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Wednesday, 21 December, 2011 10:34 PM
'Hollywood Stories' is recommended for all movie lovers
Hollywood Stories is a book about short-tale stories about famous movie stars, movies and directors and trivia about the city of Hollywood and Beverly Hills.
It discusses stars like Judy Garland, Marilyn Monroe to Walt Disney and Steven Spielberg. It opens with a couple of paragraphs about Jim Carrey, who got started his career as a young man portraying Norman Bates in the Psycho attraction of the Universal Studios Hollywood backlot tour. He got noticed and the rest is history.
For example, Marilyn Monroe dreamed of being a movie star. She visited Grauman's Chinese Theatre often. At the premiere of "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes", she had a great idea. She wanted to leave her imprint of not only her hands and feet in the cement, but one of her famous assets/body part. She wanted to sit in the cement, but to the disappointment of the photographers, her suggestion was rejected.
Hollywood Stories also features four pages on Elizabeth Taylor, who passed away early yesterday morning. One of the excerpts discussed the 1944 family classic National Velvet. "Taylor was originally deemed too short for the part, but studio publicity people claimed she willed herself to grow three inches," the author wrote. "Years later, a much harsher Taylor would attribute her chronic back pains to a nasty spill she took in one of the riding scenes."
Taylor got married eight times and the final ceremony took place at Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch in 1991. Chasen's Restaurant in West Hollywood was her favorite place to eat chili. She ate it so much that the restaurant would deliver it to her around the world as she made her movies.
In another part of the book, it mentioned that legendary Price is Right host Bob Barker didn't really know the prices of things on his show. "In his own life, the gentlemanly Barker had his housekeeper do all his shopping and claimed not to know the price of anything," the author wrote. He also recalled an episode when the audience wouldn't quiet down because a female contestant had accidently lost her top.
I was surprised there was nothing in the book about Larry King. I remember tour guides in Hollywood telling me that he usually eats breakfast at Nate 'n Al's in Beverly Hills with some of his buddies.
The author, Stephen Schochet, was a tour bus guide, who read books, met people who were connected to the stars and put together this book about anyone who is anyone in the fascinating industry of movies and film.
This book is filled with funny moments, and a little bit of Hollywood history, and i would recommend it. It is totally entertaining.
OVERALL RATING: B
Look for Hollywood Stories: Short, Entertaining Anecdotes about the Stars and Legends of the Movies! at bookstores everywhere.
ISBN#0963897276 BCH Fulfillment & Distribution; 1 edition (June 28, 2010) Paperback: 324 pages
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