Popular cult author and show business insider James
Parish exposes the scandals that rocked Tinseltown
Nothing intrigues the public more than a good, juicy scandal. Add a famous Hollywood star or two to the mix and the nation is hooked. The Hollywood Book of Scandals provides the full account of 32 big, provocative scandalscomplete with all the sexy,
scintillating, and often shocking details.
Written by veteran show business chronicler
James Robert Parish, this book dishes the full dirt on:
- Bob Crane’s mysterious death
- Elizabeth Taylor’s seduction of
- Robert Mitchum’s arrest for drug possession
- Judy Garland’s public meltdown
- Errol Flynn’s trial for statutory rape
- Winona Ryder’s shoplifting trial
More than 100 black-and-white celebrity photos offer readers a close-up look at the leading players in these sordid dramas.
|Publisher:||McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing|
|Product dimensions:||7.40(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.60(d)|
About the Author
James Robert Parish is a leading authority on show business and popular culture and the acclaimed author of many published books, including The Hollywood Book of Death, Hollywood Bad Boys, Hollywood Divas, and The Hollywood Book of Love.
Table of Contents
|Rudolph Valentino: Hollywood's "Greatest" Lover||2|
|Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle: Tinseltown's Big Loser||10|
|William Desmond Taylor: The Man No One Really Knew||18|
|Wallace Reid: The Tragic Matinee Idol||26|
|The Mob: Taking on Hollywood||34|
|Clara Bow: When Being "It" Was No Longer Enough||42|
|Jean Harlow and Paul Bern: A Deadly Marriage||50|
|Thelma Todd: The Tragic Ice Cream Blonde||58|
|Loretta Young and Clark Gable: The Baby That "Wasn't"||66|
|Joan Crawford: The Demon Mother||74|
|Errol Flynn: The Relentless Swordsman||83|
|The Blacklist: Shame of a Nation||92|
|Robert Mitchum: Hollywood's Literate Rebel||101|
|Ingrid Bergman: Tarnished Saint||110|
|Lana Turner: One Man Too Many||122|
|Liberace: Playing the Hollywood Game||130|
|Elizabeth Taylor vs. Debbie Reynolds: Hollywood's Messy Circle of Love||138|
|Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton: A Love Not for the Ages||146|
|Marilyn Monroe: The Tragic Siren||155|
|Judy Garland: The Public Meltdown||163|
|Roman Polanski: The Exiled Oscar Winner||173|
|Bob Crane: The Lustful Photographer||181|
|Natalie Wood: Tragic Goddess||190|
|Rock Hudson: The Reluctant Good Samaritan||198|
|Saturday Night Live: The Curse||205|
|Rob Lowe: Surviving His Candid Camera Escapade||214|
|Woody Allen and Mia Farrow: The Warring Lovebirds||219|
|Heidi Fleiss: Ex-Madam to the Stars||228|
|O.J. Simpson: The Trial of the Century||236|
|Tupac Shakur: Dying Too Young||244|
|Robert Blake: Baretta on the Loose||252|
|Winona Ryder: Shopping Till It Hurts||262|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Veteran celebrity biographer James Robert Parish has written a real page-turner filled with new information about Hollywood's old and recent scandals. His book begins with the controversy surrounding Rudolph Valentino's love life and ends with up-to-the-minute reportage on Winona Ryder's kleptomania. Highly recommended. A must read.
This is a must-read for anyone interested in celebrity culture and Hollywood history. Firstly, James Robert Parish's book is an essential entertainment reference source. His research is of the highest standard, thorough and precise. For those who rely on obtaining accurate information in our work, it is a relief to find someone whose writing you can trust and depend on. At the same time, the book is a fascinating and addictive read, even for those readers who will already have some knowledge of these scandals. The media is saturated with news of celebrity lives but what makes Parish's book stand out is the refreshing historical perspective. He avoids the exaggeration and silliness so prevalent in today's gossip. In other words, far more entertaining than anything on television!
WoW!..This is a wonderful book full of hot and juicy scandals of the stars of now & then. It is truly a entertainment delight. I'd recommend this book to anyone and I know that they would truely enjoy it.
James Robert Parish has given we who love scandals and Show biz a book that will hold a prominent space on my shelves. As a writer for the theatre I am always interested in 'backstage' stories and Parish doesn't disappoint. This is one of those books that I will constantly refer to in my research and just for the sheer fun of knowing who did what, when and to whom. A really fun read and as with all of Parish's books meticulously researched and lovingly wrought. Anyone interested in Hollywood or show biz in general should own this book.
Hollywood scandals are almost as old as the town itself. James Parish's latest, 'The Hollywood Book of Scandals,' profiles screen legends whose off-camera behavior was legendary in its own right. Best thing about this book are the details. Yet Parish's writing style is more documentary than gossipy. Excellent both as a pleasure read and a reference source.
Here's another great book by America's finest entertainment writer. This is a fascinating, comprehensive look at some of the less glamorous aspects of Hollywood. Like all of his books, this one is well-researched and brilliantly written. Includes interesting photographs throughout.
Wow, the rich and famous! A fun summer read for the film buff. Mr. Parish has done it again with some good insider inf
This fascinating book goes beyond the headlines and gives us an indepth look at Hollywood scandals from Clara Bow to Winona Ryder. We may think we know many of these stories, but this book takes us back with great detail looks at all those involved. It is also a fascinating look at old Hollywood and the power of the studios to control events, stars (and even police and politicians). This book is a great companion piece to Hollywood Divas and Hollywood Bad Boys.
As usual, Mr Parish provides an entertaining, informative book on the great scandals of Hollywood. Great research! He has a fabulous flair for telling a story and holding your interest. I highly recommend this book for fun reading
Here's a book that's just plain fun for any movie lover. Parish has a clear, engrossing style. Even the scandals I was familiar with were told with a flair that made them fresh and enticing. Highly recommended!
In his latest book, James Robert Parish offers outrageous stories within a framework of intelligent prose, careful historical analysis, and a keen eye for human behavior. The book covers dozens of cases, from the more obscure (comedienne Thelma Todd's mysterious death in the early 1930s - was it a suicide or was it murder?) to the most recent Hollywood scandals, such as those involving Robert Blake and Winona Ryder. A must for film lovers, 'The Hollywood Book of Scandals' goes beyond 'gossip.' It is highly informative and engrossing, while also offering the reader Parish's always straightforward and insightful style.
James Robert Parish, Hollywood historian extraordinaire, smartly tackles the biggest and best Hollywood scandals of the last century. From the sexual ignominies of Valentino and Fatty Arbuckle to the outrageous O.J. and Robert Blake murder cases, Parish shines an accurate journalistic light on the follies and foibles of those we call Stars. If you want the real lowdown on Liz and Dick, the SNL cast, Woody Allen, Marilyn, Natalie Wood, Winona Ryder, Heidi Fleiss and many many more, throw away the tabloids and pick up this book ¿ it¿s the most fun Hollywood read this year!