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Sunday, October 18, 2015

My First Time In Hollywood Stories from the Pioneers, Dreamers and Misfits Who Made the Movies Edited and Annotated by Cari Beauchamp

(The intersection of Hollywood Boulevard and Highland in 1907)

Cecil DeMille shared his small wooden house with a wolf and young would-be stars lived in fear of dangerous rattlesnakes roaming over the primitive sets.  This book about the early days of Hollywood by the historian Cari Beauchamp makes it sound like the wild, wild West.  Full of exciting anecdotes, scandals and fascinating stories of  the stars, this is a must-read for avid movie fans.

I loved it! I also liked looking at the images. The only problem is that many of the books from which the extracts are taken are out-of-print, and several of them are extremely expensive.  It's a big problem because you will certainly want to read more about the history of Hollywood after reading this book.

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