Hollywood Babylon

Hollywood Babylone is a book by filmmaker Kenneth Anger published in an embryonic version in 1959 by Parisian publisher Jean-Jacques Pauvert 1 . The book was published in its final version in 1975 the United States was surrounded by scandal, the book was quickly banned 2 . It reveals the dark sideof Hollywood celebrities . The full version of 1975 is published in French for the first time in 2013 by Tristram Publishing House 3 , 4 .

Stories recounted

The first volume, in its current version, discusses the following topics:

  • The mercury ingestion death of actress Olive Thomas and the ensuing scandal around her husband Jack Pickford  ;
  • the drug addictions of Juanita Hansen , Alma Rubens and Barbara La Marr  ;
  • the supposed sexual masochism of Mary Nolan  ;
  • the charges of rape and the subsequent trial of Errol Flynn  ;
  • the mysterious death of producer Thomas Ince aboard William Randolph Hearst’s yacht  ;
  • the adulterous affair of Mary Astor with author George S. Kaufman as she related it in her diary;
  • the decline of the careers of Mae Murray , Pola Negri , Louise Brooks , Marie Prevost and John Gilbert  ;
  • the connections of Rudolph Valentino  ;
  • the lesbianism of Alla Nazimova  ;
  • the filming difficulties of Erich von Stroheim  ;
  • the liaison between William Randolph Hearst and Marion Davies  ;
  • the scandal Roscoe Arbuckle – Virginia Rappe  ;
  • the drug-related deaths of Wallace Reid , Judy Garland , and (supposedly) Carl “Alfalfa” Switzer  ;
  • the forced marriage of Charlie Chaplin with Mildred Harris and Lita Gray plus the paternity scandal Joan Barry  ;
  • the murder of William Desmond Taylor and the consequences on the careers of Mabel Normand and Mary Miles Minter  ;
  • the suicides of Lupe Vélez , Carole Landis , Entwistle Peg , Gwili Andre , Albert Dekker , Lou Tellegen , Bobby Harron , Max Linder , George Sanders , and Clara Blandick  ;
  • Mae West and the censors;
  • Clara Bow’s accusations of excitement and mental instability  ;
  • the glory and decay of Frances Farmer and her journey to psychiatric hospitals;
  • the homosexuality of Ramon Novarro and his murder by prostitutes;
  • the mysterious deaths of Thelma Todd and Marilyn Monroe  ;
  • the murder of gangster Bugsy Siegel by his friend Virginia Hill and Lucky Luciano , and the death of Lana Turner’s lover , Johnny Stompanato stabbed by his then teenage daughter Cheryl Crane  ;
  • the decline and death of Jayne Mansfield  ;
  • Lewis Stone’s death from a heart attack after pursuing boys throwing stones at his house;
  • the suicide of Jean Harlow’s second husband , Paul Bern (illustrated with photos of the nude actress, before her celebrity);
  • the black list of Hollywood Ten  ;
  • the murder of Sharon Tate by Charles Manson  ;
  • legal proceedings against the scandal magazine Confidential  (en) .

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References

  1. ↑ “Hollywood Babylon”: the lair of madness , Didier Jacob, Le Nouvel Observateur , April 27, 2013. [ archive ]
  2. ↑ Criticism of Hollywood Babylon by Kenneth Anger , Laurent Rigoulet, Télérama , o  3298, March 30, 2013. [ archive ]
  3. ↑ Hollywood, hell side , Samuel Blumenfeld Le Monde , April 18, 2013. [ archive ]
  4. ↑ Theophilus Pillault, “The archival photos of the decadent Hollywood 1950” , Vice , November 15, 2016. [ archive ]

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