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We Followed our Hearts to Hollywood by Emily…

We Followed our Hearts to Hollywood

by Emily Kimbrough

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Emily Kimbrough and Cornelia Otis Skinner wrote a book, "Our Hearts Were Young and Gay," about their experiences during a European trip in the 1920s. The book apparently came out much later, and during the early 1940s they were invited to come to Hollywood and help write a movie script. Hence the name of this book, which apparently is a reference to the earlier book, not any romantic affairs in Hollywood. Kimbrough describes her and Skinner's trip to Hollywood, and their experiences up til they returned to the east coast.

Kimbrough adopts a breezy, jocular tone through most of the book, trying mightily to make it humorous. A bit of it is mildly amusing, but not much. There is some interest in how she describes elements of an office and urban environment that were new to her then, but are familiar to us now, such as elevators that you work by yourself (no operator), and the trendy, ritzy shopping environment on Wilshire Boulevard. She refers to life during World War II (she has trouble getting meat). She does a lot of Hollywood name dropping. For me, the book's interest is in these social elements. ( )
  baobab | Sep 19, 2010 |
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