Carole Landis: A Most Beautiful Girl

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The tragically brief life of the actress who became every serviceman's pin-up during WWII
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The tragically brief life of the actress who became every serviceman's pin-up during WWII
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781604730135
  • Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
  • Publication date: 6/1/2008
  • Series: Hollywood Legends Series
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 989,693
  • Product dimensions: 6.44 (w) x 7.86 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 3

Ch. 1 Beginnings (1919-1935) 11

Ch. 2 In Northern California (1935-1937) 24

Ch. 3 First Years in Hollywood (1937-1939) 31

Ch. 4 Ping Girl: At Roach Studios (1939-1940) 42

Ch. 5 "Sex-Loaded": At Twentieth Century-Fox (1941) 64

Ch. 6 B Actress and Patriot (1941-1942) 94

Ch. 7 The Gift of Beauty: Carole at War (1942-1944) 113

Ch. 8 Regrouping (1945-1946) 142

Ch. 9 Anglophilia (1947-1948) 163

Ch. 10 The Good Die Young (1948) 184

Notes 204

Bibliography 253

Filmography 266

Index 271

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  • Posted July 14, 2012

    Not a fan of this one. Very hard to read b/c it's written like a

    Not a fan of this one. Very hard to read b/c it's written like a college text book. Not fun when you have to look up words. And their is way too much about her movie characters instead of talk about Carole Landis. Could a been much better.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2011

    Gans is an awful man

    This is a warning for anyone who's a fan of Carole. DO NOT buy Eric Gans awful biography or visit his creepy website. This man is no fan...he is a stalker who has harassed Carole's family for years. He stole private family photos from them and is now trying to sell them. His book is full of disgusting lies about Carole!!! If she were alive today she would hate this man and all of her real fans know the truth about him.

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  • Posted March 2, 2009

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    I Hated It

    This is the second full-length biography of Carole Landis and I don't think it needed to be written at all. There's absolutely nothing new in this book that Carole fans don't already know. I was HORRIFIED that the author says the stories about Carole being a hooker are true (she made enough money during that time she didn't need to sell her body) and I HATED reading all the details about her sex life (she was able to have relationships that lasted more than one night). I STRONGLY DISAGREE with the portrayal of her loving romance with Rex Harrison (he treated her like dirt and they could not have parted on pleasant terms on July 4) and I DON'T AGREE with the theory that a fear of aging led in any way to her suicide (clearly she did it because she was heartbroken over Harrison). I was VERY DISAPPOINTED that the book ignores her childhood sexual abuse (which clearly affected her attitude about men) and doesn't even mention the cover-up that went on after Carole's death (why did the police have to go to such great lengths to hide evidence of an ordinary suicide? maybe Carole wasn't dead when Rex found her?). There are also quite a few factual ERRORS (she was not born on January 2! she was not buried in her butterfly dress!). I wasn't a big fan of the writing style either because the author would start talking one topic then abruptly stop and say it would be examined later. If you're just discovering Carole Landis then I think the best thing to do is to forget about this book and read E.J. Fleming's fabulous biography Carole Landis: A Tragic Life In Hollywood.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2009

    Trashing Carole

    This has to be one of the worst biographies I have ever read. Carole Landis is portrayed as a victim and someone with no morals. It's all about the how she looked and who she took to her bedroom. The people who published this garbage should be ashamed of themselves. I wish everyone would stop saying horrible things about Carole and let this poor should rest in peace. She was not a tramp and she certainly did not take her own life! I am one of Carole's relatives and I am horrified that this book is part of her legacy. There are claims that some of this trash is from interviews with my family but we DO NOT support this book.

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    Posted September 24, 2010

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