384 pages, 8.3 × 5.5 × 0.7 in
April 29, 2003
W W Norton
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0393324362
ISBN - 13: 9780393324365
From the Publisher
WITH "FRESH EMPHASIS on little-known stories [and] an impressive number of eyewitnesses" (Chicago Tribune), Sam Kashner and Jennifer MacNair present "a revealing.... ever fascinating glimpse into the shadowy reality and hidden mores of Hollywood in what was popularly considered a decade of innocence" (Suzanne Finstad). "[S]urprisingly vivid accounts" (People) of such public icons as Lana Turner. Rock Hudson, Kim Novak, and Mae West explore the private scandals exploited by tabloids such as Confidential. Highlighting Hollywood's curious religious revival with The Robe, the film industry's exploitation of the potboiler Peyton Place, and the life of anarchic director Nick Ray of the enduring classic Rebel without a Cause, the authors "[give] a compelling sense" (Kirkus Reviews) of the unique obsessions of the era and the city's attempts to reinvent the magic and mystery of its past glories.
About the Author
Sam Kashner and his wife Nancy Schoenberger are creative writing teachers at William and Mary College. They have written entertainment industry biographies, including Talent for Genius: The Life and Times of Oscar Levant and Hollywood Kryptonite: The Bulldog, the Lady and the Death of Superman, which explores the death of George Reeves. Kashner has also written three books of poetry on his own.
"The definitive take on sex, sleaze-mongering, moral vacuity, and paranoia in the American 1950s....This book soars."