Hollywood Myths: The Shocking Truths Behind Film's Most Incredible Secrets and Scandals

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Hollywood exists to create and sell myth. Often, however, the myths created on screen are secondary to the rumors, half-truths, and lies that circulate through studio back lots and the press. Discover the real stories behind Hollywood’s greatest myths, as veteran film critic and Hollywood reporter Joe Williams sorts fact from fiction and examines how these tales came to be and how they persisted.Did Thomas Edison really invent the motion picture? Why has Charlie Chaplin survived as the undisputed king of the silent era? What about Fatty Arbuckle and that ill-fated boys' weekend in San Francisco? Did Woody Allen really marry his adopted daughter? Was there actually a suicide on the set of The Wizard of Oz (or are any of the other countless rumors about that film true)?The tales featured in Hollywood Myths involve specific films, actors' private lives, the industry itself, and urban legends that have existed as long as Hollywood has. Throughout, Williams illuminates what it was that made the biggest stars—from Marlon to Marilyn, Bogie to Brad—shine so brightly on the silver screen. In all, 56 enduring myths are examined, in the process revealing the machinations of myth-making in the fast, loose, and out-of-control world of Hollywood.

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Joe Williams (St.Louis, MO) is the film critic for the daily St. Louis Post-Dispatch and STLtoday.com. From 2003 to 2006, he was the on-camera movie reviewer for the St. Louis TV station KMOV, and he remains a frequent guest on St. Louis–area radio and television. Previously he worked as a movie extra, set painter, and rock critic in Hollywood.

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Voyageur Press
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Published on
Oct 15, 2012
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Pages
240
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ISBN
9781610586603
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Language
English
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Genres
Performing Arts / Film / History & Criticism
Performing Arts / Film / Reference
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How I silenced the negative voices in my head to survive and thrive -- Foreword by Johnny Lewis

'Joe Williams has been into the darkest forest and brought back a story to shine a light for us all. He's a leader for today and tomorrow.' -- Stan Grant

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