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

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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, d...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published December 30th 2003 by Da Capo Press (first published 2002)
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May 17, 2007 Ashley added it
This is quite possibly the worst book I've ever written. I wasn't aware that you could pass off gossip and rumors as nonfiction. The writing sucks, too. The subject of this book has some wonderful potential, but the lousy writing, the lack of any real sources, and the fabricated dialogue kill it off. Too bad someone else didn't take this subject and write a book that had an ounce of truth to it. The Garbo section even quotes the Barry Paris book as a source, rather than taking the effort to find...more
I guess it is reality, but these stars lived lives that a just a bit too graphic for me. I would rather think of them as they looked on the screen, wholsome and pure.
Jacquelyn Gill
I wanted so much to like this book, which I thought would be a one-stop shop for background on many of my favorite Hollywood starlets. I shrugged off the lackluster writing, the cliches, the choppiness of the sections. Then, I started noticing glaring errors-- misattributed quotes, misspelled actors' names, or incorrect references (Jean Harlow was not in Grand Hotel, and there is no pier in Pasadena!).

After doing a little digging, I read that apparently this book is full of word-for-word chunks...more
Filled with behind-the-scenes information on our favorite Golden Girls, I have to admit I was shocked by this book!!! I feel slightly jaded, but wiser, though I haven't quite figured out if that's good thing yet. Ignorance really was bliss.

A plethora of all the down and dirty details, this book divulges secrets, affairs, and a lot of naughtiness. I kept trying to put it down,( because really I like my Classic Hollywood stars prim, proper and capable of immaculate conception)...I don't really wan...more
The book contains 10 chapters with vignettes on different golden girls of MGM and at the end had a chapter with shorter vignettes on ones who were famous but not so naughty. The chapters started with something about how they were famous or a famous event or such. Then it would go back and say where they were born, a bit about their childhood, and then how they came to hollywood. Followed with how they became part of MGM, what they did for the system, who they married and such, then how it all en...more
This book is entertaining, which is why it gets 2 stars. But the author keeps misquoting movie lines (especially Jean Harlow's) and keeps calling Wallace Beery "Wallace Berry". She also misidentified at least one actress—saying that James Cagney shoved a grapefruit in Mae Murray's face in "The Public Enemy", when it was actually Mae Clarke. Additionally, in the Joan Crawford chapter, she tried to say that Jean Harlow was in "Grand Hotel", which is complete nonsense. The book is filled with gossi...more
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.
Barbara VA
As Bree said, HORRIBLE writiting, the exact same formula for every chapter, just change the name of the actress, all the men are the same. Makes all the women sound naive and ignorant, no just plain stupid. There were no original sources listed although she mentions speaking with Joan Crawford several times. I love old movies but this was just malicious gossip
Like the companion book on the male stars of MGM, this book is to be read with a grain of salt. The author shows her preferences and biases regarding certain stars.

Even so, it's interesting to catch a glimpse of the female stars of the golden era at MGM.

Wishing she'd added a few more: Cyd Charisse, Jane Powell, Kathryn Grayson, Leslie name a few.
The stories were interesting but I did agree with other reviews that it was the same formula over and over with each actress. Either way entertaining but I moved on to other books before I finished this one.
Fairly interesting and some of it was new to me. I particularly enjoyed the segments on Grace Kelly and Norma Shearer. But it was really poorly edited and the writing style didn't flow very well.
While I found this book to be interesting, the writing was HORRIBLE. If you can get over typos, conflicting phrases, etc, you will enjoy the salacious gossip.
The majority of "facts" in this book are rubbish, but if don't take any of it seriously, you're in for a treat. It's campy and hilariously fun.
I love reading about actresses from this era. Much more interesting than the airbrushed actresses of today.
Jesse Hebert
If I could give negative stars to this inflated pap rag I would.
Nov 04, 2012 Lynne rated it 3 of 5 stars
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This is the trashiest book I've ever read.
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