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The Hollywood Daughter

3.46  ·  Rating details ·  1,363 Ratings  ·  234 Reviews
From the New York Times bestselling author of The Dressmaker and A Touch of Stardust, comes a Hollywood coming-of-age novel, in which Ingrid Bergman's affair with Roberto Rossellini forces her biggest fan to reconsider everything she was raised to believe

In 1950, Ingrid Bergman - already a major star after movies like Casablanca and Joan of Arc - has a baby out of wedlock
Hardcover, 305 pages
Published March 7th 2017 by Doubleday Books
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The Hollywood Daughter by Kate Alcott is a 2017 Doubleday publication.

Alcott captures the glamour and awe of Hollywood amid the tensions and fears of McCarthyism and the scandal that sent shockwaves throughout the industry, but is also an intimate look at family, the cracks in the veneer, the loyalty, the secrets, and the importance of learning priorities, relinquishing false illusions, and learning to forgive, not only others, but yourself.

This story may have gotten off to a slow start, but b
Cindy Burnett
Feb 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: edelweiss
4.5 stars

The Hollywood Daughter is a highly entertaining tale about Hollywood in the 1940’s and 1950’s and the impact of both McCarthyism and the Catholic Church on Hollywood movies and stars from that era. Jessica Malloy’s childhood is framed by her father’s job as a PR executive and his representation of Ingrid Bergman. As Hollywood is feeling the pressure of McCarthyism and censorship sanctioned by religious organizations, Ingrid Bergman grows weary of her position as a moral role model and e
Feb 19, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, 2-stars
Lofty, and at times even needy, in its wistfulness, The Hollywood Daughter was, quite frankly, just okay; it wants to be something more than it is.

This is a classic example where the author does a LOT of telling and very little showing. The insights the main character has were not really insightful. As she watched the world around her, big and small, Jessica Malloy simply raises questions and muses on various political, moral, and ethical topics that went with or against her Catholic upbringing.
Feb 21, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
**The Hollywood Daughter generously provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.**

3 "But there was always Hollywood." Stars

Kate Alcott takes us back in time to the 1940's & 1950's in the heart of McCarthyism in America showing us the effects of that movement through the eyes of a young girl with a devout Catholic mother and a father who's a Hollywood PR agent to Ingrid Bergman. Family secrets and illusions converging as a result what's happening in Hollywood with
Jan 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
I figured this book would be a bit of fluff - something to knock off and enjoy in between some very compelling long awaited novels. But it was actually more than that. I greatly enjoyed it. I found myself enraptured by the story, interested in the characters, the dynamics, and the political backdrop. Who knew I was entering not just Hollywood, but the historical fiction version - during the time of Ingrid Bergman's rise and fall from stardom. And yes Ingrid is a character in the book, and her st ...more
Apr 09, 2017 rated it it was ok
This story was too slow, and it wasn't the kind of story that what I wanted to read. I was hoping for a fun, humorous story about old Hollywood, but this wasn't it. Also, I didn't like the characters. There was no depth or growth.
Feb 27, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really 3.5 Stars

Ingrid Bergman, who could resist the mysterious woman she played in the film, Casablanca. Jessica "Jesse" Molloy, the young daughter of Miss Bergman's PR man at Selznick Studios in Hollywood, is captured by her star power. While Ingrid is filming, Bells of St. Mary's, at Jesse's all-girls, Catholic school, plus playing the pious role of a nun, Jesse falls deeper under Bergman's spell. "She's like an angel." Everything is magical in Jesse and her family's life until Ingrid leaves
Lisa B.
Mar 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jessica Malloy idolized Ingrid Bergman. Because her Dad is Ingrid’s PR rep, Jesse occassionally gets to spend a few moments with her idol. Her Dad even arranged for some scenes from Bergman’s The Bells of St. Mary to be filmed at Jesse’s catholic school. Not long after, Bergman’s star is tarnished when she has a baby out of wedlock with Roberto Rosellini. Jessica must come to grips with the image she has of Ingrid and the reality of the harsh, cruel times they are living in.

