Hollywood Be Thy Name

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What it takes to become an actor in Hollywood films

This book is for those who aspire to become an actor in Hollywood, a re-actor in the background as an extra, or just enjoy reading about the business. In Part 1 Shirley & Jeff each tell their many chances for stardom and why they decided to work as extras. Part 2 is about the movie business: how it was in the beginning and what it is like now. In Part 3 you will meet some interesting extras and also read true untold stories...

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Overview

What it takes to become an actor in Hollywood films

This book is for those who aspire to become an actor in Hollywood, a re-actor in the background as an extra, or just enjoy reading about the business. In Part 1 Shirley & Jeff each tell their many chances for stardom and why they decided to work as extras. Part 2 is about the movie business: how it was in the beginning and what it is like now. In Part 3 you will meet some interesting extras and also read true untold stories about stars, and directors. You can pick up a rag sheet and read all sorts of things that may or may not be true, but in this book are only the true accounts as seen and heard first hand. This may be the only book about both actors and extras - something that should be informative and fun reading for everyone.

Our promise: You will be entertained!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781598001556
  • Publisher: Outskirts Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/16/2006
  • Pages: 440
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 0.89 (d)

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We were able to drive on the Fox lot and park by the first business building on the left. I asked Rodney to go in with me, but the guard stopped him. There was a pass for just me; that I was to go out the back door and a car would be waiting to take me to Ben Bard's office. It was starting to get dark out and that made me more uncomfortable. The driver took me to some back lot buildings and told me to go in one at the left. "But," I stammered, "it looks dark in there."

"Its okay. There are offices inside and once you go inside the door you'll see lights on in the offices. Mr. Bard's is the last one down on the left."

Slowly and hesitantly I left the car and walked towards the dark building. There was a light inside, so I walked back to the last one and knocked on the door. A smiling secretary greeted me with, "Mr. Bard is waiting for you." At that, the inner doors opened, and with a big smile he invited me in to his office.

"Let me see you." And he looked at my new profile. "You look wonderful," he said as he gave me a hug. "And how is the voice?"

Then he took out a book; said it was the India Love Lyrics, and wanted me to read from it. It was in script form and he read one part, and I the other. After we read awhile I saw my next lines that were coming up: "Take my breasts and fondle them; they're yours." I knew what he would do if I read that line so I quickly looked at my watch and said,

"Oh my it is late. I really have to go. My boyfriend is waiting for me to take me to Cinerama."

At that he reached out for me, and I moved away behind a desk. He caught me and gave me such a tight hug I could feel every part of his body against mine. I just ranout the door without saying goodbye and I never heard from him again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2010

    Available in E-Book form.

    This book is available as an E-Book for $5.00.
    Click here, or enter into your browser:
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    Thank you for your interest.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2009

    Interesting and honest personal story of two Hollywood extras who fell in love during the old studio system era.

    I really enjoyed reading the touching personal story of this couple as they fell in love and lived through the old days of Hollywood as singers and extras. I felt like I learned what it was really like behind the scenes. It was fun to find out more about some of the famous stars, things that you would never know otherwise. I'll never see another movie or TV show again without noticing all those extras ... and wondering about all their personal stories.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2006

    For Everyone Who Likes Show Business!

    This book is not only a must for any young person seeking a profession in show business, but it also is fascinating reading about how Hollywood has developed over the years. Here we get truthful insight by someone else's experience...not the hype the studios put out. I couldn't put it down, it was so compelling a read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2006

    Working in the Entainment Industry as Actors and Extras

    By reading this book, I have gained a deeper appreciation for the actors and extras who worked so hard that we, the public, could enjoy our favorite movies and television programs. For me, it was a wonderful jaunt through the 1950's and 1960's. I especially enjoyed seeing the photos the authors added. Seeing those familiar faces and having their names attached, made the memories complete. Thank you.

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