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A Touch of Stardust

3.62  ·  Rating details ·  4,029 ratings  ·  749 reviews
When Julie Crawford leaves Fort Wayne, Indiana for Hollywood, she never imagines she'll cross paths with Carole Lombard, the dazzling actress from Julie's provincial Midwestern hometown. Although the young woman has dreams of becoming a screenwriter, the only job Julie's able to find is one in the studio publicity office of the notoriously demanding producer David O. Selzn ...more
Hardcover, 296 pages
Published February 17th 2015 by Doubleday (first published January 13th 2015)
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kathy I have read/watched a lot of films and read a lot of books about the making of GWTW and it seems to me that she pulled her information from facts…more I have read/watched a lot of films and read a lot of books about the making of GWTW and it seems to me that she pulled her information from facts about the making of the film.(less)

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Diane S ☔
Sep 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
To this day, Gone with the Wind remains one of my favorite books and the movie one of only three that I have watched more than once. It was extremely thrilling to find myself once again lost in the wonderful world of that movie, this time having a back seat to its making and some of its stars. Carole Lombard, Clark Gable and a young Vivian Leigh along with the perfectionist David Selznick. So very interesting.

Trying to enter this rarified world is a young Julie Crawford from Fort Wayne, Indiana
Sep 09, 2014 rated it liked it
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I've such mixed feelings about Kate Alcott's A Touch of Stardust that I hardly know where to begin. There are things I loved about it, but there are things I disliked in equal measure.

I suppose I should make it clear that I think Alcott had a good idea here, several of them in fact. Problem is they don't make a remotely cohesive story when packed like sardines in a single narrative. I'm sorry, but someone needed to take a p
Heidi The Reader
Oct 21, 2015 rated it liked it
A girl from Indiana goes to Hollywood and ends up taking care of Hollywood royalty in A Touch of Stardust.

The reader gets a behind the scenes look at the making of Gone With the Wind and the private, slightly dysfunctional lives of Carol Lombard and Clarke Gable.

It was fun learning about what went into the creation of Gone With the Wind. Those parts of the book sort of read like a Hollywood-fan magazine, but better written.

The dialogue in this book is snappy and smart, like a Bogie and Bacall fi
Feb 26, 2019 rated it liked it

Julie Crawford's conservative parents in Fort Wayne, Indiana expect her to come home and get married as soon as she graduates from Smith College. Instead Julie takes off for Hollywood, hoping to become a screen writer. Julie gets a room in a boarding house and lands a 'gofer' job at Selznick International Pictures, the studio where producer David O. Selznick is making 'Gone With the Wind' (GWTW) - one of the most famous movies of all time.

While working at the film studio Julie meets Selznick's a
Angela M
Jan 12, 2015 rated it liked it

I felt like I was reading a Hollywood gossip magazine or just there snooping around behind the scenes on a Hollywood set and I have to admit it was fun . It felt like a bit of a guilty pleasure - an easy read with not much depth, although the war in Europe and the fate of the grandparents of one of the characters loomed in the background.

I love Gone With the Wind both the book and the movie and was taken with Clark Gable . The main character Julia Crawford , an aspiring screen writer wasn't a ch
I have read some other works of fiction that delve into the making of the movie Gone With the Wind, and always enjoy them a great deal. This is no different, maybe a bit better. It describes the auditions for the role of Scarlet, when practically every actress in Hollywood tried out. I love watching old clips of those tryouts and really, no one came close to Vivian Leigh.

The fly on the wall watching all this is Julie from Fort Wayne, IN, there to try to land a screenwriter job; but first she get
"A Touch of Stardust" takes us to the Hollywood sets of the spectacular movie "Gone with the Wind". A fictional character, Julie, is hoping to break into screenwriting. She gets a behind-the-scenes look at movie making when actress Carole Lombard hires her as an assistant. The lively, outspoken Carole is romantically involved with actor Clark Gable (who plays the unforgettable Rhett Butler).

Producer David O. Selznick keeps tight control over the production of "Gone with the Wind", and Julie's bo
Nov 24, 2014 rated it liked it
So...I was a little bit drunk when I started reading this, so I got involved with the story, which is charming, before I noticed the writing, which is not the greatest. None of the made-up characters are especially interesting either, but the whole thing is saved by the gloriousness that is Carole Lombard.

