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Kiss Hollywood Goodbye

3.86 of 5 stars 3.86  ·  rating details  ·  64 ratings  ·  11 reviews
An incredibly witty jaunt through the heyday of old Hollywood, the writers, producers and actors who gave us the SILVER SCREEN .. Ms. Loos, wrote Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and now you find out why!.
Unknown Binding, 213 pages
Published 1974 by VIKING PRESS
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Kathy
An interesting enough book, but pure brain crack. The entire memoir is pretty strong with Anita's humorous tone and storytelling style, but the last chapter just falls flat. I was sad to read just how much she allowed herself to get walked all over by her husband, but the way she unfolded the stories made me feel like I was sitting down and having a drink with her.

The story doesn't fallow a timeline at all, so I got easily lost as to what was happening when in relation to topics she brought up i
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Jill
Anita Loos displays the acerbic wit that made "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" a bestseller. Amusing anecdotes of her life in Hollywood. This autobiography is more interesting if you want stories of celebrities like Gable & Lombard, H.L. Mencken, F. Scott Fitzgerald, etc. Her earlier autobiography, "A Girl Like I" deals with her days writing for the silent films and working with D.W. Griffiths, but the majority of the book is about her marriage and its trials. This book tells more about Hollywood ...more
Luke Devenish
I flung myself from the first Loos memoir straight into this, the second, and enjoyed it just as much. She's a laugh-out-loud read, although her sense of chronology can be maddening. She leaps about all over the place, which has the effect of making her seem perpetually girlish; forever the wisecracking flapper with her windblown bob, long after hair-dos have moved on. I did my sums and worked out she was tapping forty when she took the job offer from MGM, so while she might have LOOKED like a t ...more
Laurie
One of two memoirs written by Anita Loos, this one concentrates on her work for the movie studios, mainly in the 1910s, 20s and 30s. She wrote or co-wrote lots of scripts; many of the early ones were one reel silent movies. Best known as the author of “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes”, Loos was witty and smart in many ways but let her husband take advantage of her terribly.

Born in 1894, Loos was a flapper with short dark hair and short skirts. She was a career girl; although she was pretty and social
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Samantha Glasser
A fantastically quick read, Anita Loos combines wit with fine storytelling in this autobiographical piece. She zips all around her life and tells about famous names like Marion Davies, Douglas Fairbanks, D.W. Griffith, Irving Thalberg, Clark Gable, Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, and other contemporaries. Even if one has not heard of these people before, which is the case in several bits, a detailed portrait of them will be painted by the time the book is through. Most vivid of these portraits is he ...more
Carole Prior
Feb 20, 2009 Carole Prior rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone !
Recommended to Carole by: I discovered it years ago in an old bookstore.
Loved reading this wild romp through the heyday of Old Hollywood and the legendary names who made the Silver Screen...Silver and Gold.

Anita Loos, who practically invented sassy, strong, sarcastic and witty women by writing such great classics as Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Red Headed Woman, Saratoga and San Francisco. If she didn't invent these characters, then they were based on her life as lived among the other wits who peopled Miami Beach, Palm Beach and Hollywood where "to meet people who cr
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Karen
A lot of fun, like having dinner with a legitimate participant in glamorous old Hollywood of the studio system and the legendary New York of the Algonquin Round Table. It's disorganized -- for a while she seems to be expanding on notations in an old date book, which is lovely, but that conceit seems to disappear midstream -- but the disorganization only adds to the informal, quirky appeal. A bigger problem for me is the unmistakable vein of hostility toward "Woman's Libbers." It's a common attit ...more
Jon
Anita Loos, best known for writing the flapper-era best-seller GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES, also wrote two very enjoyable memoirs, A GIRL LIKE I and KISS HOLLYWOOD GOODBY. Readers may not agree with everything she says,as when she declares that silent-film comedian Fatty Arbuckle was guilty of the rape he was charged with and was acquitted because of his celebrity (Loos' friend/admirer H. L. Mencken thought precisely the reverse, that he was framed by publicity-hungry prosecutors because he was a s ...more
David
Oct 28, 2012 David rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Nobody. Read "Cast of Thousands" instead.
Lots of overlap with her illustrated book "Cast of Thousands," which was published after this, although I read it first. I thot "Cast of Thousands" was poorly edited, which makes sense now, as if was somewhat of a dump from this book.

Lots of bitterness toward her husband. Lots of unhappiness with trends of the 1970s.

Eliza
a little more bitter and knowing than her earlier book, but this was written after her disappointing husband "Mr. E" had died
Laurel Beth
i don't think anita loos has ever had an orgasm.
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Anita Loos (April 26, 1889 – August 18, 1981) was an American screenwriter, playwright and author, best known for her blockbuster comic novel, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.
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