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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Anne Helen Petersen Narrator: Romy Nordlinger Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2014 ISBN: 9781494572563
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Believe it or not, America's fascination with celebrity culture was thriving well before the days of TMZ, Perez Hilton, Charlie Sheen's breakdown, and allegations against Woody Allen. And the stars of yesteryear? They weren't always the saints that we make them out to be. Part biography, part cultural history, the stories contained in this book cover the stuff that films are made of: love, sex, drugs, illegitimate children, illicit affairs, and botched cover-ups. Based on Anne Helen Petersen's popular column on the Hairpin, Scandals of Classic Hollywood is sensationalism made smart. Download and start listening now!


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  • “Petersen’s prose is engaging and illuminating, and Romy Nordlinger’s assertive narration is perfect.”

    Library Journal (starred audio review)

  • Petersen's prose is engaging and illuminating, and Romy Nordlinger's assertive narration is perfect. Library Journal Starred Audio Review
  • “Not merely a rehash of salacious old Hollywood gossip, Petersen revivifies flattened images of Hollywood icons, including Fatty Arbuckle, Mae West, Humphrey Bogart and Marlon Brando, among othersl…Wide ranging and surprisingly thoughtful.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Most material is now familiar, but the writing is brisk and lively. Recommended for fans of old-time movie lore.”

    Library Journal

  • “This audiobook tells stories of actors whose lives were affected, sometimes destroyed, by Hollywood. Narrator Romy Nordlinger performs the work in a breathy voice like that of a radio gossip columnist, which is highly effective, considering the subject matter. Some of the stories are familiar; others are new and shocking, conjuring sympathy for actors such as Judy Garland, Dorothy Dandridge, and Jean Harlow for the horrific price they paid for fame. The offstage lives of Montgomery Clift, Humphrey Bogart, Douglas Fairbanks, and others were as interesting as the characters they played.”


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About the Author

Anne Helen Petersen received her PhD in media studies from the University of Texas, where she studied the industrial history of the gossip industry. She writes about culture, celebrity, and feminism for BuzzFeed News. Her first book, Scandals of Classic Hollywood, was featured in the Boston Globe, Time, NPR’s Pop Culture Happy Hour, Bitch, the New York Post, and The Rumpus.

About the Narrator

Romy Nordlinger is a New York City–based actress. As an audiobook narrator, she has recorded nearly a hundred titles, ranging from romance and self-help to science fiction and mystery. Her television credits include roles on Law & Order and One Life to Live. She is a member and committee head of the League of Professional Theatre Women and has appeared in hundreds of off-Broadway and regional theater productions and readings. She has also done voice-over work for numerous commercials, industrials, and public service announcements.