This Was Hollywood

By Carla Valderrama,

Book cover of This Was Hollywood: Forgotten Stars and Stories

Book description

In this one-of-a-kind Hollywood history, the creator of Instagram's celebrated @ThisWasHollywood reveals the forgotten past of the film world in a dazzling visual package modeled on the classic fan magazines of yesteryear.

From former screen legends who have faded into obscurity to new revelations about the biggest movie stars, Valderrama…

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Why read it?

2 authors picked This Was Hollywood as one of their favorite books. Why do they recommend it?

I normally read fantasy books, but I love old Hollywood: the movies, the actors, the clothes, and the stories, so I was excited to pick up this book.

Valderrama does an excellent job of telling stories from the Golden Age of Hollywood that haven’t been told before, from lesser-known actresses like Vera Allen, who made a huge mark on the industry, to the history of Pickfair, the mansion that was once owned by Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford.

Well-researched and filled with spicy anecdotes, this book was a wonderful romp through a time gone by but not forgotten.

I stumbled across this beautiful non-fiction hardback while I was searching for books that would immerse me fully into Honey Black’s world, when I first started writing my novel.

This is an excellent book recounting the scandals of Old Hollywood – Clark Gable and Errol Flynn included – complete with an impressive amount of authentic photographs that bring every story to bright, technicolour life. A lot of the scandals referred to in my novel were discovered through reading this book!

From Lisa's list on for fans of Old Hollywood.

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