The Hollywood Book of Extravagance: The Totally Infamous, Mostly Disastrous, and Always Compelling Excesses of America's Film and TV Idols [NOOK Book]

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Savor the inside scoop on over-the-top superstars

"I'm not a paranoid, deranged millionaire. . . . I'm a billionaire!"

"Acting is an empty and useless profession."

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The Hollywood Book of Extravagance: The Totally Infamous, Mostly Disastrous, and Always Compelling Excesses of America's Film and TV Idols

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Overview

Savor the inside scoop on over-the-top superstars

"I'm not a paranoid, deranged millionaire. . . . I'm a billionaire!"

"Acting is an empty and useless profession."

"Good girls go to heaven. Bad girls go everywhere else."

"I'm interested in being provocative and pushing people's buttons."

Which screen icons gave us the quotes above? How do stars get away with self-indulgent, unrestrained behaviors-or do they? In The Hollywood Book of Extravagance, longtime industry insider and Hollywood historian James Robert Parish gives you a provocative look behind the scenes at the lavish indulgences and larger-than-life egos of Tinseltown's rich and famous. The featured celebrities range from heartthrobs to industry tycoons, and from yesterday's matinee idols to today's hottest celebs. The stars are grouped according to their excesses: ego, neurosis, partying, power, rich living, and romancing. You'll devour little-known details on the excesses and exploits of notables ranging from Mae West to Madonna, Greta Garbo to Marilyn Monroe and Marlon Brando, Bela Lugosi to John Belushi, Zsa Zsa Gabor to Paris Hilton, Errol Flynn to Jude Law, and many more.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118039021
  • Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 1/6/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 481,387
  • File size: 5 MB

Meet the Author

James Robert Parish is a former entertainment reporter and publicist and the author of It's Good to Be the King: The Seriously Funny Life of Mel Brooks, Fiasco: A History of Hollywood's Iconic Flops, and The Hollywood Book of Breakups (all from Wiley). Parish appears frequently as an expert on network and cable television documentaries like A&E's Biography and E! Television's True Hollywood Stories.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments.

Introduction.

1. So Much, So Young.

Drew Barrymore.

Danny Bonaduce.

Gary Coleman.

Jackie Coogan.

Macaulay Culkin.

Patty Duke.

Lindsay Lohan.

Tori Spelling.

2. So Much Ego.

Richard Burton.

Bette Davis.

Rex Harrison.

Al Jolson.

Jerry Lewis.

Madonna.

Jayne Mansfield.

Burt Reynolds.

Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Barbra Streisand.

Mae West.

3. So Much Neurosis.

Woody Allen.

Jean Arthur..

Kim Basinger.

Marlon Brando.

Joan Crawford.

Greta Garbo.

Betty Hutton.

Jennifer Jones.

Oscar Levant.

Marilyn Monroe.

Sean Penn.

Peter Sellers.

4. So Much Partying.

John Barrymore.

John Belushi.

Montgomery Clift.

Sandra Dee.

Robert Downey Jr.

Chris Farley.

W.C. Fields.

Judy Garland.

David Hasselhoff.

Dick Haymes.

Whitney Houston.

Buster Keaton.

Veronica Lake.

Bela Lugosi.

Liza Minnelli.

River Phoenix.

Elvis Presley.

Richard Pryor.

Zachary Scott.

Charlie Sheen.

Gale Storm.

5. So Much Power.

Johnny Carson.

Michael Eisner.

Mel Gibson.

Louis B. Mayer.

Louella Parsons.

Martha Stewart.

Lew Wasserman.

6. So Much Rich Living.

Marion Davies.

Zsa Zsa Gabor.

Sonja Henie.

Paris Hilton.

Howard Hughes.

Demi Moore.

Mary Pickford.

Gloria Swanson.

7. So Much Romancing.

Warren Beatty.

Clara Bow.

Louise Brooks.

Charlie Chaplin.

Joan Collins.

Tony Curtis.

Marlene Dietrich.

Errol Flynn.

Ava Gardner.

Lorenzo Lamas.

Jude Law.

Julia Roberts.

Mickey Rooney.

Frank Sinatra.

Elizabeth Taylor.

Lana Turner.

Shelley Winters.

Bibliography.

