True Hollywood Lies

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Here are the three most common lies women hear in Hollywood:

"You're the most beautiful woman I've ever seen."
"I'd like to put you in my next movie."
"I think I'm falling in love with you."

If anyone has heard it all, it's Hannah. As the daughter of celebrated actor Leo Fairchild, she can easily recite the bald-faced lies you'll hear out of the mouth of almost any A-list leading man.

When Leo has a fatal heart attack while making love to a ...

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Overview

Here are the three most common lies women hear in Hollywood:

"You're the most beautiful woman I've ever seen."
"I'd like to put you in my next movie."
"I think I'm falling in love with you."

If anyone has heard it all, it's Hannah. As the daughter of celebrated actor Leo Fairchild, she can easily recite the bald-faced lies you'll hear out of the mouth of almost any A-list leading man.

When Leo has a fatal heart attack while making love to a nineteen-year-old starlet, Hannah's world goes out of orbit. Not only has Leo's conniving fourth wife frozen her trust fund, but the grieving widow has also been having an affair with Hannah's indie producer boyfriend!

Faced with a credit card bill that rivals the national debt, Hannah is forced to put her one passion -- astronomy -- on hold while she takes the job of personal assistant to international hottie Louis Trollope.

Louis is just as egotistical -- and yes, irresistible -- as her father had been. Which is why she's determined to keep him -- and his super-model girlfriend, bad boy entourage, and over-sexed agent -- at arm's length. Besides, she's falling in love with his best friend, screenwriter Mick Bradshaw. But Louis loves a challenge. And he's decided that convincing Hannah that he loves her is the role of a lifetime.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Despite promises to distinguish between "the Hollywood you know" and the Hollywood her leading lady knows, Brown's debut novel confirms just what you suspect about celebrity and unfolds with all the inevitability of a romantic comedy. Hannah Fairchild is the levelheaded daughter of Hollywood glitterati, more interested, we're told, in astronomy than any other kind of stargazing. But her hobby mostly serves as an abundant source of puns, as she's reduced to working as a personal assistant to British heartthrob Louis Trollope when her famous father dies and her stepmother freezes her trust fund. The wildly egotistical star keeps Hannah on her toes ordering Zone-kosher foods and arranging his trysts. Brown captures the humor of working for a megalomaniac: an offhand remark from Hannah, "Don't go believing your own press clippings," sends her boss into a panic. "Why? What have you read? What have you heard?" A love triangle between Hannah, her boss and his best friend Mick Bradshaw gives the book the tension that drives this well-paced, entertaining story forward. Unfortunately, Hannah is inconsistent as a character and a narrator, wavering between savvy and na vet , between embracing the spotlight and hiding behind the scenes. Agent, Al Zuckerman. (Oct.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Jackie Collins
Josie Brown writes with all the secrets, sex, money and scandal of an OK!cover story . . . truly entertaining reading.
Lisa Rinna
Josie Brown captures the highs and lows of love, lust and marriage, with heart-wrenching pathos. I'm recommending it to all my friends as the perfect beach read!
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060815875
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/27/2005
  • Pages: 310
  • Product dimensions: 5.62 (w) x 8.08 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Meet the Author

Josie's novels are True Hollywood Lies, Impossibly Tongue-Tied, and Secret LIves of Husbands and Wives. She is also the author of two non-fiction books: Last Night I Dreamt of Cosmopolitans: A Modern's Girl's Dream Dictionary; and she is co-author, with her husband, Martin, of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Finding Mr. Right. She lives with Martin and their two children in Northern California.
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Introduction

For Hannah Fairchild, jaded Hollywood trust fund baby and aspiring astronomer, life as she knows it (financially secure, albeit emotionally frail) goes out of orbit when her father -- the larger-than-life legendary actor and playboy, Leo Fairchild -- drops dead while making love to a nineteen year-old C-list television starlet. Not only has Leo's conniving fourth wife frozen Hannah's trust fund -- putting a pinch on her ability to gaze at the only stars she feels are worth watching -- but the grieving widow has also been having an affair with Hannah's indie producer boyfriend.

