and HH ended up with so few benign photographs and then they were blurry images due to the printing style of the book. Second: the stories were told in such a simple manner with few details. There seemed to be little background research; one of us could have written similar one and two page 'stories' based on what we have watched on television. Third: having worked at a haunted studio and hotel in Hollywood there are many more interesting stories to be told than the ones that were written in HH: for instance: Lionel Barrymore still shows up at the Sunset Marquis, sleeping in beds and scaring bellboys (he lived in one of the Villas many years ago), guests' things disappearing and then reappearing days later, picture frames flying across the room while famous guests are sleeping, etc. At Raleigh Studios there are many stories, like the multiple sightings of a woman in white, flowing gowns walking around the original set of "Ramona" now the studio's cafe. Employees seeing a man and woman in period garb walking down a hallway right past them and then fading into nothing. Stage 5's many sightings, etc. There are many more stories with many more details to be told about haunted Hollywood.
It's a pretty book, and like others have written before me, it is a nice coffee table, fast-glance type of book, but definitely not one for the avid ghost/Hollywood history buff.
My wish would be for a more detailed book with lots more pictures.
Gosh, I couldn't believe that there were so many mysterious and ghostly stories and backgrounds to Hollywood and all the people involved! I know that "Hollywoodland" isn't the nicest place to be sometimes but all this!!! And with all the paranormal actvities going on!
How Laurie Jacobson has managed to create a book like this is beyond my senses - fantastic! I can just emagine the time and effort it took to "dig out" all the information of all these actors and actresses and their misfortunes and sometimes violent deaths in this, so very special environment. Talk about research!
I deeply recomend this book to all you out there, interested in the spooky histories of Filmland - no one has covered this like Laurie Jacobson!
I give the book five (5) stars without hezitation!!! Thank you!
Chris Lindstrom in Sweden!