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Such Mad Fun: Ambition and Glamour in Hollywood's Golden Age

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What determines who a woman will become? Jane Hall was an orphan at fifteen and a "literary prodigy" according to the press. How did this spirited young girl from an Arizona mining town become a Depression-era debutante, a successful author of magazine fiction, and a screenwriter at Hollywood's most glamorous studio? At Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Jane wrote the story and the scri ...more
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Published July 21st 2016 by View Tree Press
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Such Mad Fun by Robin R. Cutler, Pub Date 08 Sept.

Before you make the choice to read this biography and a partial memoir of the daughter's mother, Jane Hall, I advise you to skip to the very LAST paragraph which the publishers have chosen as its summary. Then, return to the enticing details at the beginning, the hook of the Golden Age of Hollywood movie stars who Jane knew and famous writers she worked beside. You will then be prepared for this book, which is far from just its pretty cover and
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Peggy
NOTE: Received as an ARC from Netgalley.

I originally wanted to read this book because the blurb mentioned two of my favorite movies, The Wizard of Oz and Gone With the Wind. I certainly enjoyed the peeks behind the scenes of those two films, including the story of the actor who "played" the talking apple tree in “Oz", a chat with Clark Gable and Victor Fleming, and the tidbits about Toto. But there was so much more to this book. It’s a fascinating look at old Hollywood, Cafe Society, and the “G
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SundayAtDusk
Jul 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history-general
Jane Hall is the author's mother. The smashing cover of the book was a Cosmopolitan cover of Jane Hall and her dog Kate. Robin Cutler covers her mother's life from her childhood, where she was orphaned as a teenager, to her final days where she spent more time with animals than people. The story's main focus is on Ms. Hall's days as a Hollywood writer, and her writings for magazines. (Back then, Cosmopolitan was actually a literary magazine!) From beginning to end, Ms. Cutler also concentrates o ...more
Nancy
Jul 30, 2016 rated it really liked it

The 1939 Cosmopolitan cover says it all: The lovely and glamourous Jane Hall with her beloved Kate, captured at the height of her successful career as a Hollywood screen writer. The real deal, an early writing genuis published at age 13 who ended up in an office next door to F. Scott Fitzgerald screenwriting writing for the cash desperately needed to support his daughter Scottie in private school and wife Zelda in the sanitarium. He became a mentor and friend to Jane.

An Arizonia small town girl
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Karen
Oct 15, 2016 rated it liked it
"How did this spirited young girl from an Arizona mining town become a Depression-era debutante, a successful author of magazine fiction, and a screenwriter at Hollywood's most glamorous studio?"

In this book, Robin Cutler looks to answer these questions about her mother, Jane Hall. Jane showed writing talent from a very early age, having stories and articles published in local Arizona papers from the time she was a young teenager. When she and her brother were orphaned, however, they moved to N
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Angelle Barbazon
Much like her mother, Robin R. Cutler is a masterful storyteller. Such Mad Fun sweeps readers away to the Golden Age of Hollywood and immerses them in the fascinating life of Jane Hall. The author gracefully pays tribute to her mother who famously wrote for Cosmopolitan Magazine and penned the script for the classic movie These Glamour Girls. I highly recommend picking up Such Mad Fun -- and you won't want to put it down.
Janet
Jul 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
I love old black and white movies where stars always seemed to have style, and sometimes a little sassy attitude that radiated real fun. One of the people, who helped create those silver screen personas, was MGM screenwriter Jane Hall. At the age of 15 Jane and her older brother found themselves parentless. Taken in by her Aunt and Uncle they would relocate to New York where Jane would become a debutante in a private girl’s school. Park Avenue would be her new home where her aunt would introduce ...more
CarolineFromConcord
A published author at age 10 and, in her 20s, not only a fiction and nonfiction writer for "Cosmopolitan," "Good Housekeeping" and the "Saturday Evening Post," but a snappy-tongued script writer for MGM, Universal and RKO, Jane Hall had done more by age 23 than most people do in a lifetime.

And that was when she gave in to the lure of the glamour that her sharp social satire had so often ridiculed.

