The Hollywood Book of Scandals: The Shocking, Often Disgraceful Deeds and Affairs of Over 100 American Movie and TV Idols

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The inside scoop on the biggest headline-grabbing scandals in 100 years of Hollywood history

Which '50s and '60s silver screen he-man preferred them blond, buff, and mustachioed? Against which hot-tempered movie tough guy did Hollywood madam Heidi Fleiss take out an order of protection? What was Joan "Mommie Dearest" Crawford's preferred method of keeping son Christopher out of sight during dinner parties?

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Overview

The inside scoop on the biggest headline-grabbing scandals in 100 years of Hollywood history

Which '50s and '60s silver screen he-man preferred them blond, buff, and mustachioed? Against which hot-tempered movie tough guy did Hollywood madam Heidi Fleiss take out an order of protection? What was Joan "Mommie Dearest" Crawford's preferred method of keeping son Christopher out of sight during dinner parties?

For as long as there have been big Hollywood stars there have been explosive Hollywood scandals: From the Fatty Arbuckle rape case to the puzzling death of Thelma Todd, from Lana Turner and the fatal knifing of mobster Johnny Stompanato to Ingrid Bergman and Roberto Rossellini's forbidden love, the passage of years has done nothing to dull their ability to captivate us.

In The Hollywood Book of Scandals, bestselling showbiz author James Robert Parish takes us inside thirty-two of the most amazing scandals in Tinseltown history. Going beyond the tabloids and the entertainment news, Parish unfolds the fascinating accounts of the men and women behind the glamorous public images, recounting where they came from, how they rose to the top, and how they got into sensational trouble.

You'll get the deep dish on:

  • Silent film star Wallace Reid's tragic death from drug addiction
  • Errol Flynn's statutory rape trial
  • Loretta Young and Clark Gable's secret love child
  • Liz Taylor's seduction of crooner Eddie Fisher
  • Judy Garland's pathetic public meltdown
  • Bob Crane's baffling death
  • The X-rated Rob Lowe sex video
  • The killing of rapper Tupac Shakur
  • Winona Ryder's infamous shoplifting spree and trial
  • The Robert Blake murder trial
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071421898
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/24/2004
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 468,002
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

James Robert Parish is a leading authority on show business and popular culture and the acclaimed author of many published books, including The Hollywood Book of Death, Hollywood Bad Boys, Hollywood Divas, and The Hollywood Book of Love.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments v
Introduction vii
1. 1900-1929 1
Rudolph Valentino: Hollywood's "Greatest" Lover 2
Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle: Tinseltown's Big Loser 10
William Desmond Taylor: The Man No One Really Knew 18
Wallace Reid: The Tragic Matinee Idol 26
2. 1930-1949 33
The Mob: Taking on Hollywood 34
Clara Bow: When Being "It" Was No Longer Enough 42
Jean Harlow and Paul Bern: A Deadly Marriage 50
Thelma Todd: The Tragic Ice Cream Blonde 58
Loretta Young and Clark Gable: The Baby That "Wasn't" 66
Joan Crawford: The Demon Mother 74
Errol Flynn: The Relentless Swordsman 83
The Blacklist: Shame of a Nation 92
Robert Mitchum: Hollywood's Literate Rebel 101
Ingrid Bergman: Tarnished Saint 110
3. 1950-1979 121
Lana Turner: One Man Too Many 122
Liberace: Playing the Hollywood Game 130
Elizabeth Taylor vs. Debbie Reynolds: Hollywood's Messy Circle of Love 138
Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton: A Love Not for the Ages 146
Marilyn Monroe: The Tragic Siren 155
Judy Garland: The Public Meltdown 163
Roman Polanski: The Exiled Oscar Winner 173
Bob Crane: The Lustful Photographer 181
4. 1980-Present 189
Natalie Wood: Tragic Goddess 190
Rock Hudson: The Reluctant Good Samaritan 198
Saturday Night Live: The Curse 205
Rob Lowe: Surviving His Candid Camera Escapade 214
Woody Allen and Mia Farrow: The Warring Lovebirds 219
Heidi Fleiss: Ex-Madam to the Stars 228
O.J. Simpson: The Trial of the Century 236
Tupac Shakur: Dying Too Young 244
Robert Blake: Baretta on the Loose 252
Winona Ryder: Shopping Till It Hurts 262
Bibliography 271
Index 281
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2005

    The Hollywood Book of Scandals Sizzles!

