Hollywood Babylon

Hollywood Babylon

by Kenneth Anger

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“Kenneth Anger has fashioned a delicious . . . box of poisoned bonbons. Picking through the slag heap of the Hollywood dream factory, [he] has put together a truly prodigious anthology of star-studded scandal.”—The New York Times

Kenneth Anger is a former child movie actor who grew up to become one of America’s leading underground filmmakers. Hollywood Babylon was originally published in Paris, and quickly became an underground legend. Not a word has been changed. Not a story omitted. Here is the hot, luscious plum of sizzling scandal that continues to shock the world.

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ISBN-13: 9780440153252
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/28/1981
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 113,521
Product dimensions: 4.25(w) x 6.85(h) x 0.85(d)

About the Author

Kenneth Anger is a former child movie actor who grew up to become one of America’s leading underground filmmakers.

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Hollywood Babylon 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first read this book as a adolesant. While looking up an obscure actress named Barbara LaMarr. This book is fasinating, well written like a old fashion page 6 colum. He leaves no one out that was anybody during the glory days of hollywood. The twentys is the best part. Who knew herion and cocaine were so widely abused in the good ole days. I personally have read his book three times and just admire how tastefully he covers the debauchery of the idols. CB DeMille would have hired Mr. Angler as a writer any ole time trust me!
carterchristian1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Having just returned from a trip to Hollywood, walking the path of the stars, taking in Hollywood Boulevard, this is a terrific reminder. Never mind the truth of the text, just take in the photographs. Black and white, so appropriate. Just wonderful for the film buff. And much of the silent film stuff was new to me.
madcatnip72 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Deliciously creepy, sordid true tales of Hollywood¿s golden age. Lots of black and white photographs lend this book a noir quality. Well-written by filmmaker Kenneth Anger, no stranger to decadence himself. Definitely recommended.
kraaivrouw on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Perez Hilton's precursor - early Hollywood scandal proving that the more things change the more they stay the same.
u4ik on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I first bought this book right out of college and loved it for being so salacious and juicy. I read it for a 2nd time recently then did Wikipedia searches on lots of the silent stars: Theda Bara, Clara Bow, Olive Thomas and a few others.........only to find that most of the info in this book on these folks is pure slaner, libel, myth, urban legend.........whatever you want to call it......pure FALSEHOODS!!! Reader, please double check at least one other source before you believe any of the tales spun in this book!
h3athrow on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Anyone with an interest in the history of film, celebrity gossip, pop culture, or true crime should read this book. Focusing primarily on the pre-code years of tinseltown, the book looks at the silver lining of the seamy underbelly of the movie-making beast. Absolutely fascinating. A need to read.
ablueidol on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Interesting, covers similar ground as like LA Confidential but over the 20-50's in a Chandler hard-boiled type tone. Would have been revealing when it was published in the 1970's but the world has moved on
tictac More than 1 year ago
Not must truth if any in this book. Jayne Mansfield didn't have her head cut off in the wreck that took her life, Ramon Novvaro didn't have and art deco dildo in his house let alone shoved down his throat. Amazing how a pack of lies can make a fortune for someone who has no regard to the family of these stars. I really don't even give it one star.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a terrific book that highlights some of old Hollywood's darkest scandals and sheds light on them while giving the readers interesting and refreshing insight at the same time. You'll read about the circumstances surrounding scandals that plagued Fatty Arbuckle, William Randolph Hearst, Marion Davies, Frances Farmer, Clara Bow, Charlie Chaplin, Errol Flynn and Rudolph Valentino. This is a great book that makes for an interesting reading experience on a quiet morning, a lazy afternoon or a rainy night. The book was tastefully written and Kenneth Anger does a splendid job of presenting the material in a way that's informative and entertaining. Features plenty of pictures, some of them graphic, all of them rarely seen. Also includes the peculiar circumstances surrounding the murder of William Desmond Taylor (the chief director at Famous Players-Lasky) and a particularly titillating story involving Mary Astor. This book is highly recommended! Purchase your copy today.