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Hollywood Babylon

by Kenneth Anger

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    Lamparski's Whatever became of . . .? by Richard Lamparski (MiaCulpa)
    MiaCulpa: Both the Hollywood Babylon and "Whatever Became Of" series are fine examples of gossip and they often lead you to Wikipedia to discover what happened to the actors post-publication.
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Things I Learned: Rich and famous people are crazy, too! Maybe even more so ...

Comments: Anger's style is perplexing, but perhaps well-suit to his subject: celebrities of the silver screen, those well-known and the infamous. It's all here, and he names names. There were several volumes of this book published through the 1970's and 80's, all dealing with the tawdry aspects of Tinseltown. One volume that gave me bad dreams I encountered at my friends Carol's house. It was the volume dealing with the Black Dahlia murder, with crime scene photos and Elizabeth Short herself that were quite frightening. It's the kind of book that makes you glad you're just a regular Jane or Joe. ( )
  harrietbrown | Feb 7, 2014 |
Deliciously creepy, sordid true tales of Hollywood’s golden age. Lots of black and white photographs lend this book a noir quality. Well-written by filmmaker Kenneth Anger, no stranger to decadence himself. Definitely recommended. ( )
  madcatnip72 | Oct 17, 2010 |
Having just returned from a trip to Hollywood, walking the path of the stars, taking in Hollywood Boulevard, this is a terrific reminder. Never mind the truth of the text, just take in the photographs. Black and white, so appropriate. Just wonderful for the film buff. And much of the silent film stuff was new to me. ( )
  carterchristian1 | Sep 21, 2010 |
I first bought this book right out of college and loved it for being so salacious and juicy. I read it for a 2nd time recently then did Wikipedia searches on lots of the silent stars: Theda Bara, Clara Bow, Olive Thomas and a few others.........only to find that most of the info in this book on these folks is pure slaner, libel, myth, urban legend.........whatever you want to call it......pure FALSEHOODS!!! Reader, please double check at least one other source before you believe any of the tales spun in this book! ( )
  u4ik | Apr 19, 2010 |
A book which recounts the scandals that surrounded some Hollywood screen stars - with pictures ( )
  GlenRalph | Jul 21, 2009 |
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HOLLYWOOD

Hollywood, Hollywood...
Fabulous Hollywood...
Celluloid Babylon,
Glorious, glamorous...
City delirious,
Frivolous, serious...
Bold and ambitious,
And vicious and glamorous.
Drama - a city-full,
Tragic and pitiful...
Bunk, junk, and genius
Amazingly blended...
Tawdry, tremendous,
Absurd, stupendous;
Shoddy and cheap,
And astonishingly splendid...
HOLLYWOOD!!
- Don Blanding
As recited by Leo Carillo in the 1935 MGM Colortone Musical, Star Night at the Cocoanut Grove
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WHITE ELEPHANTS - the God of Hollywood wanted white elephants, and white elephants he got - eight of 'em, plaster mammoths perched on mega-mushroom pedestals, lording it over the colossal court of Belshazzar, the pasteboard Babylon built beside the dusty tin-lizzie trail called Sunset Boulevard.
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Every man and every women is a star. -- Aleister Crowley
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