The First Lady of Hollywood: A Biography of Louella Parsons
"This significant book is the first full length biography of one of the most influential women in Hollywood. It spans a momentous time in terms of the film industry and, with superior scholarship, examines that era through a different and important lens."--Cari Beauchamp, author of Without Lying Down
"This book makes an important contribution to the study of the relationships among journalism, publicity, and celebrity, skillfully connecting issues that have impact on Parson's life and career and thoroughly documenting her rise to extraordinary power. The research is extensive and fills in details that will interest even those who know parts of the story well."--Charles Affron, author of Lillian Gish: Her Legend, Her Life
"More than just an addictively engrossing study of the infamous gossip columnist, Barbas' The First Lady of Hollywood: A Biography of Louella Parsons, is a deftly written historical, political and cultural chronicle of the United States during the first half of the 20th century."--Susan King, Los Angeles Times
"Who speaks for Louella Parsons? Now nearly forgotten, she was once the most powerful woman in Hollywood, the vehicle through which the stars spoke to the world. Samantha Barbas' enviably thorough and readable biography restores Parsons' voice and her position in the movie firmament. It's about time."--Kenneth Turan, columnist for the Los Angeles Times
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Set within the framework of evolving American popular culture, this insightful first biography of legendary Hollywood columnist Louella Parsons is also a fascinating look at the world of movies, newspapers, politics, publicity, and ever-changing social roles. Barbas (Movie Crazy: Fans, Stars, and the Cult of Celebrity ) portrays her subject as a talented and determined woman who rose above stereotypical boundaries and created her own opportunities. With an appetite for the entertainment scene whetted by an early job with Essanay Films, Parsons went on to work for William Randolph Hearst, writing her famous gossip columns and articles about the Hollywood scene from 1915 to 1960, uncovering and divulging exclusive details about luminaries from Charlie Chaplin and Joan Crawford to Orson Welles and Rita Hayworth. The in-depth description of the power that Parsons wielded within the industry is especially illuminating, as is the chronicle of intense rivalries with other columnists - most notably, Hedda Hopper. Solid details of Parsons's life aid in presenting a three-dimensional portrait of both the woman and the public figure. This well-researched and finely written work will appeal to a wide readership and will be a valuable addition to circulating libraries and large entertainment collections. - Carol J. Binkowski, Bloomfield, NJ
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