Open Secret: Gay Hollywood--1928-2000 Paperback – May 16, 2000
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About the Author
- Item Weight : 12.8 ounces
- Paperback : 416 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0688175856
- Dimensions : 5.31 x 0.94 x 8 inches
- ISBN-13 : 978-0688175856
- Publisher : Harper Perennial; 1st edition (May 16, 2000)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,097,324 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Fortunately, this book contains some other important movie items which tell a lot about the Pharisaic mentality of the people who ran the studios.
Hollywood's success story is built on its star system. A big panic broke out in the fifties of last century when one of Hollywood's superstars Ingrid Bergman left the US to marry the Italian director Roberto Rossellini. The movie bosses were shattered and thought that they would lose a big part of their public (box office). They launched a big smear campaign against the actress (adulteress...) and forced the movie critics to criticize heavily her new movies. The not so 'orthodox' behaviour of other superstars was left unblemished.
The author unveils the real role of Hedda Hopper and Louella Parsons as the 'Big Sisters' of Hollywood, spying on the stars and employees on behalf of the studio bosses. If the crew didn't behave as the bosses wanted they 'were called on the carpet and told - Unless you show yourself as a respectable person, you'll lose your contract'.
I found this book a decent work on a difficult subject.
Don't waste your time on this drivel. If you are looking for the most unrepentant, salacious and slanderous gay hollywood exposes, please consult the utterly unputdownable biographies of Darwin Porter. You will be stunned and amazed....