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Scandals of Classic Hollywood: Sex, Deviance, and Drama from the Golden Age of American Cinema Paperback – September 30, 2014
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“Engaging…Petersen is an author for our age.” –The Boston Globe
“Insightful.” –TIME Magazine
“Clear and convincing…Although Petersen's book benefits from intelligent analysis of archival research, she writes with the verve of an enthusiast.” –LA Times
“Terrific and thoughtful and fascinating.” –NPR’s Pop Culture Happy Hour
“Smart, relevant, and fun…think TMZ with a PhD.” –Bitch
“Compulsively readable.” –The Rumpus
“Compulsively readable…[Petersen] sheds light on often-repeated myths with impeccable research and razor-sharp analysis.” –Yahoo
“[This] dishy book delivers the juicy anecdotes readers crave.” –NY Post
“Dishy as hell.” –Refinery29
“Not merely a rehash of salacious old Hollywood gossip, Petersen revivifies flattened images of Hollywood icons…Wide-ranging and surprisingly thoughtful.” –Kirkus
“Brisk and lively.” –Library Journal
About the Author
Anne Helen Petersen received her Ph.D. in media studies from the University of Texas, where she studied the industrial history of the gossip industry. After teaching in the university setting for several years, she transitioned to full-time feature writing, most recently with BuzzFeed. Her work has appeared in The Believer, The Awl, The Hairpin, Laptham’s Quarterly, The Baffler, Pacific Standard, The Guardian, Los Angeles Review of Books, and Virginia Quarterly Review.
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I enjoyed the book so much I bought a copy for my movie-buff father, and he enjoyed it enough to recommend it to others as well.
Also, Peterson doesn't play around with the facts. Where there is doubt about something, she doesn't hedge about the fact. She doesn't claim to know everything, and is therefore a lot more trustworthy than whose who do. Plus, she's very respectful of those she writes about.
Salacious scandal? You won't find much here. A very insightful look at how stars of a past era were marketed and sold, and how this affected their psyches? It's on every page.
The book is mostly new material; even those who have read her column on The Hairpin will find something they like here.
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-Discusses approximately 10 scandals from Old Hollywood
-Gives clarification as to why the event or events was considered scandalous at that time in history.Read more
Unfortunately, many of the stars such as Fatty Arbuckle, Clara Bow, Mae West, and Wallace Reid covered in the book...Read more