Index.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2007

    Complusive reading about compulsive stars

    Nothing exceeds like success and in Hollywood they take it to a level all of their own. Who did what and how over the top they went is an endless fascination, and Parish documents the worst examples in the latest of his line of always-interesting books. Parish knows his stuff and is able to share what he knows in an involving and authoritative way. I gobbled this book up from cover to cover.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2007

    Fast, Fun and Furiously paced

    Fast, fun and furious, September 28, 2007 By reelplanet This is a great fact-filled read which has you snapping through it at a furious pace. Winderful insights into the foibles of our favorites both contemporary and vintage. Parish knows where the bodies are buried and doesn't mind telling us.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2007

    A reviewer

    Jim Parish's irreverent history of the misdeeds, quirks, and catastrophes of the famous and the not-so-famous from film and television continues with the Hollywood Book of Extravagance. Once again, Parish's eye for the telling anecdote and revealing story has made for compelling reading. The book's colorful cover includes a handsome and well-built Marlon Brando lounging by the pool, probably in the late 1960s. Given that we know Brando would in the not-too-distant future succumb to the temptations of fast food and god knows what else, we are already getting a vivid look at the book's central theme: Extragance can be hell on a person. Parish cleverly divides the book into headings such as 'So Much Ego' 'so Much Partying' So Much Neurosis' and 'So Much Romance', which enables him to capture the various shades of extravagance on constant display in tinseltown.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2007

    Entertaining, Cautionary Tales of Old and New Hollywood

    Prolific Hollywood author and biographer, James Robert Parish, has just published a fascinating gallery of sketches of the great and near-great Hollywood celebrities from the past 70 years through today in his latest book, THE HOLLYWOOD BOOK OF EXTRAVAGANCE. Let's be honest: there were many great stars of Hollywood's Golden Age who were quite sensible and level-headed (Rosalind Russell, Irene Dunne, Ray Milland and Fred MacMurray easily come to mind) but really, who wants to read about THEM? Far more entertaining are the celebs whose lives and careers flared brightly and often briefly though fate, but more often through mismanagement and by their own personal demons. Such circumstances may have ultimately made for a hellish life to live, but these are the stuff of the biographer's dream - and the reader's delight. Parish reviews the familiar names such as Marilyn Monroe, Richard Burton, Frank Sinatra, and Joan Crawford, but for the true film aficionado are the cautionary tales of Veronica Lake, Betty Hutton, Oscar Levant, Macaulay Culkin, Burt Reynolds, and many other celebs - some quite forgotten today but celebrated (or notorious) in their own day. A highly recommended book that will make the actors you see on Turner Classic Movies become three dimensional for their follies and foibles.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2007

    Another winner from James Robert Parish

    All his books are winners and this is another one. Very interesting and informative. Topnotch!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2007

    The Excesses of Hollywood by a Major Film Historian

    James Robert Parish, one of filmdom's leading historians, offers a thoroughly engaging account, star by star, of the excesses, larger-than-life personalities, and pecadilloes of these Hollywood greats of the past and present. From Clara Bow, Charlie Chaplin, and Buster Keaton to Warren Beatty, Julia Roberts, and Drew Barrymore, Parish provides biographical overviews connecting the accomplishments and personal lives of each star to the addictions, tribulations, and indulgences that marked, and in many cases, marred their lives. Parish is unfailingly knowledgeable on all aspects of Hollywood 'and television' history and his prose is lively, funny, and wisely reasoned in positing the psychological drives that fed the stars' behaviors. The text is well-illustrated and includes a useful bibliography, but film lovers will devour this chronicle of Hollywood's most compelling excesses. This is a must read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2007

    Factual Extravagance

    Most writers would simply exploit the excesses of the rich and famous in a book such as 'Extravagance,' but Parish would rather offer a context for the actions of his subjects. This book includes both old and new personalities, from Mary Pickford and Gloria Swanson to Jude Law and Paris Hilton.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2007

    Over the Top in Hollywood

    The prolific and always informative Mr. Parish takes us behind the scenes to reveal both the personal and professional 'perks' of movie and television stars, containing all the 'dish' that should be on dvd extras but never is. Meaning, all the stuff the studios and stars don't want you to know. Due to his typically dilegent research, Mr. Parish's reportage is excellent and factual. A fun book that will leave the reader shaking his/her head in gobsmacked wonder at the 'artistic temperment' 'or extravagance' of stars.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2007

