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Hollywood's Silent Closet: The Lusty Saga of America's First Star F*#%er

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Hollywood's Silent Closet provides a banquet of information about the pansexual intrigues of Hollywood between 1919 and 1926, compiled from eyewitness interviews with men and women, all of them insiders, who flourished in its midst. Not for the timid, it names names and doesn't spare the guilty. If you believe, like Truman Capote, that the literary treatment of gossip will become the literature of the 21st century, then you will love Hollywood's Silent Closet. Hollywood's Silent Closet is a vivid portrait of the ...
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Hollywood's Silent Closet provides a banquet of information about the pansexual intrigues of Hollywood between 1919 and 1926, compiled from eyewitness interviews with men and women, all of them insiders, who flourished in its midst. Not for the timid, it names names and doesn't spare the guilty. If you believe, like Truman Capote, that the literary treatment of gossip will become the literature of the 21st century, then you will love Hollywood's Silent Closet. Hollywood's Silent Closet is a vivid portrait of the decadent, homosexual, and gossipy world of pre-talkie Hollywood. It's an Info-Novel where 90% of everything in it is true. It represents the greatest collection of star-studded scandal ever assembled on the film stars of Hollywood's Silent Era. Valentino, Ramon Novarro, Charlie Chaplin, Fatty Arbuckle, Pola Negri, Nazimova, and many others figure into eyewitness accounts of the debauched excesses that went on behind closed doors. It also documents the often tragic endings of America's first screen idols, some of whom admitted to being more famous than the monarchs of England and Jesus Christ combined. Many of the interviews that went into the compilation of this book were conducted between 1940 and 1974, as the subjects were nearing the end of their lives and were willing, at last, to reveal scandals and insights that had previously been repressed by their own fears and by the media machines of the studio system. Marriages of convenience are the norm as intra-male peccadillos (and lots of lesbian love, too) are swept under the potted palms of the Edwardian age. The hero of this tale is the amiably cross-dressing Durango Jones, a wide-eyed neophyte from Kansas, circa 1919, who hits Hollywood during its Pre-Code excesses, and stays for a sexual feast wherein the banquet consists of many of the era's most flamboyant sex symbols. And although technically, this title has been formatted as a novel rather than a straight-line biography, there's the sometimes disturbing sense that this book is genuinely historical as well as being a jolly and rollicking piece of very savvy entertainment. This is high-testosterone Hollywood at its most compulsively readable. The 60s didn't invent sex-the stars of the Silent Screen did. —Cruiser. Who slept with Mary Pickford's three husbands, her two brothers-in-law, and even her brother? The hero of Hollywood's Silent Closet, that's who! —Trova Roma.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780966803020
  • Publisher: Blood Moon Productions
  • Publication date: 4/28/2001
  • Pages: 746
  • Sales rank: 692,164
  • Product dimensions: 7.11 (w) x 10.06 (h) x 1.63 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2002

    Interesting!

    This is an interesting book about the secret sex lives of many of Hollywood's early stars, specifically from the silent/early talkie era. While this book is somewhat fascinating, the question that keeps popping into mind while reading it is, 'Is that true?¿ Of course no one really knows except the people that were directly involved. Seeing as they are all deceased it's impossible to know for sure how true these anecdotes are or how credible the sources these stories came from were. While I believe there is some iota of truth to some of the stories, I can't help but wonder if some of the details haven't been exaggerated or just created to some degree for entertainment value? Some of the people profiled are Rudolph Valentino, Gary Cooper, Mary Pickford, Gloria Swanson, Clark Gable, Theda Bara, Marion Davies, John Gilbert, Charlie Chaplin, Greta Garbo & many more! Many of the stories are provocative and titillating but I'd advise you to read this book with a HUGE grain of salt since nobody knows the real truth behind these stars off-screen activities, real or imagined. Not a bad read although the book is rather long and very slow & tedious at some points, but still readable. You can also try the books, 'Did He or Didn't He?' & 'Did She or Didn't She?' both by Mart Martin and 'Hollywood Babylon' by Kenneth Anger.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2001

    UNZIPPED! It goes where no Hollywood Epic has gone before.

    HOLLYWOOD'S SILENT CLOSET goes where no book has ever gone before. You learn for the first time who was doing whom in the heady early days of Hollywood's silent film industry. The lights--at last--go on in the closets as the naughty goings-on between the two great lovers of the era, Rudolph Valentino and Ramon Novarro, are revealed for the first time. When Valentino as The Sheik carried a beauty off for seduction into his tent, it was more likely to be a nude man--sometimes in the form of Novarro--than it was either of his two lesbian wives. A tour-de-force of Hollywood reporting, the book revels in what previous biographers have only hinted at. Take Charlie Chaplin's homosexuality, for example. We know he pursued young girls. What we learn is that the world's biggest star, for a change of pace, sometimes preferred boys as well, in circumstances that would have generated screaming headlines in today's political and media climate. It's revealed how the king of Hollywood got his start in silent films. Clark Gable charged by the inch, and was available to men 'from the neck down.' That lanky, handsome cowpoke, Gary Cooper, liked money so much he didn't mind which sex he accepted it from. Learn why he was called 'the Montana mule.' Not merely an expose, HOLLYWOOD'S SILENT CLOSET offers a look into the fabled but foibled past of Hollywood's biggest names: Douglas Fairbanks Sr. (Junior had him beat), Mary Pickford, Gloria Swanson, beautiful Wallace Reid, Hopalong (he should have been called Hop-on) Cassidy, John Gilbert (when not sending Garbo to abortion clinics, he had other amusements), Tom Mix, Theda Bara, John Barrymore, and Hollywood's impossibly rich fun couple, William Randolph Hearst and his concubine, Marion Davies (of Citizen Kane fame). Here is a cavalcade of all the up-to-now suppressed Hollywood secrets--the wild parties, the lovers locked in embarrassing circumstances behind closed doors, the sordid pasts, the tragic endings. It's the most intimate novel about Hollywood ever written. This is the memorable study of an era which fervently believed that the only true reality emanated from the silver screen in Hollywood. It will create a storm of controversy, but it will also add immeasurably to the insights you'll gain into America's favorite industry, the Hollywood dream machine.

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