I was not born when t
Oct 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Thank you to Doubleday Books and Net Galley for giving me the opportunity to read an advance copy of “The Hollywood Daughter” by Kate Alcott.
This is the fourth book I have read by Kate Alcott and she does not disappoint. I found the book well written and quite engaging.
The Hollywood Daughter is a coming of age story, set in Hollywood during the 1950s. Jessica Malloy
Dec 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kate Alcott has once again taken her readers behind the scenes of old Hollywood to a time when Communist accusations and threats from the National Legion of Decency turned the star-studded world upside down. Amidst this turmoil, Jesse Malloy finds solace in her hero, Ingrid Bergman. But when Bergman’s life choices ban her from the US and cause Jesse’s family life to change forever, she finds that leaving is the only answer. Until one day, confronted with her past, she's forced to look to her fut ...more
Sep 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
For Jessica "Jesse" Malloy, growing up in the 1940s, actress Ingrid Bergman is the epitome of both glamorous actress and caring mother. Ingrid is her hero, and it helps that Jesse's father is Ingrid's publicist. However, a huge scandal erupts when Ingrid Bergman cheats on her husband and has a baby with her lover. The ripple effects of the scandal carry over into Jesse's own home, where tensions are high between her father and her staunchly Catholic mother.

Through the years, Jesse's relationshi
Jun 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A coming of age novel set in post-World War 2 Hollywood that is as much about celebrity as it is about convictions.

Admittedly this Protestant can’t understand all the nuances of being raised by a strict (and sadly, guilt-ridden) Catholic, Alcott does a wonderful job of detailing the collisions of faith and a hypocrisy-laden religious system. All set off by a supporting cast of Hollywood stars and starmakers.

And yet, the heart of this novel is Jesse, a young girl in love with a celebrity who ma
Very good story set in old Hollywood of the 1940's and 50's. It is told from the perspective of a young girl who attends Catholic school where Ingrid Bergman filmed the famous iconic movie the Bells of St Mary's. I really enjoyed this part of the story where the young catholic school girls and nuns find a hero in the nun character played by Ingrid Bergman. Later, Ingrid Bergman became a pariah when she moved to Italy to be with her lover and abandoned her American family. The hypocrisy of the ca ...more
Oct 20, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Sappy, over-dramatic and way too full of Catholic guilt and angst.
Mar 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Mar 06, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The daughter of a Hollywood publicist gets a front row seat to some of the most glamorous and most sordid real-life tales coming out of the movie business. When her movie star idol makes a very public personal choice, the girl must deal with the gap between onscreen fantasies and the harshness of real life. Author Kate Alcott delves into life behind the scenes of the golden age of Hollywood in the somewhat promising but ultimately disappointing novel The Hollywood Daughter.

Jessica “Jesse” Malloy
Claire Handscombe
Mar 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a great read. Highly recommend for all your beach reading needs.
Christina (Confessions of a Book Addict)
Jesse Malloy is living a normal life in New York City until one day she is invited to attend the Academy Awards. She hasn't returned to California in years and this unexpected invitation brings back a ton of memories. We flashback to her childhood where her father worked in PR at the famous Selznick Studio and worked with many celebrities, including the famous Ingrid Bergman. Jesse worships Ingrid not only because she is an incredible actress, but because she sees how much Ingrid loves her daugh ...more
Jan 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a story about glamour, gossip, scandal, Old Hollywood, McCarthyism, and a young girl. Jessica Malloy was brought up Hollywood all around her. Her father was a PR executive and Ingrid Bergman was one of his talents. Jessica was in awe of her, she was her idol. Jessica was lucky, she got to meet her idol. Not only that, Jessica went to school with her idol's daughter. So, every morning on the way to school, she shared a limousine with Pia, Ingrid's daughter. And every morning, Ingrid woul ...more
What could be a good beach read...with a plot from the 1940-1950s focused on unrelenting censorship of movies...led by the Catholic church, aided by fanatics in the government...let down by a ridiculous ending.
Linda Zagon
Mar 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would like to thank NetGalley and Doubleday Books for the ARC of "The Hollywood Daughter" by Kate Alcott.
The genres for this novel are historical fiction and women's fiction.
The author introduces the Malloy family. Jessica is a child when we first meet her, and her idol is actress Ingrid Bergman. Jessica has seen and met with the actress. Jessica's Dad is in Public Relations at a Hollywood studio representing Ingrid Bergman. Jessica is familiar with many of the Hollywood actors and actresses.
Olivia Farr
Aug 24, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

