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Movie Stars Do the Dumbest Things Paperback – October 29, 1999
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“More fun than a hundred tabloids and a lot classier.” ―Bill Bregoli, Westwood One
“Movie stars may be dumb, but his book is smart and funny! It makes mere mortals feel like geniuses. A great time for anyone who is a fan of movies and morons.” ―Leslie Gold, WNEW New York
About the Author
Margaret Moser is the senior editor of the Austin Chronicle and director of Austin Music Awards.
Bill Crawford, a pop-culture journalist, is the co-author of Stevie Ray Vaughan: Caught in the Crossfire. Both live in Austin, Texas.
Michael Bertin is a freelance writer. He lives in Los Angeles.
Top Customer Reviews
At times the gleefully mocking tone of the book seems wildly inappropriate, such as the entry on Judy Garland, which chronicles, in loving detail, the star's decades-long battle with depression and drug addiction (a battle she ultimately lost). The authors remain cheerfully oblivious to the tragic implications of Judy's constant pill-popping and suicide attempts, however, instead maintaining their juvenile finger-pointing approach ("Judy Garland tried to kill herself twenty-three times in ten years--boy, is she ever DUMB!"
Even more absurd is the entry on the infamous sleaze queen Divine, whose whole life REVOLVED around being crazy and disgusting. (Did you know that Divine ate a real dog turd at the end of "Pink Flamingos"? So did everyone else.) In fact many of the "humorous" tidbits in this section were taken directly from John Waters' book "Shock Value," though in their original form they were somehow much more entertaining.
Once again, I want to clarify that many of these books which make fun of celebrities are quite amusing in my opinion, it's just that the people who wrote this one seem to have some attitude problems, or simply lack an understanding of what is truly funny. I'm aware that famous people make mistakes--that fact, in and of itself, does not constitute humor.
Woody Allen's bizarre psychological quirks (and marriage to his stepdaughter). Sean Penn's bad behavior. And Jane Fonda informing the world that the Vietnam War was only because the US wanted Vietnam's "tung and tinsten," which do not technically exist. Sure, everyone does incredibly stupid things, but a celebrity blunder is forever.
And Moser does do a good job of collecting various embarrassing tantrums, hypocrises, demands, sexual indescretions (Peter Lawford's "Acujack") and airheaded remarks (Hugh Grant once said that then-lover Elizabeth Hurley was like his sister, because "incest is quite titillating"). She also devotes a section to young actors , and section devoted to dumb things directors do -- for example, all of Oliver Stone's anecdotes involve drugs.
That isn't to say that it's perfect -- eating disorders and the tragic Judy Garland's suicide attempts are not "dumb things," for example. And Sophia Loren being mobbed when she bought bras really wasn't her fault. While Moser's irreverent tone is what makes the book so funny, the book does need to find the fine line of sensitivity. (That, and what's with the topless pictures?)
However, there are far more entertaining anecdotes than there are duds, and no one is safe from Moser's razor. Classic actors like Jean Harlow, Elizabeth Taylor, James Dean and Elvis Presley are given the same treatment as Pamela Anderson, Demi Moore and Eddie Murphy. And that lack of favoritism makes it even more amusing.
For a few laughs at the expense of the sometimes-inexplicably famous, this is a good (sometimes flawed) light read. Think of it as tabloid tidbits, compressed into one book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Interesting enough for a read - no telling how to predict the behavior of celebrities, whether they are sailing into dimensions through various means, artificial or otherwise, or... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Mack
When I got this, the title left me thinking it would be about DUMB things that movie stars do. Like maybe when Tom Selleck went on Regis and Kelly with his fly open or when Sean... Read morePublished on October 18, 2007 by Jeffery L. Voyles