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Hollywood Heartbreak: The Tragic and Mysterious Deaths of Hollywood's Most Remarkable Legends

3.91  ·  Rating Details ·  11 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
Book by Jacobson, Laurie
Paperback, 248 pages
Published October 1st 1984 by Simon & Schuster (Paper) (first published 1984)
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Jan 24, 2011 Chris rated it really liked it
There were quite a few of these people that I had not known before, such as Mack Sennett, Russ Columbo, and Albert Dekker, but I really enjoyed reading about the Hollywood "Heartbreaks", that I did know. The book is more than 25 years old, since it was 1984 copyright, but reading about the Hollywood people I did know was very fun, such as Sal Mineo, Inger Stevens, Natalie Wood and John Belushi, among others. What was really fun, when reading this, was that the author said that Inger Stevens was ...more
Nov 01, 2007 Laurie rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Hollywood Heartbreak was our bible!” Michael Danahay, executive producer of E!’s Mysteries and Scandals

Relive 75 years of Hollywood history through the lives and deaths of 31 people who helped to build it, how their lives helped to create the city and the industry, how their tragic or mysterious deaths contributed to its mystique. It is an enduring tribute to the public and private lives of stars who inflamed our curiosity and captured our hearts. William Desmond Taylor, D. W. Griffith, Jim Tho
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Jan 07, 2011 Carla JFCL rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book and learned quite a bit about the deaths of some people I really didn't know much about. I do wish there were a "sequel" of sorts; there have been plenty of mysterious deaths since Marvin Gaye. The book did confirm my belief that Hollywood has pretty much always been a screwed up place ... and I say that as a huge fan of movies and music. ;)
Sep 03, 2009 Sue rated it liked it
This was more dated than her other books, so not a lot of new information. Still, she writes well and writes from the "inside", unlike a lot of other authors of this genre. I've got a copy of this one if anyone wants to read it.
Oct 28, 2008 Julie rated it liked it
Clara Bow makes me look like Mother Teresa. And F. Scott Fitzgerald makes me want to quit drinking. Almost.
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When Laurie moved to L.A., she quickly found her way to Harvey Lembeck's Comedy Improv Workshop, working for years with classmates Robin Williams, John Larroquette, John Ritter and more. While performing with comedy groups and as a stand-up, Laurie was uncovering and reveling in the history of those who had come before her. The stories and interviews she collected became the basis for her first bo ...more
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