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Seduction: Sex, Lies, and Stardom in Howard Hughes's Hollywood

Karina Longworth
Format
Book
Published
New York, NY : Custom House, [2018]
Edition
First edition
Language
English
ISBN
9780062440518, 0062440519, 9780062440525, 0062440527, 9780062859679, 0062859676, 9780062898210 (ANZ edition)
Summary
An exploration of "Hollywood's glamorous golden age via the cinematic life of Howard Hughes and the women who encountered him--sometimes at the expense of their minds and souls"--Dust jacket flap.
Howard Hughes was obsessed with sex, power and publicity, and he used his power to trap, abuse, and/or benefit women who dreamt of screen stardom. From promoting bombshells to his contentious battles with the censors, Hughes-- perhaps more than any other filmmaker of his era-- commoditized male desire as he objectified and sexualized women. Longworth examines women, sex, and male power in Hollywood during its golden age-- and shows that the recent scandals are, while nothing new, only a ripple in our culture in general. -- adapted from jacket
Contents
  • Hollywood before Hell's angels, 1910-1928
  • Introduction : the Ambassador Hotel, 1925
  • Billie and Jean, 1928-1936
  • Hepburn and Rogers and Russell, 1932-1940
  • Life during wartime 1941-1946
  • Terry, Jean and RKO, 1948-1956
  • Hughes after RKO
  • Epilogue: life after death.
Description
xii, 543 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Notes
Includes bibliographical references, filmography and index.
Technical Details
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