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The Golden Girls of MGM: Greta Garbo, Joan Crawford, Lana Turner, Judy Garland, Ava Gardner, Grace Kelly and Others
     

The Golden Girls of MGM: Greta Garbo, Joan Crawford, Lana Turner, Judy Garland, Ava Gardner, Grace Kelly and Others

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by Jane Ellen Wayne
 

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Garbo and Crawford. Ava, Hedy, Judy, Liz epitomized Hollywood's golden era. With a trembling lip or sultry eye, with a tear or song or husky whisper, these women held moviegoers across America in their sway from the hard times of the 1930s through the booming postwar years to the early sixties. They were royalty and box office, and led pampered public

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Garbo and Crawford. Ava, Hedy, Judy, Liz epitomized Hollywood's golden era. With a trembling lip or sultry eye, with a tear or song or husky whisper, these women held moviegoers across America in their sway from the hard times of the 1930s through the booming postwar years to the early sixties. They were royalty and box office, and led pampered public lives—furs, jewels, designer gowns; limousines, flash bulbs, handsome escorts—that captured the national imagination. They also signed seven-year contracts with a morals clause, and the more they slipped, the more the secret abortions, efficient cover-ups, legal legerdemain, and dropped charges bound them to the wizard in their Oz, Louis B. Mayer. The slips are here along with the successes. Here, too, are the Blonde Bombshell Jean Harlow, Million-Dollar Mermaid Esther Williams, Sweater Girl Lana Turner, and bad girl Ava Gardner ("She can't act. She can't talk. She's terrific," declared Mayer after her screen test). From Jeanette MacDonald and Norma Shearer to Princess Grace and Dame Elizabeth Taylor, the sixteen portraits in this lively, photograph-filled volume, each accompanied by the star's filmography, tell the tales that have long lay hidden behind the gossip and the glories of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's glamorous golden girls.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786711178
Publisher:
Da Capo Books
Publication date:
11/25/2002
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
6.44(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.40(d)

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The Golden Girls of MGM: Greta Garbo, Joan Crawford, Lana Turner, Judy Garland, Ava Gardner, Grace Kelly, and Others 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Mooslynn More than 1 year ago
I always used to think that I missed the golden age of Hollywood. Reading this book made me realize that the so called "Golden Age" was like that for a reason. Every aspect of ones life in hollywood was controlled to make it seem that way. To make you want to be like your favorite movie star. Some of what these ladies had to go through and how they were treated was a little hard to read. Now I'm not so sad that I missed this era.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A fun book!!!!!!!!!! Once I started reading this book I could not put it down. Every chapter is filled with stories about Hollywood's greatest actresses. None of the ladies are portrayed as saints but if you can handle the truth you won't be disappointed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jane Ellen Wayne is often criticized for publishing stories that others say are just gossip but I think those critics should lighten up. The Golden Girls Of MGM is a really fun book to read. None of the stars are trashed, they are just shown to be human beings who aren't always perfect. There are many interesting stories about Jean Harlow, Norma Shearer, Judy Garland, Lana Turner, and others. You will also learn the truth about Jeanette MacDonald's relationship with Nelson Eddy. If you love classic stars and aren't afraid of a little gossip then you should BUY THIS BOOK!
Guest More than 1 year ago
While the information given here may be interesting, the writing style and editing leave a lot to be desired. There are errors and differentiation in spelling from page to page and run-on sentences. The writing style is choppy, like first grade. She repeats the same lines and certain information from section to section. It makes me wonder if anyone edited this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was delighted with The Golden Girls of MGM. We're familiar with Judy Garland, Lana Turner and Greta Garbo, but Jane Ellen Wayne gives us over ten biographies and these legendary actresses, and their films. Wayne's style is great. I've read all her books because she has a style of writing that is most enjoyable, humorous and occasionally sad. The Golden Girls of MGM is worth reading and keeping in your library.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I lovedThe Golden Girls of MGM. The author writes about the great actresses of MGM and lists their films. These divas had it all and some trid to end it all. Wonderful reading. I recommend it strongly
Guest More than 1 year ago
The great MGM knew how to manufacture stars and The Golden Girls of MGM proves it. I enjoyed every minute of the ten or more bios included. This book reveals the true stories of Hollywood's Golden era.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought The Golden Girls of MGM after reading the sensational review in Publishers Weekly. Hollywood glamour faded in the sixties but it all comes back reading this book. If you're a movie buff,enjoy! Five stars for this