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Drama Queens: Wild Women of the Silver Screen
     

Drama Queens: Wild Women of the Silver Screen

by Autumn Stephens
 

Drama Queens is an irreverent, ingriguing romp through the lives of the hottest Hollywood vamps, tramps, and all-around nonconformists of moviedom. Arch, camp, and funny as hell, Autumn Stephens's new book slings the dish on the most iconoclastic stars of yesteryear, including Dorothy Dandridge, Mae West, Joan Crawford, and Bette Davis, as well as today's

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Drama Queens is an irreverent, ingriguing romp through the lives of the hottest Hollywood vamps, tramps, and all-around nonconformists of moviedom. Arch, camp, and funny as hell, Autumn Stephens's new book slings the dish on the most iconoclastic stars of yesteryear, including Dorothy Dandridge, Mae West, Joan Crawford, and Bette Davis, as well as today's lightning-rod, trend-buckers like Sharon Stone, lipstick lesbian Anne Heche, and powerhouse Sigourney Weaver, to name just a few.

Drama queens -- they smolder onscreen and scandalize offscreen. All the world's a stage, and when a true drama queen parts the curtain, it's bound to be entertaining. Starting with the sultry sirens of the silent movies, to the pre-code nudie and lesbian shockers, and on the the egomaniacal Eves of today, Drama Queens is a behind-the-scenes thrill ride that only Autumn Stephens can provide with her bloodhound-style research and nose for a secret. Here Stephens rips the facade off Hollywood Babylon and lays bare the lives of its glamour goddesses.

Drama Queens also features provocative p ortraits of women producers, directors, critics, gossip columnists, stuntwomen, and the odd (in some cases, very odd) obsessive fan. Followers of film or admirers of unconventional women will be captivated by these scandalous divas.

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From the 1920s through the '80s, women in Hollywood were largely limited to appearing before the camera. Directors, writers, producers, studio heads, and other influential behind-the-scenes players were usually men. But that's not to say that strong, free-spirited women of the sort that author Autumn Stephens celebrates in her Wild Women series didn't hold great sway in Hollywood's Golden Age. Independent-minded women like Mae West, Katharine Hepburn, and Bette Davis (and the scandals that sometimes brewed around them) are celebrated in dishy, irreverent fashion in Stephens's new work, Drama Queens: Wild Women of the Silver Screen.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781573241366
Publisher:
Red Wheel/Weiser
Publication date:
08/28/1998
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.93(w) x 6.94(h) x 0.64(d)

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