"The Hollywood Daughter" is the engaging story of Jessica (Jesse) growing up in the midst of Hollywood during the 40s/50s. Her father works PR for many of the stars, including Ingrid Bergman, whom Jesse loves and idolizes. She is experiencing a lot of turmoil in her own life- particularly with religion. Her mother is a devout Catholic, while her father is not. Jesse is caught somewhere in the middle. Things escalate when she is placed in a Catholic school.

Jesse's story is really engagi
Review copy provided by Double Day Books - February 2018

This was a good, quick read. I enjoyed the old school Hollywood glamour, especially with the main story revolving around the actress Ingrid Bergman. Lots of movie references throughout. I didn’t really connect to the main character though, so my rating went down a bit for this. Even though I enjoyed the book, it’d be hard for me to recommend to any/all readers. If you’re interested in Hollywood, the 1950’s, McCarthyism and the role of the C
It was tricky to decide in which genre shelf I should place The Hollywood Daughter. At heart, it's chick lit, but its historical basis had me looking up information online as I read. I am a fan of Kate Alcott's writing and I enjoyed this tale of a young girl who idolizes her Hollywood PR father and his client Ingrid Bergman. Set in the late 1940s and into the early '60s with the House Un-American Activities Committee as a major plot element, Alcott leads us through the rise and fall and rise aga ...more
May 25, 2018 rated it liked it
This is certainly a coming of age story combined with historical fiction. It is told through the make believe world of movie stardom and a young girl, Jesse Mallory, from 1942 through 1959.

Jesse met Ingrid Bergman when she was a small girl and became truly enthralled by her. Jesse thought the actress was beautiful and queenly, wanting to be just like her, and Ingrid was the mother Jesse longed for. Jesse’s father was in the movie business and Ingrid was his most famous and lucrative client. The
I really enjoyed this historical novel set against real life events in Hollywood during the 1950s. Jesse's hero is Ingrid Bergman and her father is a studio publicist who is assigned to her. Through her teenage years fantasy collides with reality which makes Jessica flee to New York. She returns 9 years later to confront the past. A good coming of age slash morality slash finding your way in the world story.
Nov 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017-reads
I haven't read much about this aspect of history and I'm not obsessed with celebrities, past or present, but I really enjoyed this book. It begins as a coming-of-age story about a teenage girl in Beverly Hills during the 1940's and 1950's. She attends a Catholic school, her mother is a devout Catholic, and her father is a Hollywood publicist. Set during the era of McCarthyism, the story focuses on the scandal surrounding Ingrid Bergman when she became pregnant during an extramarital affair. The ...more
Apr 30, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
Annoying and indulgent.

I only give this more than 1 star because it actually included factually sound descriptions of some aspects of the Catholic faith.
Apr 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5-4 stars

Entertaining tale taking on old Hollywood and at times the Catholic Church.
Great audiobook with a talented reader.
Kimberly Hicks
Mar 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Kimberly by: Netgalley
Shelves: read-on-kindle
This was such a feel-good novel that I hated it to end. Alcott catapulted the readers to the glitz and glamour of Hollywood’s finest in the 1950s. An era where scandals, murder, mayhem and old-fashioned Hollywood allure crept into the hearts and souls of so many Americans. So much so, that a young Jessica Malloy was thrown front and center of it all. Her father, a public relations executive for Ingrid Bergman, moved his family to Beverly Hills when his career took off for having known how to cal ...more
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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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