Summer Reading List: Golden Hollywood Edition
To me there's nothing better but finding a shady spot under some magestic oak tree and reading a book with the warm winds of summer all around me. One of my favorite topics to read about is Golden Hollywood. There's the glamour, the beauty, the romance but all the stories that people don't often know about..All the chaos and sadness behind all the sparkling matinee signs and velvet gowns. The real stories of all those gorgeous ladies and handsome men and what brought them to Hollywood and how hard it was to stay relevant.
Carole Lombard: Twentieth-Century Star by Michelle Morgan is an amazing book about my favorite Golden Hollywood starlet, Carole Lombard. Carole was a glamorous actress known for her "screwball comedies". Behind all the glamour and beauty, she experience a lot of love and heartbreak. A must read for Carole Lombard fans.
From BarnesandNobles.com: "Marilyn Monroe is our supreme icon of glamour, vulnerability, personal magnetism, and the American dream, and her legend continues to grow four decades after her death. MM—Personal is a new look behind the veil of that legend, reproducing the most fascinating relics from her private archive—once thought to have been lost, and never before revealed to the public—to clarify, qualify, or reverse many common conceptions about the “blond bombshell.”
Selected from more than 10,000 largely unseen and heretofore unpublished items from Marilyn’s own file cabinets, these documents, snapshots, letters, memorabilia, and ephemera are joined by the first account of Monroe’s life since Gloria Steinem’s Marilyn to be written by a feminist historian, revealing shades of her genius that have never before been fully understood."
Dressing Marilyn: How a Hollywood Icon Was Styled by William Travilla by Andrew Hansford, and Karen Homer features "Travilla's original sketches, rare costume test shots, dress patterns, photographs of Marilyn wearing the dresses, plus exclusive and never before-seen extracts from interviews with Travilla, this book offers a fresh insight into the golden age of Hollywood."
From BarnesandNobles.com: 'A to Z of Classic Hollywood Style 'is the perfect compendium of fashion wisdom from Hollywood's most glamorous era. From Alfred Hitchcock on elegance, to Sophia Loren on sex appeal, to Edith Head on making a woman more beautiful, this book gathers the opinions of the world's most beloved classic film stars, as well as directors, designers, and critics. Including Joan Crawford's five fashion rules and Marlene Dietrich's tips for dressing on a budget, 'A to Z of Classic Hollywood Style 'is packed full of stylish advice for would-be starlets--or simply anyone who loves the Golden Age of Hollywood style.