    Veteran celebrity biographer James Robert Parish has written a real page-turner filled with new information about Hollywood's old and recent scandals. His book begins with the controversy surrounding Rudolph Valentino's love life and ends with up-to-the-minute reportage on Winona Ryder's kleptomania. Highly recommended. A must read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2004

    A PLEASURE TO READ!

    This is a must-read for anyone interested in celebrity culture and Hollywood history. Firstly, James Robert Parish's book is an essential entertainment reference source. His research is of the highest standard, thorough and precise. For those who rely on obtaining accurate information in our work, it is a relief to find someone whose writing you can trust and depend on. At the same time, the book is a fascinating and addictive read, even for those readers who will already have some knowledge of these scandals. The media is saturated with news of celebrity lives but what makes Parish's book stand out is the refreshing historical perspective. He avoids the exaggeration and silliness so prevalent in today's gossip. In other words, far more entertaining than anything on television!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2004

    WOW! WHAT A FUN BOOK!

    James Robert Parish has given we who love scandals and Show biz a book that will hold a prominent space on my shelves. As a writer for the theatre I am always interested in 'backstage' stories and Parish doesn't disappoint. This is one of those books that I will constantly refer to in my research and just for the sheer fun of knowing who did what, when and to whom. A really fun read and as with all of Parish's books meticulously researched and lovingly wrought. Anyone interested in Hollywood or show biz in general should own this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2004

    Scandalous Behavior

    Hollywood scandals are almost as old as the town itself. James Parish's latest, 'The Hollywood Book of Scandals,' profiles screen legends whose off-camera behavior was legendary in its own right. Best thing about this book are the details. Yet Parish's writing style is more documentary than gossipy. Excellent both as a pleasure read and a reference source.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2004

    What A Brilliant & Scandalous Book This Is!!..

    WoW!..This is a wonderful book full of hot and juicy scandals of the stars of now & then. It is truly a entertainment delight. I'd recommend this book to anyone and I know that they would truely enjoy it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2004

    BEYOND THE HEADLINES

    This fascinating book goes beyond the headlines and gives us an indepth look at Hollywood scandals from Clara Bow to Winona Ryder. We may think we know many of these stories, but this book takes us back with great detail looks at all those involved. It is also a fascinating look at old Hollywood and the power of the studios to control events, stars (and even police and politicians). This book is a great companion piece to Hollywood Divas and Hollywood Bad Boys.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2004

    Schocking and Fun!

    Wow, the rich and famous! A fun summer read for the film buff. Mr. Parish has done it again with some good insider inf

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2004

    A MUST for every Hollywood Library

    Here's another great book by America's finest entertainment writer. This is a fascinating, comprehensive look at some of the less glamorous aspects of Hollywood. Like all of his books, this one is well-researched and brilliantly written. Includes interesting photographs throughout.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2004

    Scandalously Insightful and Intelligent

    In his latest book, James Robert Parish offers outrageous stories within a framework of intelligent prose, careful historical analysis, and a keen eye for human behavior. The book covers dozens of cases, from the more obscure (comedienne Thelma Todd's mysterious death in the early 1930s - was it a suicide or was it murder?) to the most recent Hollywood scandals, such as those involving Robert Blake and Winona Ryder. A must for film lovers, 'The Hollywood Book of Scandals' goes beyond 'gossip.' It is highly informative and engrossing, while also offering the reader Parish's always straightforward and insightful style.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2004

    Parish Knows Hollywood Better Than Anybody

    Here's a book that's just plain fun for any movie lover. Parish has a clear, engrossing style. Even the scandals I was familiar with were told with a flair that made them fresh and enticing. Highly recommended!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2004

    Hot Time In the Old Town Tonight

    James Robert Parish, Hollywood historian extraordinaire, smartly tackles the biggest and best Hollywood scandals of the last century. From the sexual ignominies of Valentino and Fatty Arbuckle to the outrageous O.J. and Robert Blake murder cases, Parish shines an accurate journalistic light on the follies and foibles of those we call Stars. If you want the real lowdown on Liz and Dick, the SNL cast, Woody Allen, Marilyn, Natalie Wood, Winona Ryder, Heidi Fleiss and many many more, throw away the tabloids and pick up this book ¿ it¿s the most fun Hollywood read this year!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2004

    Mr Parish Does It Again

    As usual, Mr Parish provides an entertaining, informative book on the great scandals of Hollywood. Great research! He has a fabulous flair for telling a story and holding your interest. I highly recommend this book for fun reading

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