Carole Lombard! Why did you have to tragically die in a plane crash instead of being, I don't know, my awesome honorary great-aunt or something? It could totally have happened, my grandparents
Jan 21, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015
I would say, if you aren't a Gone With the Wind fan it might be hard to find enjoyment with this book. Parts I liked: behind the scenes of GWTW, Gable, Lombard, & the few scenes with Vivian Leigh. Julie was ok but nothing memorable about her or her story. I've tried to read another Alcott book last year & couldn't get into it & I think if this hadn't been GWTW inspired, I probably wouldn't have finished this either. I love the movie so that kept me reading. Now I need to find the tim ...more
Carole Lombard is my favourite Old Hollywood actress and I love everything about the era so I was pretty excited to read this one. Unfortunately the main character just didn't do anything for me. The story also followed the most basic romance template you can find and I couldn't wait to be done with it. People who enjoy romance novels will probably enjoy this one a lot more then I did.
Laura Martinelli
Jan 12, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, own
This would be the kind of book that most people would think that I would pass on. And I think if I had been given this with the typical Book Club Word of Mouth treatment, I would have passed on it, because given what I typically read, this isn’t up that alley.

But here’s the thing: I really like old movies. I don’t watch as much of them as I would like to say I have, but I do really like the classics. (Long story short, back when I was in high school, my parents had the brilliant idea of marathon
Jan 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars...

I was smitten by this book, in spite of it's flaws and implausibilities! Gone with the Wind is one of my favorite movies (and books!), so I was very intrigued with the idea of a "behind the scenes" novel. I really just fell into the story and was hooked, even knowing that the chances that things could happen the way they were written were very small. I didn't get bogged down with that and let myself be moved with the flow of the story. I found the true historical characters and the b
Jan 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: february-2015
“With the background of the making of Gone with the Wind, this is a delightful read that combines historical events with the fictional career of an aspiring screenwriter. Julie is a wide-eyed Indiana girl who, through a series of lucky breaks, advances from studio go-fer and assistant to Carole Lombard to contract writer at MGM. A fun, engaging page-turner!”

Lois Gross, Hoboken Public Library, Hoboken, NJ
Mar 23, 2015 rated it it was ok
On audiobook. And read badly. Which is odd, because I've enjoyed this reader before. Maybe she was trying to be too screwball comedy-sounding, or maybe she had contempt for the characters? Anyway, it almost made me quit the book, which I was really excited to read. By about a third of the way through, I either got used to what she was doing or she toned it down a little bit.

I wanted to read this because it was set in the midst of the filming of Gone with the Wind, and especially focused on the
Apr 19, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, chic-lit
Thank you to my Goodread friends for rating this book. Many of started your review with, "if you're a fan of Gone with the Wind...." Well, that cinched it for me since that is one of my all-time favorite books AND movies.
I appreciated the 4 main story lines in this book: the romance of Clark Gable and Carole Lombard; the trials and tribulations of making the movie; female writers in male-dominated Hollywood; and, of course the story of Julie Crawford and Andy. My favorites are the first 3. In t
Lisa B.
Mar 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Julie leaves the midwest for Hollywood. She doesn’t want to be an actress like all the other young women. She wants to be a screenwriter, a profession very few women have been successful at during Julie’s lifetime. She lucks out and gets a job as Carole Lombard’s assistant. Carole’s significant other just so happens to be Clark Gable. Carole is on the set during the filming of Gone With the Wind. For this reason, Julie also gets to be on the set. Julie’s story unfolds during the creation of this ...more
Dec 30, 2014 rated it liked it
Another book where the author has two good ideas and yet mashes them together poorly. The larger book, about the making of "Gone With the Wind" as seen through the eyes of a sweet young thing new to Hollywood, is quite good. The mash-in, about her Jewish boyfriend/lover's awareness and angst about the dawn of Nazi Germany, is not so good and seriously detracts from the former. How Julie gains confidence, develops a career and becomes friends with Carole Lombard (and Clark Gable) is a great story ...more
Nina Draganova
Oct 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Започнах да чета тази книга без никакви очаквания.Попадна ми случайно пред погледа, и я взех заради корицата, върху която беше поместена снимката на Кларк Гейбъл . А също и заради резюмето, което ми подсказа , че става дума за снимките на "Отнесени от вихъра" - моят най-любим филм за всички времена.
Останах обаче много приятно изненадана. Много интелигентно написана е, страхотни диалози. Позволих си да повярвам , че дори тези велики актьори, са вършели съвсем незначителни на пръв поглед , човешки
Sep 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Every once in a while you need a book to simply get lost in, a good story that transports you to another time and place. Kate Alcott's A TOUCH OF STARDUST is one of those books, a satisfying combination of historical fiction and Hollywood glamour. Taking us behind the behind the scenes of GONE WITH THE WIND, Alcott expertly reveals the dramas and conflicts among the actors and directors who gave us one of greatest movies ever made.
Aug 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016-reads
"That time between the wars when Hollywood shown brightly and brilliantly. It's been a privilege and pleasure to visit there." -Kate Alcott

A very fun read!
Mar 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Originally published at Reading Reality

Anyone who is a fan of Hollywood in the Golden Age, or of the movie Gone With the Wind (GWTW) and any or everyone who starred it in should probably read this book. Even though it is fiction, and the story is seen through the eyes of a fictional character, it feels true.

