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Adventures of a Hollywood Secretary by Valeria Belletti
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Apr 01, 2011

it was amazing

I highly recommend this book for a candid, fascinating glimpse into the real world of the Hollywood studios in the 1920's.
Valerie Belletti,a young Italian New Yorker, moved to sunny Los Angeles and began work as a secretary for studio moguls. During the course of her life in California, she wrote letters to a friend back home in New York, and years later her friend compiled the correspondence and had them published. And the result is a magnificent patchwork of true stories of daily life behind-the-scenes in such studios as MGM, where Beletti was the trusted secretary to Samuel Goldwyn and to Cecile B. DeMille. She dated the unknown-at-the-time Gary Cooper and met stars such as Ronald Coleman and Rudolph Valentino.

A fascinating, unusual read told in a unique fashion. Highly recommended.

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