Hollywood Myths  The Shocking Truths Behind Film's Most Incredible Secrets and Scandals

Hollywood Myths by Joe Williams

The Shocking Truths Behind Film's Most Incredible Secrets and Scandals

Format: Paperback / softback, 240 Pages
ISBN: 9780760342411
Publisher: Voyageur Press
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Hollywood exists to create and sell myth. Often, however, the myths created on screen are secondary to the rumors, half-truths, and lies that circulate through studio back lots and the press. Discover the real stories behind Hollywood’s greatest myths, as veteran film critic and Hollywood reporter Joe Williams sorts fact from fiction and examines how these tales came to be and how they persisted.
Did Thomas Edison really invent the motion picture? Why has Charlie Chaplin survived as the undisputed king of the silent era? What about Fatty Arbuckle and that ill-fated boys' weekend in San Francisco? Did Woody Allen really marry his adopted daughter? Was there actually a suicide on the set of The Wizard of Oz (or are any of the other countless rumors about that film true)?
The tales featured in Hollywood Myths involve specific films, actors' private lives, the industry itself, and urban legends that have existed as long as Hollywood has. Throughout, Williams illuminates what it was that made the biggest stars—from Marlon to Marilyn, Bogie to Brad—shine so brightly on the silver screen. In all, 56 enduring myths are examined, in the process revealing the machinations of myth-making in the fast, loose, and out-of-control world of Hollywood.


Joe Williams is the film critic for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and STLtoday.com. From 2003 to 2006, he was the on-camera movie reviewer for St. Louis TV station KMOV, and he remains a frequent guest on St. Louis–area radio and television.

Format: Paperback / softback, 240 Pages
ISBN: 9780760342411
Illustrations: 39 color & 32 b-w photos
Size: 7 in x 9 in x 0.5 in / 177.8 mm x 228.6 mm x 12.7 mm

Part 1  Legendary Stars
Charlie Chaplin
Rudolph Valentino
Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle
Jean Harlow
John Wayne
Humphrey Bogart
Montgomery Clift
Marlon Brando
Jerry Lewis
Elvis Presley
Woody Allen
Harrison Ford
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Eddie Murphy
Tom Cruise
Part 2  Odd Couples
Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers
Spencer Tracy and Katherine Hepburn
Bob Hope and Bing Crosby
Cary Grant and Randolph Scott
Rock Hudson and Jim Nabors
Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie
Part 3  The Final Curtain
Peg Entwistle
James Dean
George Reeves
Carl Switzer
Marilyn Monroe
Sharon Tate
Sal Mineo
Jean Seberg
Jayne Mansfield
Natalie Wood
John Belushi
Heath Ledger
Part 4  Mythic Movies
The Great Train Robbery
Birth of a Nation
The Jazz Singer
The Wizard of Oz
Gone With the Wind
Citizen Kane
It’s a Wonderful Life
The Graduate
The Godfather
Star Wars
Part 5  The Movie Industry
Hollywood, California, USA
Foreign Markets
Drive-in Movies
The Popcorn Business
The Audience
The Critics
The Ratings System
The Academy Awards
About the author

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