Monday, January 12, 2009

The Golden Girls of MGM by Jane Ellen Wayne (7/81)

When not reading, I enjoy classic movies from the 1930's-1950's on Turner or through Netflix. Watching these movie has made me very curious about some of these great actors and actresses. I have read quite a few actor and actress biographies in the past year as a result.

The Golden Girls of MGM offers a very candid synopsis of the lives of Ava Gardner, Lana Turner, Judy Garland, Jean Harlow, Elizabeth Taylor, and the the elusive Greta Garbo. As well as Grace Kelly, Elizabeth Taylor and Hedy Lamarr. All were/are talented lovely women with very interesting lives.

The book offers quite a bit of intimate detail about the lost loves, marriages, divorces and backstage feuds of these actresses and some of their leading men as well. Some of this information I knew from reading other biographies, but there were some things that I did not know. Also described is the politics of movie production led by the great team of Louis B. Mayer and the nicknamed " Boy Wonder" his right hand man until his death in 1936 at the age of 37, Irving Thalberg.

Some may question the exposure of intimate details in a biography, but the author's forward contains the following as told to her by George Cukor " One cannot paint a true picture of a rose without the thorns." How true.

I enjoyed this book very much and it makes a very interesting read if one is at all a fan of classic movies.

1 comment:

SandDancer said...

This book sounds quite interesting and I was thinking about some film related book for my non-fiction category.