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Hollywood Book of Breakups

Hollywood Book of Breakups

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by James Robert Parish

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Half of all marriages end in divorce—and then there are the really unhappy ones.
—Joan Rivers

Do you suppose that the person who first said "Life is stranger than fiction" might have had Hollywood marriages in mind? Why watch a romantic film starring a leading man and a leading lady when their real-life romances are so much more interesting


Half of all marriages end in divorce—and then there are the really unhappy ones.
—Joan Rivers

Do you suppose that the person who first said "Life is stranger than fiction" might have had Hollywood marriages in mind? Why watch a romantic film starring a leading man and a leading lady when their real-life romances are so much more interesting? It seems that a celebrity's latest film can have a considerably longer life span in the theater than his or her marriage du jour.

One would almost think that Tinseltown has come to embrace divorce as an accepted pastime. Some celebrities have seemingly collected spouses over the years, systematically adding notches in their belts of divorces. Cases in point: Zsa Zsa Gabor (nine), Lana Turner (eight), Elizabeth Taylor (nine), and Mickey Rooney (eight). This list appears to make Jennifer Lopez a mere novice with only three marriages, two divorces, and one terminated engagement to date.

In The Hollywood Book of Breakups, James Robert Parish looks at scores of hot Hollywood romances that eventually fell apart. From the decade-long union of Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman to the "just-for-show" nuptials of Rock Hudson and Phyllis Gates to the four-and-a-half-year marriage of Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston to the "other woman" divorce of Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher, Parish covers it all—from the burning embers to the fizzling fires of Hollywood breakups. You couldn't make this stuff up—and James Robert Parish doesn't need to. Hollywood writes its own drama when it comes to scandalous breakups.

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Turner Publishing Company
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James Robert Parish is a former entertainment reporter and the author of numerous books on Hollywood, including The Hollywood Book of Death and Fiasco: A History of Hollywood's Iconic Flops.

