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Hollywood Bohemians: Transgressive Sexuality and the Selling of the Movieland Dream

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Between 1917 and 1941, Hollywood studios, gossip columnists and novelists featured an unprecedented number of homosexuals, cross-dressers, and adulterers in their depictions of the glamorous Hollywood lifestyle. Actress Greta Garbo defined herself as the ultimate serial bachelorette. Screenwriter Mercedes De Acosta engaged in numerous lesbian relationships with the Hollywo ...more
Paperback, 247 pages
Published August 19th 2008 by McFarland & Company
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Christine
In this comprehensive overview of the development of Hollywood (particularly between 1917-1941), author Brett Abrams demonstrates how those who crossed the boundaries of the society’s sexual norms had a unique role to play in creating the image we have today of Tinseltown. Today most people’s image of Hollywood is one of a laissez faire, “anything goes” town dedicated to the movie business. Yet it wasn’t always that way.

Cross-dressers, gay and lesbian actors and actresses, as well as those who
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a fascinating study of how '30s Hollywood has influenced today's movies, advertising, and sexual attitudes
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I loved it. Learned a lot and had a good time too.
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Born to a Catholic Mother and a Jewish Father, I relish diversity. My hometown of Newark then South Brunswick, NJ had people from urban and rural environs, and ethnic and racial cultures galore. This sparks my interest in backgrounds, histories and differences, and I explore these fascinations to this day.

I lived in Wisconsin, Philadelphia, and Boston before coming to Washington, D.C. to earn my d
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