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Almost Golden: Jessica Savitch and the Selling of Television News

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In 1979, Newsweek dubbed her the Golden Girl. Blond, beautiful, immensely popular with the public, Jessica Savitch had it all. A network anchor at thirty-one, sha had made it to the top in a male-dominated world of big stars, big money, and super-egos. But behind the scenes was another story - a woman desperately chasing her dream through a private nightmare of drugs, depr ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published January 1st 1989 by Avon Books (Mm) (first published May 1988)
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Eric_W
Jan 13, 2009 rated it liked it
Cocaine, Suicides, abusive sex, abortions, lesbianism, amphetamines, disposable marriages. Such was not the life of some self-destructive rock star, but rather the portrayal of Jessica Savitch. Unfortunately the Savitch family did not cooperate with Blair, so much of the gosspi remains unattributed, undocumented, and unexamined. Blair, who wrote a column for Mademoiselle, is more successful in tracing the rise and fall of Savitch's career and the distorted values of the television news world. Bl ...more
Straker
Understand two things: (1) This is really a glorified master's thesis about the history of television news, with Savitch grafted on to it for marketability's sake, and (2) Blair has complete contempt for Savitch. Skip this and read Golden Girl by Alanna Nash instead.
Megan
Jan 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
A book every aspiring broadcast journalist should read.

As a recent graduate of Ithaca College, I went through school hearing and believing that IC alumnae Jessica Savitch was somewhat of a hero for women in the news. I attended the school's Jessica Savitch Lecture Series in which her sister Stephanie gave speeches about her widely talented sister. I thought she was what every female journalist should aspire to be.

Boy was I wrong.

This book opened my eyes to the "real" Jessica Savitch--not the
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Juliane
Jun 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I learned you can buy a book for five dollars from HEB in Texas and it really is a good buy. But it's a chick book, men prob. wouldn't like it, but it was great insight into the fakery of broadcast and the cat fights (men and women)which occur therein.
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Feb 29, 2008 rated it really liked it
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Roberta
Dec 22, 2010 rated it it was ok
I just remember thinking what a sad, wasted life for someone who had so much potential.
Mell
May 02, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: bio, non-fiction
Gossipy. But an interesting read.
Misha
I don't remember much about this book except that Savitch's story was so, so sad.
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Gwenda Blair writes for magazines and newspapers and is also an author and radio commentator. Her work has appeared in Newsweek, New York, Esquire, The New York Times and The New York Times Magazine, TV Guide, Smart Money, and a number of other publications.
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