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Hollywood Lesbians

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  60 ratings  ·  16 reviews
Read what these Hollywood legends had to say:

Barbara Stanwyck: "I admire the girls who never married. Me, I wouldn't have the guts." Patsy Kelly: "Yeah, I'm a dyke. So what? Big deal!" Majorie Main: "Between you and me and the world, Ma Kettle was the real man in the family!"
Paperback, 272 pages
Published February 1st 1996 by Barricade Books (first published October 1st 1994)
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Oct 28, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I had a hard time with this book mostly because I had a hard time with Boze Hadleigh's insensitive interviewing style. It seemed that Mr Hadleigh began each interview with an agenda. He wanted each woman to publicly come out since he felt that they had nothing left to lose. When there was resistance he pushed and pushed. He did the same when they did not want to disclose information about their families and other Hollywood stars that they were close to. . Many of them hung up the phone on him ...more
Jul 28, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbtq
I'm not sure what i was expecting but this wasn't really it. Rather than biography, it's mostly transcripts of interviews with the women. I wasn't a huge fan of that interview format, and the quality of the chapters varied greatly with the interviewee. Also I had almost no familiarity with any of the women interviewed. It was a real snapshot of an era though, to see the struggles these women went through and how painfully closeted most of them were, even at the end of their careers and lives. ...more
Jun 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A series of awkward interviews with closeted ladies from Hollywood's Golden Age. Deeply important literature, obviously.
Bob Ritner
Jan 27, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Movie fans, queer people, nosey people
Interviews with lesbians. I really enjoyed it, especially Ms. Main's interview. Great lady.
Joshua Stein
Jul 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir-biography
A short note: I'm the copy editor on the Riverdale Avenue Books rerelease of the book, which has quite a bit of new material in the way of interviews and biography. I think the rerelease, in particular, is worth a read. The original content is good, but the revisions and updates do improve the book substantially, in my opinion.

Boze Hadleigh's collections of interviews and biographical notes are interesting, not just as a matter of historically documenting Hollywood, or gay culture, through the
Aug 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017, history, media, wlw
I was curious after reading some excerpts on Autostraddle. obviously the author had an agenda, but it seems clear that pretty much all of them knew what it was and was prepared. Barbara Stanwyck might be the lone exception, and was clearly the one he disliked--I thought he only crossed any lines with her. Marjorie Main (Katie in Meet Me In St Louis) was my favorite--she was so funny and engaging--with Agnes Moorehead a close second, but all of the ladies were super interesting. Many spoke widely ...more
All right, I admit it. This book is, by discriminating standards in literature, a trashy, gossipy waste of good paper. However, it was an easy read and fun, as all good trash should be.

I have to warn others, though; the book does not entirely live up to its title. One expects to read ten affirmations of out and proud women. Of the ten interviews, only one, in her words, announces she was a dyke (and I’m not going to say who). The other nine interviewees never pass the boundary of allusion to
Jun 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found this book fascinating. I am only sorry for the way Hollywood was so focused on the stars of Hollywood. The interviews were great though the actresses were reluctant or danced around questions to their sexuality. This is classic Hollywood. Hadleigh did a great job of interviewing and writing this.

It's great to finally know about these women and their lives even though it is only a small picture of the women. Even now, I think it is difficult for lesbian actresses to be out especially if
Gail O'Connor
Dec 31, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
His stories are filled with fascinating accounts of these hollywood artists. Such a shame they couldn't be honest with their lives. Couldn't put the book down.
i just started this book, i'll let you know what i think when i finish it.
Renee F Jacobik
Oct 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I couldn't put it down ! I have admired each and every woman interviewed for this book. I have had many years of crushes on these ladies.
Jun 06, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book is a nice afternoon delight to read,especially if you know of the woman interviewed in here. I mainly didn't so while I enjoyed reading it, it's not a great book to me. On one hand, part of me sides with Boze in wanting these women to be free of restrictions, to be as lesbian or bisexual as they please. And yet, these women grew up in a time where, although a lot of gossip in the book declares otherwise, being out wasn't an option, at least for a megastar at the time. They also deserve ...more
Jan 06, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A series of VERY cringe worthy interviews. I felt terrible for all the folks interviewed due to the author’s intrusive questioning when it’s apparent that the person being interviewed is uncomfortable with the question. The author proceeded to keep being invasive! Ugh!

I read this was a series of interviews and based on the names, I figured these were folks who were perhaps comfortable with their queerness and were forerunners in LGB models. Nope! Once again, an author being invasive based on
Sue Fernandez
Aug 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
Not expecting a great piece of literature, this was what I thought it would be...with some twists. The stars were mostly of the golden years of Hollywood, and much of it is in the form of transcribed interviews. Further, some of the women were not exactly admitting that they WERE in fact lesbians. Some of the questioning was a little pushy, and I'd have felt uncomfortable if I were these women. That said...I like to read about Hollywood days gone by, I liked reading some of the tidbits about ...more
CrazyCat (Alex)
Sep 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-reviews, netgalley
I wasn't sure what to expect of this book. There are a lot of books written about gay stars so I was positively surprised by reading about some in this book I didn't knew of. Even if not all stars admitted that they are in fact lesbians it was a very interesting read. If you want to know more about the secret life of the Hollywood stars you really should read this book.

****ARC received in exchange for my honest review***
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