The First Lady of Hollywood: A Biography of Louella Parsons / Edition 1

The First Lady of Hollywood: A Biography of Louella Parsons / Edition 1

by Samantha Barbas
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520249852

ISBN-13: 9780520249851

Pub. Date: 10/16/2006

Publisher: University of California Press

Hollywood celebrities feared her. William Randolph Hearst adored her. Between 1915 and 1960, Louella Parsons was America's premier movie gossip columnist and in her heyday commanded a following of more than forty million readers. This first full-length biography of Parsons tells the story of her reign over Hollywood during the studio era, her lifelong alliance with…  See more details below

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Hollywood celebrities feared her. William Randolph Hearst adored her. Between 1915 and 1960, Louella Parsons was America's premier movie gossip columnist and in her heyday commanded a following of more than forty million readers. This first full-length biography of Parsons tells the story of her reign over Hollywood during the studio era, her lifelong alliance with her employer, William Randolph Hearst, and her complex and turbulent relationships with such noted stars, directors, and studio executives as Orson Welles, Joan Crawford, Louis B. Mayer, Ronald Reagan, and Frank Sinatra-as well as her rival columnists Hedda Hopper and Walter Winchell. Loved by fans for her "just folks," small-town image, Parsons became notorious within the film industry for her involvement in the suppression of the 1941 film Citizen Kane and her use of blackmail in service of Hearst's political and personal agendas. As she traces Parsons's life and career, Samantha Barbas situates Parsons's experiences within the broader trajectory of Hollywood history, charting the rise of the star system and the complex interactions of publicity, journalism, and movie-making. Engagingly written and thoroughly researched, The First Lady of Hollywood is both an engrossing chronicle of one of the most powerful women in American journalism and film and a penetrating analysis of celebrity culture and Hollywood power politics.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520249851
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
10/16/2006
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
426
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsvii
Prologue1
Part I
1Early Years7
2Essanay28
3The Column44
4New York61
5"The Lovely Miss Marion Davies"77
Part II
6On the Way to Hollywood93
7Hollywood108
8Feuds127
9Radio148
10The Best and the Hearst170
Part III
11The First Lady of Hollywood193
12Raising Kane213
13The Gay Illiterate237
14War and Peace259
15Scandal283
16The End of an Era308
17Eclipse332
Notes347
Bibliography401
Index409

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