Hollywood's Dark History - Silver Screen Scandals
Publisher: Pen & Sword History
Thirteen sensational tales of sex, lies, violence, and murder from the early decades of Hollywood. The dawning of the nineteenth century brought with it a new era for entertainment. Vaudeville was the preferred form of entertainment, until the popularization of the silent film. This new medium proved to be a draw for many of the stars of the Vaudevillian stage and soon they migrated to the exciting possibilities that the movies had to offer. Audiences were instantly captivated by the stars of the silent screen. The early days of Hollywood were full of glamour and a newfound decadence. The stars in these films were catapulted to fame and fortune and the spotlight of the public eye. But the real people behind the glamour were far different from the characters that audiences knew and loved, and much like Hollywood today, the lives of the stars were often full of scandal and debauchery. This book examines the forgotten scandals of Hollywood’s early years, featuring silent and silver screen stars like Jean Harlow, Mae West, Mary Pickford, Charlie Chaplin, and Errol Flynn. Don’t let the romanticized black and white world of yesterday fool you. Their stories are rife with sex, drugs, and murder.