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Anita Loos
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Kiss Hollywood Goodbye

3.86  ·  Rating Details ·  85 Ratings  ·  13 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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Luke Devenish
Nov 05, 2012 Luke Devenish rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 26, 2011 Kathy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 10, 2012 Jill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Laurel Beth
Sep 08, 2011 Laurel Beth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: from-the-library, rpl
i don't think anita loos has ever had an orgasm.
Mar 07, 2012 Laurie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Debra Pawlak
May 23, 2016 Debra Pawlak rated it really liked it
This was an interesting read. Anita Loos was one of the highest paid screenwriters during Hollywood's early years. She began her career by writing for D.W. Griffith and spent many years at MGM where she worked with the greats like Irving Thalberg. Though her book was dated in some respects and I was surprised to learn of her long and troubled marriage to 'Mr. E' (John Emerson), it was quite enjoyable and brought to light some interesting Hollywood history. Ms. Loos definitely had stories to tell ...more
Feb 05, 2017 Richie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just okay. Liked the descriptions of old Hollywood, naturally, especially writing the screen play for The Red-Headed Woman and when she talked about Jean Harlow. Also liked her stories of Zelda and Scott Fitzgerald (though the more I learn about them the less like-able they become). Some parts I skipped; going abroad hanging out with people blah blah blah.

The worst part of the book is her despicable, manipulative, piece of shit husband. He leached off her money, wasn't good at anything, and she
Carole Prior
Feb 20, 2009 Carole Prior rated it it was amazing
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
May 12, 2012 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Oct 18, 2012 David rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Nobody. Read "Cast of Thousands" instead.
Focuses mostly on here MGM years, and mostly then on the late 1920s through the 1930s. 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.

Sep 07, 2012 Eliza rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
a little more bitter and knowing than her earlier book, but this was written after her disappointing husband "Mr. E" had died
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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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“December 1931 was drawing to a close and Hollywood was aglow with Christmas spirit, undaunted by sizzling sunshine, palm trees, and the dry encircling hills that would never feel the kiss of snow. But the “Know-how” that would transform the Chaplin studio in the frozen Chilkoot Pass could easily achieve a white Christmas. In Wilson’s Rolls-Royce convertible, we drove past Christmas trees heavy with fake snow. An entire estate on Fairfax Avenue had been draped in cotton batting; carolers straight out of Dickens were at its gate, perspiring under mufflers and greatcoats. The street signs on Hollywood Boulevard had been changed to Santa Claus Lane. They drooped with heavy glass icicles. A parade was led by a band blaring out “Santa Claus is Coming to Town,” followed by Santa driving a sleigh. But Hollywood granted Santa the extra dimension of a Sweetheart and seated beside him was Clara Bow (or was it Mabel Normand?)” 1 likes
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