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Gold Digger: The Outrageous Life and Times of Peggy Hopkins Joyce

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One of America's most talked about Jazz Age personalities, Peggy Hopkins Joyce was the quintessential gold digger, the real-life Lorelei Lee. Married six times, to several millionaires and even a count, Joyce had no discernible talent except self-promotion. A barber's daughter who rose to become a Ziegfeld Girl and, briefly, a movie star, Joyce was the original modern cele ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published April 1st 2001 by Holt Paperbacks (first published 2000)
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Jun 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
I ran across Peggy Hopkins Joyce in the film INTERNATIONAL HOUSE. She was playing herself, had top billing (over WC Fields) and everyone seemed to know who she was. Having never heard of her, I was intrigued. This book not only explain who she was but also why she was -- in glittering and giddy detail. It's refreshing to note that this current phenomena of reality tv "stars" is not a new thing--that PHJ was perhaps the first media created celebrity. The author gives depth and scope to her subjec ...more
Oct 22, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: biographies
With no one left alive to tell Joyce's story, Rosenblum relies on her personal papers and old news accounts to do the talking. She does a good job of fleshing out Joyce's story -- and what a story she had! -- though sometimes she gets bogged down extrapolating. While I appreciate the historical perspective she provides, I often find myself wishing she would get back to Joyce's story, because that's what's really interesting about the book. That's a minor quibble though, as the book is very reada ...more
Sep 06, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: auto-biography
The best thing I can say about this book is that it's a quick read. Unfortunately Rosenblum doesn't have the depth to go further than what feels like a flapper version of us magazine. There is no sense of what makes America obsessed with psudo-celebrities or the underlying pathos of Peggy Hopkins Joyce.
May 08, 2014 rated it it was ok
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Somewhat entertaining, but longer than it really had to be. Just should have been way more fun to read. After about the 15th time you read "Peggy managed to be famous having no discernible skills" or "She was famous for being famous," you kind of get the point.

But even though it was too long, it felt like the author could have done more research. I guess what I'm saying is the book would have been better if it had had more real information and less padding. I didn't feel like I got to know Pegg
Julie Barrett
Nov 30, 2013 rated it liked it
Interesting book about the rise of the tabloid press's first star. Peggy was famous for being famous - for wearing designer clothes and dating rich guys and going to swanky nightclubs. She would have loved the twenty first century! Peggy should be considered Kim Kardashian's patron saint. The author of the book does a good job explaining how various developments in the early twentieth century paved the way for Peggy's fame to happen. The author was less successful writing a typical biography whe ...more
Kristin Myrtle
Sep 29, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: flapper-era
This book was great! Super fun fast easy read. Peggy Hopkins Joyce was controversial in her time. She talked frankly about sex and money... married multiple times, slept around, made movies... see her in Internatonal House with W.C. Fields... she's really funny! She made a name for herself in her time. This is the woman who went up to Charlie Chaplin and said: "My friends tell me you're hung like a horse." A great read!
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Tiffany Garcia
Dec 31, 2007 rated it liked it
It was a very interesting story about life in the 1920s and what was acceptable in those times. I had never heard of her before this book, but she was a household name in her time.
Nancy Loe
Aug 04, 2007 rated it it was ok
Shelves: biographies
The original Paris Hilton, I suppose – famous for being famous. I'm wanting to like this, but so far it's tough sledding. Or maybe I"m just grumpy lately.
Stephanie Borders
The biography of a once well-known jazz age icon, infamous for her numerous marriages.
Dec 30, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: womens-studies
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Author was the arts and leisure editor of the New York Times.
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Constance Rosenblum, most recently the author of the Habitats column published in the Real Estate section of The New York Times, is the longtime editor of the paper’s City section and a former editor of the Times’s Arts and Leisure section. She is the author of Boulevard of Dreams: Heady Times, Heartbreak, and Hope Along the Grand Concourse in the Bronx.
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