Oscar Night: 75 Years of Hollywood Partiesby Graydon Carter, David Friend, Editors of Vanity Fair
Vanity Fair's Oscar Night will be a sumptuous collection of 400 black-and-white and color images that take the reader inside the Oscar party, starting with the first Academy Awards-night banquet on May 16, 1929, at the Blossom Room of the Roosevelt Hotel to Swifty Lazar's parties at Spago and the Bistro to Dani Janssen's dinners to the current Vanity Fair party held at Morton's.
We see this party in the '30s as it moves from the Roosevelt Hotel to the Coconut Grove at the Ambassador Hotel to the Biltmore Hotel and back to the Roosevelt. By the time of the war, in 1944, it was only a ceremony at Grauman's Chinese Theater, with after-parties at Ciro's, Mocambo, and Romanoff's. By 1951 a radio simulcast was done, half in Los Angeles and half in New York, because so many actors were on Broadway.
In 1952, the first televised awards were given out in an RKO theater and in 1958, the first Governor's Ball was held by the Academy after the awards in the theater. Up until 1958 there had only been after-parties. Then by the early '60s, Milton Berle and the Billy Wilders were giving Oscar parties.
This book will show official Governor's Ball pictures from the '60s and '70s and pictures from Swifty Lazar's difficult-to-get into parties, first at the Bistro, in 1964, and later, starting in 1982, at Spago.
In addition to the photographs of the stars at the parties, there will be invitations as well as quotes from golden gossip columnists Louella Parsons, Hedda Hopper, Liz Smith, and a variety of actors and Oscar party regulars such as Fran Lebowitz.
Oscar Night is a book that anyone who likes movies will want to have.
- Knopf Publishing Group
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- Edition description:
- Slipcased, Special Limited Edition
- Product dimensions:
- 10.68(w) x 13.60(h) x 1.57(d)
Meet the Author
Graydon Carter is the editor of Vanity Fair, author of What We’ve Lost, and producer of the film The Kid Stays in the Picture.
David Friend is editor of creative development at Vanity Fair. Together they edited Vanity Fair’s Hollywood and were executive producers of the documentary 9/11, which won both Emmy and Peabody Awards.
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