    Delightful

    This is a fun-to-read book. Cleverly and clearly written, it includes fascinating details about Hollywood celebrities whose antics are guaranteed to make you feel like maybe you're not such a nut job after all. Not only does it include profiles on better known stars like Joan Crawford, Bette Davis, Clara Bow, Mary Pickford, Elizabeth Taylor, Mel Gibson, Errol Flynn, and Warren Beatty, but it also has sections on near-forgotten celebs like Oscar Levant, Gale Storm, Veronica Lake, Betty Hutton, Jean Arthur, and Al Jolson.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2007

    Too Much, Too Soon!

    Parish's newbook of Hollywood history could easily be titled 'Too Much, Too Soon.' To parphrase Anita Loos, many STARS were lucky to have made it in the movies because they were not qualified for 'anything' else. And once they got that first taste of fame, many went into paroxysms of unrestrained excess. Read about it here in over 75 star profiles

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2007

    Parish Does it Again!

    James Parish is probably the most reliably enjoyable show business writer out there. The Hollywood Book of Extravagance is another in an impressive line of entertaining books that act as easy references for a wide variety of Hollywood tales. For those of us who can't resist the more lurid aspects of the movie business, a quick guide to the excesses of the stars is welcome indeed. And Parish covers an amazing amout of territory - from Elizabeth Taylor to Dick Haymes (who? look him up!) to Demi Moore to Martha Stewart. Highly recommended!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2007

    terrific insight in Hollywood behavior

    Parish has written so many great Hollywood related books but this is a whole new take on the excesses of showbiz. But this goes beyond drugs, alcohol and partying. Analyzing power and neuroses in a book of this kind is a welcome addition. Well done.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2007

    Don't Stop Til You Get Enough

    Don't just do it, go ahead and over do it. That's the spirit behind this crash course in wretched excess--the latest in 'The Hollywood Book of....' series from Jim Parish, an expert on all-things Hollywood from break ups and scandals to box office bombs--and now over-the-top extravagance. They're all here--the divas, the prima donnas, the child stars run amok. From Mae West to Macaulay Culkin, from Bela Lugosi to Arnold Schwarzenegger, the celebrities that Parish profiles all have one thing in common: their appetites and ambitions are (or were) larger than life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2007

    Nothing New Under the Sun

    This fascinating book shows us that the Hollywood out of control we see daily in the news is really part of a long tradition going back to the roots of Hollywood. The book makes for enjoyable reading and is divided into sections such as So Much Partying (from W.C. Fields to Charlie Sheen), So Much Rich Living (from Gloria Swanson to Paris Hilton) and So Much Ego (from Al Jolson to Madonna). Each chapter contains background, photos, and detailed information on the extravagance involved. It is also interesting to note which stars overcame their extravagances and which ones were done in by them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2007

    True Tales of Hollywood

    Nobody documents Hollywood better than James Parish. This time he¿s turned his keen eye on the compelling excesses of the movie (and television) industry. It has a dizzying array of characters ¿ are there any sane people in that industry? ¿ and shows us how being today¿s tabloid fodder is not a new role for the Hollywood folks. Big names, little names, forgotten names ¿ Parish has wisely included them, and documented their extravagant behavior. It¿s an easily readable book darned good fun, too. The book¿s division into chapters, each titled ¿So Much¿ something, and then individual ¿cases¿ under that lends itself to leisurely reading ¿ and some good laughs at bad behavior.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2007

    A Book With Remarkable Scope

    As was the case with his other books in this series, Jim Parish¿s ¿Hollywood Book of Extravagance¿ has remarkable scope¿covering performers from Buster Keaton and Gloria Swanson in the silent movie days to recent headliners like Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan. It is a great book to pick up and dip into when you have a few minutes. The stories about performers like Woody Allen and Judy Garland are well-known, but still make for interesting reading. What I found particularly enjoyable were the accounts of some of the ¿forgotten¿ stars like Zachary Scott and Oscar Levant. But every one of the stories in this latest book from Jim Parish is entertaining. JLK

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    Posted July 17, 2011

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    Posted January 14, 2012

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