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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.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Renaissance Books; 1st edition (October 29, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 158063107X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580631075
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,671,424 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Don't get me wrong, I enjoy a good celebrity bashing as much as the next person, but this book really seemed to cross the line from amusingly snarky to cruel, scathing, and downright mean-spirited. Although many of these listings might be considered embarrassing on a more political level (such as the lavish hotel accomodations enjoyed by the likes of Whoopie Goldberg during highly-publicized appearances at benefits for the starving and homeless), they aren't exactly the sort of thing you sit around chuckling to yourself about in your free time.
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.
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By A Customer on January 1, 2000
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This is truly a funny book. If you like gossip and Hollywood insight, then you will love this book. I simply could not put this book down. Just hope your favorite movie star is not in this book, because you will be amazed at the dumb lengths a movie star would go through!
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The flip side of celebrity worship is celebrity mockery. And Margaret Moser obviously has worshipful tendencies in "Movie Stars Do The Dumbest Things." From embarrassing anecdotes to idiotic lines ("My butt fascinates me"), she chronicles quite a few moments that some major stars would love to forget.

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.
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I believe in order to really enjoy this one has to possess a cattiness. It is relentless, and at times really harsh. A little too much information. You are left thinking, oh you poor soul, this is now exposed to the world. There are some super moronic things in here and you have to wonder exactly how much of it is true. Some things you already know, such as Sean Penn's violent behavior, some things will come as a surprise, such as Joan Crawford and her "rumored" female affairs and some things are just better left unsaid that leave a bad taste in your mouth,such as the "presents" Bette Midler left under each seat at one of her concerts. One tends to know the less intelligent actors and actresses (Melanie Griffith, Pamela Anderson, etc.) But this deleves a little more into other such things, beside stupidity. Be warned, it is not for the young, it is dirty, lots of sex and drugs and you even have a fully top exposed picture of Sophia Loren that I really could have lived without seeing. There are much better reads out there, after you finish this book you will feel a bit malicious and despiteful for having read it.
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