The Golden Girls of MGM

The Golden Girls of MGM

Greta Garbo, Joan Crawford, Lana Turner, Judy Garland, Ava Gardner, Grace Kelly, and Others

Book - 2003
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Publisher: New York : Carroll & Graf, c2003
Edition: 1st Carroll & Graf ed
ISBN: 9780786711178
Branch Call Number: 791.4302 Way
Characteristics: xvii, 412 p., [16] p. of plates : ill


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Mar 06, 2017

Loved this book and it's all juicy details of these fabulous actresses. Since full length biographies can often be too long in my opinion, these vignettes are just the perfect length.

Jun 17, 2016

I've had a fascination with Hollywood, especially the Golden Age, since I was a kid. Always looking to watch interesting documentaries/biographies and read books on that period. Love MGM and the amazing performers of that time and am always on the hunt to learn something new about them.

This book centered on the women of MGM. Seemed promising, but ended up being quite disappointing. Definitely a book you rent from a library as opposed to paying.

Much of the dialogue and stories Wayne proposes are highly questionable (and in my opinion, not very believable). You're better off reading this then going onto Wikipedia or Turner Classic Films, which I did after reading each chapter on a star, and watching documentaries/biographies.

One thing that caught my eye was the amount of mistakes (Jean Harlow was not in Grand Hotel, for instance), spelling errors, and sentences failing to include periods or commas. It looked very sloppy and it's annoying because those mistakes were so easy to fix. The price sticker on my copy was $38.95. I wouldn't pay that for such lazy writing and editing. In addition, each vignette follows the exact same formula. It's really lame.

Each chapter breaks down a star. You get the classics, from Joan Crawford, Norma Shearer, Judy Garland, Greta Garbo, Grace Kelly, Lana Turner, Ava Gardner, just to name a few. Then there's a second section that briefly covers celebrities whom the author finds less interesting/scandalous. It was a waste of time. Why bother? It felt like she just wanted to cram as many big names in there as possible. It was pointless.

If you're looking for an easy-to-read book to pass the time or you (like me) love Hollywood and the Golden Era, then I'd still give it a read (as long as you don't pay for it). I did learn a couple things I hadn't known before and at least it had me watching some more documentaries and biographies, so it did its job. I would still take a lot of the information/stories presented with a grain of salt (tho they are very amusing, I must admit) and seek out other books and sources.


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