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Yes, Mr. Selznick: Recollections of Hollywood's Golden Era 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0805947151
ISBN-10: 0805947159
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About the Author

Marcella Rabwin was truly one of the brightest "nuggets" during the golden years of Hollywood. As executive assistant to David O. Selznick, she witnessed and helped to shape some of the most influential motion pictures of all time. Born in Richmond, Virginia, she found hersself in the exciting world of Southern California when she attended UCLA at the age of sixteen. As a long-time resident of Beverly Hills and San Diego, Ms. Rabwin became one of the most revered and sought-after spokespeople in Hollywood. Her many magazine articles and televised interviews have delighted and informed movie buffs and historians alike. After much prodding from her family, Ms. Rabwin finally completed her amazing collection of memoirs. They comprise an exhilarating, funny, and poignant legacy of a remarkable woman and author. Marcella Rabwin passed away on Christmas day 1998.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 177 pages
  • Publisher: Dorrance Pub Co; 1 edition (February 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805947159
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805947151
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,819,201 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Marcella Rabwin has appeared in several documentaries on the making of Gone With the Wind and the late Jean Harlow. I was always impressed with her intelligence and honesty. In the two documentaries on Jean Harlow,I could tell she liked the young actress and Marcella had a keen memory of the those things about Jean Harlow that revealed her inner self. "Yes,Mr.Selznick" is a series of vignettes of those great stars whom Marcella knew. These are her keen observances of them.They are, for the most part, short chapters, but what wonderful chapters they are! The author is an honest woman but never vindictive. These are her own recollections and that makes this book a gem of a read! Read her impressions about Harlow and Lombard, Dietrich and Garbo, W.C.Fields, Charles Boyer,Lucille Ball, Irene Mayer Selznick, and others. The great stars are shown as people. Some were vain. Some were eccentric. Some were delightful. Some were complex. So what if there were some factual errors in the chapter on Harlow! What is important is what Miss Rabwin remembers about personalities. This is not a mammoth autobiography by any means. It is a gift from Selznick's Assistant (NOT to be confused with secretary). Marcella was far more important than a secretary. And this book is a wonderful gift. I really felt as if I was having coffee and pastries with the author and she was telling me about her days in Hollywood. She tells it as she saw it and anyone looking for mud slinging, look elsewhere. Marcella Rabwin is above that sort of style. The author has class,brains, integrity,and style. It is not a big work; but that does not lessen its importance. I'd keep this one in mind for anyone who likes sitting outside a cafe sharing the memories with a delightful lady of all the stars she knew in Hollywood. May I emphasize having coffee with a delightful lady? She was and this book is her fine gift. I am so glad to have it. I am certain you will agree. I thank you Miss Rabwin!
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The author happens to be my mother and I am incredibly prejudiced. I have to admit that reading it for the first time gave me a wonderful insight as to the truly incredible life of my mother and the people with whom she came in contact. Some of the stories I knew, others were new to me. It is fun, light reading and is 100% the truth from my mothers heart. I, as her son, truly hope that those of you who read it get a sense of my wonderful mother and her very full life. Though she is gone from us, she remains very alive and influential in all the lives that she touched. Trust me, she was one hell of lady ! Sincerely, Mark J Rabwin(mrabwin@hotmail.com)
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By A Customer on May 21, 2000
I loved this book...entertaining true stories on many of my favorite stars of the golden Age of Hollywood. A true "insider's" point of view.
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By A Customer on July 31, 2002
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I enjoyed the majority of this book, and Marcella certainly has some personal recollections to relate. It is easy reading and enjoyable.
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I'd always enjoyed Marcella Rabwin's appearances on cable documentaries about various stars of the past. But now I question the accuracy of her memory. I recently paid $100.00 for a copy of this book and had to quit reading it because it is filled with inaccuracies. She writes that Jean Harlow died on June, 06, 1937. ( It was June 07 ). She laments that Judy Garland died at "only 45." ( She was 47.) She recalls that Lucille Ball ended her Lucy character in the "Here's Lucy" series in 1954! ( It was 1974! ) The list goes on and on. One suspects that she dictated the book and that no one proofread it. Also, one can't help but feel that she is betraying everyone she writes about. All in all it was a total waste of my money.
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