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Hollywood Book of Breakups 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
James Parish's 'Hollywood Book of Breakups' is yet another entertaining romp through Hollywood history. The scope is impressive, from Fairbanks-Pickfors all the way to Affleck-JLo. But some of the lesser known breakups -- Pier Angeli-James Dean and Lupe Velez-Johnny Weismuller are interesting as well. After reading this, it's a marvel that anyone in Hollywood stays together!
Guest More than 1 year ago
What a guilty pleasure! Concisely written, carefully researched, The Hollywood Book of Breakups is a speed read of celebrity couplings gone wrong. Parish doesn¿t glamorize or trash his subjects, he makes the stars seem all too human. A fresh take on Hollywood divorce, and a crash course in the many, many ways that relationships can burn up and flame out.
Guest More than 1 year ago
James Robert Parish, the chronicler of all things Hollywood, turns his writing skill to ¿breakups Hollywood-style¿ in The Hollywood Book of Breakups. As with all of Parish¿s books, it¿s a fun read. His introduction begins with a quote from Sandra Zober Nimoy, Leonard¿s ex-wife, and her first sentence is a doozie: ¿It¿s a pretty mean town.¿ Sad, but true. You¿ll recognize all the names in the book, and it¿s likely you might think you know all the stories of the breakups written about here. I doubt it, though. Parish always manages to spring a surprise or two. For example, did you know that Sonny Bono was once married to Susie Coelho, host of HGTV¿s Landscaper¿s Challenge? His format for each breakup is quite nice. It begins with general information, then a SHE section, a HE section, and THEY section, and concludes with an AFTERWARD. Lots of pertinent information ¿ and juicy, truthful gossip ¿ in every section. Parish is a good writer, and his words flow along seamlessly, making the book both fun, and easy to read. No only do I recommend the book for reading, it makes an excellent gift for anyone who like film stars or is addicted to ¿what went on behind the scenes¿ gossip.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Author Jim Parrish's latest edition to his 'The Hollywood Book Of...' series is another endlessly interesting account of the darker side of Hollywood fame and fortune. Parrish's research is clearly extensive and his authority on all things Hollywood is unquestionable. If you're looking for a book on Divorce: Hollywood Style, you pretty much can't go wrong with this one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
By combining thorough research and an engaging sense of storytelling, James Robert Parish has created a fun read about the history of Hollywood marriages gone awry. Movie buffs and any other interested parties will have plenty to savor.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Even serious lovers of film need something fun to read about the medium and THE HOLLYWOOD BOOK BREAKUPS by James Robert Parish fills the bill. No, it isn't a weighty tome about a particular star or director or the making of a classic movie it is a sensational behind-the-scene glimpse at the private lives of several Hollywood stars. Parish uses considerable research and skill to convey how some of these lives were or are more interesting off-screen than on-screen! Specifically, as the title promises, Parish focuses on the well-publicized breakups of such couples as Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt, Demi Moore and Bruce Willis, and Anne Heche and Ellen DeGeneres. Frankly, I was more interested in the older stars and 'what really happened' to them (since all the new celebrity stuff has already been covered to death). I was intrigued reading about Ingrid Bergman's divorce from 'Dr. Petter Lindstrom.' There is even a wedding day photo of the two (I had never seen them together before) in addition to information that I didn't know (in Hollywood, during her marriage, Bergman was already romancing several others well before her infamous union with Roberto Rossellini). Elsewhere, Parish clarifies the tangled mismatch between Ava Gardner and Frank Sinatra, and he finds some new angles regarding the Marilyn Monroe-Joe DiMaggio split. There are a few minor lapses--e.g. in the Orson Welles-Rita Hayworth chapter, Parish claims Welles stayed with last wife Paola Mori to the end of of his life, never mentioning his long-term companionship with Oja Kodar. But, in any case, it is hard to put down this compulsively readable, highly entertaining book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In his latest book, author James Robert Parish craftily handles a subject matter that could have become cheesy in less experienced hands. In 'Hollywood Book of Breakups' we learn about the personal troubles of Hollywood celebrities - rich, famous, and very much in the public eye - and in the process we learn something about our celebrity-obsesed culture - and about ourselves.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jim Parish's series of Hollywood books seems inexhaustible. He always chooses rich topics, does utterly impeccable research and writes about the loves, hates, crimes and prejudices of the Hollywood elite with great elan. As a fellow author, and as a journalist, I am newly impressed, despite the volume of work Parish has done in this field. The Hollywood Book of Breakups is utterly in tune with the times, as we see films like MR. AND MRS. SMITH succeeding to some degree by the interest in breakups and hookups between stars. Excellent work once again from Parish, the King of Hollywood Pop Culture.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In his latest book, James Robert Parish gives the true story behind the end of 47 celebrity couples in 'The Hollywood Book of Breakups,' a book I enjoyed immensely because, not only is it well-researched and well-written, but because the chapters are just long enough to provide the necessary facts on each individual before, during, and after they became part of a couple.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Don't believe you've heard it all just because you glance at the tabloids each week. This breezy- very enjoyable book traces the history of many of Hollywood's most famous romances, weddings and eventual break-ups. The book has a very readable format with a look at each partner - their meeting and life together and aftermath of the break-ups. Hollywood break-ups are as old as Hollywood itself. Everyone from Douglas Fairbanks to Marilyn Monroe to Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston are included and even one former President (Reagan) made the book. This is definitely worth reading.
Guest More than 1 year ago
They say that if you take the most glamorous people in the world and cram them all into one place, you shouldn¿t be surprised that things get out of hand. That¿s exactly what happened in Hollywood, and it¿s just what the prolific James Robert Parish examines in the latest entry in his successful ¿The Hollywood Book of...¿ franchise book series. ¿The Hollywood Book of Breakups¿ thoughtfully (if sometimes salaciously) analyzes some of the most bombastic splits in the history of Tinseltown. Most of them are so famous that all you need is their first names to identify the litigants: Tom vs. Nicole, Liz vs. Dick, Debbie vs. Eddie, Mia vs. Woody, and Mayo vs. Bogie. Straight and gay, young and old, famous and infamous, here they are. This is not a sleazy book, even if some of its stories are. Indeed, Parish kicks the supermarket rags in their tabloids by delving beneath the headlines and offering credible background and perspective. He uses a clear format of ¿He,¿ ¿She, ¿They¿ and ¿Afterward¿ to present (probably with more logic than came out in the divorces) a bigger picture of why the industry that makes so many romantic movies can¿t seem to live away from the screen.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The always reliable James Robert Parish comes through again. This book is well researched and in an easy-to-read format. It also has numerous well-chosen b/w illustrations. Fans of old Hollywood can read about Bette Davis, Greta Garbo, John Gilbert, Ava Gardner, Rita Hayworth, Cary Grant, Jennifer Jones, Humphrey Bogart, Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, Barbara Stanwyck, Lana Turner, and more, while the book is also up to date with contemporary tales about Ellen DeGeneres, Uma Thurman, Ethan Hawke, Liza Minnelli, Loni Anderson, Burt Reynolds, Brad Pitt, Jennifer Aniston, et al. Mr. Parish adeptly answers the question 'What *were* they thinking?' with wit and competence.
Guest More than 1 year ago
James Robert Parish again provides his loyal readership with a briskly-written, superbly researched book. This account of breakups among Hollywood icons focuses both on the current tabloid targets (the Pitt-Aniston breakup is covered, for example) and the history of Hollywood, with an essay on the ill-starred John Gilbert-Greta Garbo romance, for example. Readers seeking the details on their favorite movie star couples from the 1920s to 2006 will not be disappointed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
How interesting to read in-depth stories of couples who have loved and broken up. Tells so much more than the tabloids. Very well researched. Enjoyed the biographies on each before they met, then their 'together' story and the 'after' story. Tells you everything you ever wanted to know about your favorite couples in Hollywood.
VikVC More than 1 year ago
Mentioning Jennifers Lopez's name only makes her head bigger than it is, I dont believe she should be with these great stars.