The Hollywood Book of Death: The Bizarre, Often Sordid, Passings of More than 125 American Movie and TV Idols

The Hollywood Book of Death: The Bizarre, Often Sordid, Passings of More than 125 American Movie and TV Idols

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by James Parish
     
 

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Discover the tantalizing details of Hollywood's famous and infamous fatalities

The death of a celebrity is often as fascinating as--and sometimes more fascinating than--a star's actual life. From the grisly end of Sharon Tate at the hands of the Manson family and the mysterious demise of Bob Crane to the peaceful passings of Lucille Ball and George

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Discover the tantalizing details of Hollywood's famous and infamous fatalities

The death of a celebrity is often as fascinating as--and sometimes more fascinating than--a star's actual life. From the grisly end of Sharon Tate at the hands of the Manson family and the mysterious demise of Bob Crane to the peaceful passings of Lucille Ball and George Burns, The Hollywood Book of Death is a captivating and appealingly packaged volume of more than 125 television and movie stars' final curtain calls.

Arranged by manner of death, these well-researched accounts include details of celebrities' colorful lives and unusual deaths, their funerals, and the intriguing aftermath. With more than 100 rare photographs and a special "necrology" index of more than 6,000 stars and directors, along with a section revealing where Hollywood personalities are resting in eternal sleep, this enthralling reference promises to be on every film and television buff's "Top 10" gift list.

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ISBN-13:
9780071784764
Publisher:
McGraw-Hill Education
Publication date:
11/19/2001
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Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
10,767
File size:
20 MB
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Meet the Author

James Robert Parish, a former entertainment reporter and publicist, is the author of more than 90 books. A well-known authority on show business, he appears frequently as an expert on A&E's "Biography" and E! Television's "Mysteries and Scandals," as well as numerous other network and cable television documentaries.

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The Hollywood Book of Death : The Bizarre, Often Sordid, Passings of More than 125 American Movie and TV Idols 4.1 out of 5 based on 2 ratings. 15 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Hollywood Book of Death is a very compelling book¿covering not only the high profile celebrity deaths (River Phoenix, Phil Hartman), but also lesser-known and forgotten stars. Murders, as well as puzzling and accidental deaths, suicides, drug- and alcohol-related, and many notable deaths from natural causes. The appendices are also helpful, providing a very comprehensive necrology of show biz personalities and where they are buried. But it¿s more than lists. I found reading the individual stories to be very absorbing. I bought the book for my interest in only one or two of the people covered, but found myself drawn in to reading more and more of the interesting and often bizarre tales of Hollywood deaths. Some will be familiar to you, but the author has uncovered even more details of those well publicized cases than you probably knew before. Highly recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Worth the read. If you like short biographies this is the book for you. It focuses more on their life than their death. Totally enjoyed it.
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The author is a huge fan of the word "ironically", using it 20+ times, yet sadly I don't believe it was used correctly at any point. Ironically does not mean coincidentally. Ironically does not mean tragically. This was not the only problem with what could have been a very interesting read, just the most irritating.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
James Robert Parish has taken scores of lives of the famous and near-famous and condensed them into a very readable and enjoyable collection, one which often surprises, as well as informs. This will prove to be a great reference book, as well as a fascinating read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
James Robert Parish's new book is a treasure trove of information on the passing of some 125 entertainment personalities. Each entry is well researched and entertainingly written. It is valuable for both movie fans and researchers. The necrology of 6,000 names is helpful to genealogists as well as film buffs. A definite plus for the library of any movie book collector or public libaries in general.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a unique, fascinating and incredibly useful grouping of information about the deaths (and lives) of Holywood stars over the years. Now, as a reader or a researcher, you can get in one book source where stars are buried, when they died and what happened in a lot of the more spectacular or odd endings fo some of these stars. This is one of the best pop culture reference books in recent years, but it is more than that. It is entertaining as well, as it illuminates Hollywood lives and culture over the years.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is certainly another great follow-up to Parish's previous books on the subject. A book by James Robert Parish is always a winner!
Guest More than 1 year ago
THIS IS A FASCINATING LOOK AT HOLLYWOOD FROM A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE. A GREAT LOOK AT MANY NAMES FROM THE MOVIES AND TV WHO HAVE PASSED ON OFTEN BEFORE THEIR TIMES AND THROUGH TRAGIC SITUATIONS. THE DEATHS ARE GROUPED ACCORDING TO THE WAYS THEY DIED, SUCH AS ACCIDENTS OR SUICIDE, BUT WE ALSO SEE THE HIGH-POINTS OF CAREERS THAT WERE OFTEN CUT TOO SHORT. I ESPECIALLY ENJOYED THE LISTING OF ALL THE CELEBRITIES ACCORDING TO WHICH CEMETARY THEY ARE BURIED IN. IT IS ALSO WELL ILLUSTRATED AND VERY READABLE.
JennyG More than 1 year ago
I expected way more from this book. Yes, there are interesting stories, but then you have all these stories about celebrities from so long ago, they have never even been heard of...I am nearly 58 yrs. old and I had no clue for some of them were. This book is way over-rated. I felt ripped-off.