Faced with a Fred Segal's credit card bill that rivals the national debt, Hannah is forced to put her planet search project on hold while she takes the job of personal assistant to British actor and People's "Sexiest Man Alive," Louis Trollope. Because Louis is just as egotistical, self-centered, insecure, demanding, flirtatious -- and yes, irresistible -- as her father had been, Hannah is determined to keep him and his super-model girlfriend, bad boy entourage, and over-sexed agent at arm's length. Besides, she's falling in love with his best friend, the screenwriter Mick Bradshaw.

Discussion Questions

  1. Growing up estranged from a parent is difficult enough for a child. How much more challenging would that be if the parent were also a famous celebrity?
  2. Hannah sees her planet search project as a means in which to validate her own worth. What analogies can be drawn between astronomy and the world of celebrity?

  3. Part of Hannah's childhood was spent with a mother who was herself a child in many ways. How did that affect Hannah's view of family and relationships?

  4. Because of Leo's fame, Hannah point-of-view of stardom and celebrity is somewhat jaded, which is why she is viewed as "perfect" for the job of personal assistant to Louis. What are the pitfalls of being that close to fame -- without being famous? What kind of traits does a celebrity personal assistant need to have in order to be successful?

  5. Louis comes from a broken home in which his alcoholic father could not support the family, or stay faithful to Louis' mother. How does this affect Louis' view of his own celebrity and self-worth, and his relationships with women?

  6. In many ways, Hannah is a strong character. And yet when it comes to her dealings with very public very charismatic men, she tends to doubt herself and believe their lies. Why would this be the case?

  7. Louis is adept at planting seeds of doubt with Hannah regarding Mick. Rarely, though, does Hannah confront Mick regarding her newfound concerns about him. Why not?

  8. What is Louis' attraction to Hannah? What is Hannah's attraction to Louis? Why does it fail? What could have made it work?

  9. American culture is obsessed with celebrity. What has driven this obsession, and how can society broaden its perspective to recognize other accomplished individuals and institutions that truly merit its attention?

About the author

True Hollywood Lies is Josie Brown's debut novel. She is a feature writer whose relationship articles and celebrity interviews have appeared in numerous publications, and she is also the editor of the internationally syndicated John Gray's Mars Venus Advice column, and the co-editor of the Relationship NewsWire.

Josie is also the author of Last Night I Dreamt of Cosmopolitans, the fashionista's ultimate humor dream dictionary; and co-author, along with her husband, Martin, of Marriage Confidential: 102 Honest Answers to the Questions Every Husband Wants to Ask, and Every Wife Needs to Know.

Josie lives in Marin County, California with her husband and two children.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 24, 2005

    Great celebrity dish, and realistic plot...

    What a fun read! This book is addicting. I especially enjoyed the many digs at the Hollywood 'elite.' Before I started getting work in commercials, I had stints as a personal assistant to the stars, and it reads true--all the more reason I loved the line in the book 'there are no happy endings in Hollywood...'

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    amusing chick lit

    In Hollywood, Hanna Fairchild was born with a golden spoon as the daughter of a famous and wealthy actor. Her passion is the alignment of the stars as she follows astrology while ignoring the Hollywood stars. When her dad suddenly dies in the bed of his teenage mistress, his fourth wife freezes Hannah¿s trust fund by gaining control of his entire estate through chicanery. Hannah is left with nothing. Not one to whine, Hannah obtains a job as personnel assistant to British hunk Louis Trollope, a throwback egomaniac from the glamour days of Hollywood. He demands anything and everything including her scheduling his rendezvous and informing him on media happenings that focus on him. At the same time as she works the lies of and to the press, Hannah, Louis and his best friend Mick Bradshaw forge an odd relational romantic triangle with someone bound to be hurt especially when the tabloids get wind of it. --- TRUE HOLLYWOOD LIES is an amusing chick lit tale starring a likable protagonist who seems confused by what she wants in life. At times Hannah seeks her fifteen minutes of fame and more while at other moments she shies away from the glare of Hollywood, preferring to work out of the media¿s view. The ease in which her latest ¿stepmom¿ gains control of the estate seems off kilter for an intelligent person like Hannah, but the audience will not care once she begins working for megalomaniac Louis in this fun tale. --- Harriet Klausner

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