It feels like you are there, in those heady and tumultuous days just before the outbreak of World War II, watching the impossible come to life.

Because that’s what the movies do - they make so
Oct 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
I requested and received a free digital advanced copy of this title from the website Edelweiss. Ms. Alcott does it again! This time she expertly transports us to Hollywood between the wars, specifically the back lots at Selznick International during the making of Gone with the Wind. Carole Lombard serves as the main character Julie Crawford's straight talking yet funny and big-hearted employer and friend. Crawford has her heart set on becoming a screenwriter but nothing is guaranteed in Hollywoo ...more
Mar 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
"A Touch of Stardust" is a fun look back at Hollywood during the days leading up to World War II. A fictionalized account around the production of "Gone with the Wind," (one of my favorite movies of all time!) the author does an amazing job of creating a story around what it was like to be a young woman in Hollywood at the time. I love that it is almost a "memoir" of the main character, Julie Crawford, and her life with Carole Lombard and Clark Gable, two of the most high-profile Hollywood stars ...more
Mar 01, 2015 rated it it was ok
While it was interesting to follow the "Gone with the Wind" story, the improbabilities of all that happened to young Julie Crawford made this book a bit hard to believe. Julie Crawford arrives in Hollywood, a greenhorn from Indiana, and almost immediately becomes a close friend of actress Carole Lombard, who opens a lot of doors for Julie. Although the book was fairly well written the plot was just a little too fluffy for me.
May 11, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2015
This novel, which is set during the film of GONE WITH THE WIND in 1939, kind of felt slight to me from the very start. While I'm into the classic Hollywood era, I'm afraid this book felt way too superficial and frankly hard to belief with its tale of industry newcomer who is suddenly friends with Carole Lombard & writing scripts. The entire book is wisp thin, leaning hard against the nostalgia from the era that many people love...myself included.
nikkia neil
Nov 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Thank you to Doubleday Books and netgalley for this arc.

look at that cover! and the rest does not disappoint either!
I loved reading gone with the wind and old Hollywood is fascinating on its own but together its dynastic. you will fall in love with all the characters and i wish the book was longer!
Jun 03, 2015 rated it liked it
Thoroughly enjoyed the discussion of the making of Gone With the Wind but the dialogue between the main fictional male character to the female character was just too much...enough already with the "Kid"
Sep 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Gone With The Wind is one of my favorite books, so when I heard about this story of a woman working for actress Carole Lombard, who is in a relationship with Clark Gable during the filming of the movie, I knew I had to read it.

Julie Crawford is a young woman from the Midwest who goes to Hollywood to fulfill her dreams, not of becoming an actress but of becoming a screenwriter (refreshing!). At times naïve, Julie is also practical and headstrong, except when it comes to her relationship with pro
Oct 02, 2017 rated it it was ok
Chick lit tale of a young girl who leaves Ft. Wayne, Indiana in search of Hollywood stardom She meets Carol Lombard and becomes her personal assistant based solely on the fact that they are both from Ft. Wayne. Then, because Carol Lombard is involved with Clark Gable, we get a secondary plot on the filming of Gone With the Wind. And on the set, out heroine meets her love interest who appears to be a special assistant to David Selznick. You get the picture. Strictly an airplane book
First off I need to tell you I am a huge classic movie fan; I think movies made before 1950 are the best movies out there. That is why I requested this book from edelweiss but then I saw that Cassandra Campbell narrates it so I waited for the audiobook.

I loved all the insider info into the fights, casting, script writing, censors and producers that went on during the filming of this movie. I am so glad Louis B. Mayer didn’t get his way and that David O. Selsnick filmed the ending he wanted becau
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Kate Alcott is the pseudonym for journalist Patricia O’Brien, who has written several books, both fiction and nonfiction. As Kate Alcott, she is the author of The Dressmaker (a New York Times bestseller), The Daring Ladies of Lowell, and A Touch of Stardust. She lives in Washington, D.C.
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