Are you the kind of reader who in a George Eliot novel sees a character putting a toe on the wrong
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Nancy
Aug 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The 1939 Cosmopolitan cover says it all: The lovely and glamourous Jane Hall with her beloved Kate, captured at the height of her successful career as a Hollywood screen writer. The real deal, an early writing genuis published at age 13 who ended up in an office next door to F. Scott Fitzgerald screenwriting writing for the cash desperately needed to support his daughter Scottie in private school and wife Zelda in the sanitarium. He became a mentor and friend to Jane.

An Arizonia small town girl
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Story Circle Book Reviews
Feb 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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You had me at "Hollywood's Golden Age."

In Such Mad Fun: Ambition and Glamour in Hollywood's Golden Age, historian Robin R. Cutler undertakes a daunting task—a biography of her own mother, Jane Hall, who worked as a screenwriter, fiction writer, and journalist during the 1930s and early 1940s. Jane Hall is a character worthy of her own Hollywood movie, and thanks to Cutler, she pops to vivid life from these pages.

Born in 1915, Jane Hall inherited her father's gift with words: Dick Wick Hall autho
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Nancy
Sep 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Glamorous Coming of Age in the 1930s

Jane Hall began life in an Arizona mining town. She loved the freedom and adored her father who wrote humerus fiction for the Saturday Evening Post. However, her father's death and the subsequent death of her mother, sent Jane and her brother East to live with her mother's sister. The mining town life couldn't have presented more of a contrast to the Manhattan lifestyle of wealthy families and debutante parties.

Although Jane became a debutante and enjoyed t
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Aurelia McNeil
Such Mad Fun Ambition and Glamour in Hollywood's Golden Days
by Robin R. Cutler is a biography about the author's mother, Jane Hall, who at age ten begins her public career as a writer. Jane invents courtship narratives and poems and sends them out to be published. She also starts art school. In the 1930's Jane received $350 from Delineator for an article and $800 from Cosmopolitan for her sixth and seventh published story. Jane also writes These Glamour Girls which becomes a big success.

Such Mad
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Donna
Oct 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jane Hall, the subject of this memoir-biography, evolved from an orphaned Arizona child of the desert whose gifted writing earned her a public label of "genius" to a high society wife among the upper crust of New York and Virginia. Phases of her journey between these two points included 1) becoming a published reporter as a young teenager for her local southern California newspaper, 2) attending a New York City private girls' high school and being presented as a Depression-era debutante, 3) writ ...more
Jenna Smith
Sep 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved Such Mad Fun! How interesting that the story of Jane Hall's life and the balance between work and family for a woman is still so relevant in our world today. I loved reading about the pressure Jane felt to be glamorous and to marry and have children. How fascinating that these struggles have been occurring since the 1930s! I thoroughly enjoyed this account of Jane Hall's life.
Kristine
Such Mad Fun by Robin R. Cutler is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in early August.

Cutler writes about her mother, author and MGM screenwriter, Jane Hall, in a mixture of third-person narration, semi-stiff pop culture research, and a first-person epilogue that speeds through the end of Hall's life with not the birth of Cutler, but her extramarital affair with a Swedish prince.
Sydney
Sep 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a fascinating biography that takes on the topic of women in the workplace and, more specifically, women in Hollywood during Hollywood's Golden Age. Jane Hall's story is something that absolutely still applies to women today, and the story of a successful female in an industry that still heavily favors men is a must read for anyone interested in women and the entertainment industry.
Chelsea
Sep 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A gorgeous read from start to finish--I loved every minute!
Patti
Aug 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is a poignant coming of age story and a fresh look into the Hollywood of the pre war era. Robin Cutler writes with an historian's eye and a story tellers voice.
Marissa DeCuir
Sep 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A beautifully written and thoroughly researched historical perspective on the role of women in film from a television producer and historian (and daughter of an accomplished Hollywood screenwriter)
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This book had great promise... the content was intriguing... female writer goes to Hollywood, has an office next to F Scott Fitzgerald, meets famous people, makes her mark on scripts, Cosmo magazine articles, etc. However, the book reads more like a term paper than an interesting bio/novel. However, the real life and diary depicted in the book helped one understand that Jane Hall led quite the life!
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