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I Am Not Ashamed

3.76 of 5 stars 3.76  ·  rating details  ·  29 ratings  ·  3 reviews
One of the great "lost" autobiographies of Hollywood Babylon history, I Am Not Ashamed is the memoir of Barbara Payton, the 1950s film noir star who acted alongside greats like Jimmy Cagney and Gregory Peck - only to be fired by the studios for her wild (and very public) love-life... and ultimately walk the streets of Hollywood as an alcoholic prostitute. But, as she says ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published February 1st 2008 by Holloway House (first published November 30th 1962)
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Fascinating but somewhat icky view of old Hollywood and this woman's life. She gives a very subjective view of her odd rein as movie queen and her downfall. Still, it's an interesting perspective but you just feel sort of like taking a shower afterward. It makes you wonder if all of your favorite actors and actresses from that period were perverts and slimeballs.

Anyway, it's somewhat interesting and although she is not ashamed, maybe she should have been.
Joel Manuel
I don't know how much of this is true, but it's a damn good read. I'd only known of Payton from "Bride of the Gorilla" and "Four-Sided Triangle." I wish I knew the real identities of some of the celebs she gave pseudonyms to in the book.
Of all the books written by Whores that I have read this is the only one I can reccomend. I was honestly shocked by some of Ms. Payton's confessions.
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