In and Out of Hollywood

In and Out of Hollywood

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As a best-selling biographer of numerous Hollywood greatsa€”Katharine Hepburn, Bette Davis, Errol Flynn, Howard Hughes, and Cary Grant among thema€”Charles Higham has been privy to the public and private joys, tragedies, scandals, and desires of many of the darlings of Hollywooda€™s red carpet. In and Out of Hollywood is Highama€™s own life story, replete with a vibrant cast that includes stars from Marlene Dietrich to Clint Eastwood to Leonardo DiCaprio. Born into a life of privilege in 1930s England, Higham endured a difficult childhood. To escape a tortured family situation, Higham married early despite his awakening homosexuality and fled to Australia with his wife to begin a new life as a poet, journalist, and editor. By the 1960s he had settled in Hollywood. It was here that he struck gold by finding and writing about the reels of Orson Wellesa€™s legendary unfinished Latin American epic film Ita€™s All True, long thought lost in a Paramount vault. This momentous find rocketed Higham to the A-list. He soon became a New York Times feature writer and sought-after biographer lauded for his pioneering style. In and Out of Hollywood contains Highama€™s personal reflections on the stars he has known over the past forty years. From his insider perch he reveals Hollywooda€™s inner life: how Bette Davis influenced the death of her second husband; how Walt Disneya€™s dark vision devolved into bright animated features he astonishingly despised; how leading actors clandestinely participated in gay activities. Highama€™s memoir also charts his work as a political commentator, historian, poet, and playwright; describes the dangers and excitements of gay life before AIDS; and recounts his eventual discovery of a lasting relationship. In and Out of Hollywood is a lively tour through several decades of changing times and personalities behind the scenes of the American film world.Before my traumas and before I became an adolescent I could as a Boy Scout effortlessly tie a dozen different kinds of knot, set up a tent and bring it down, repair a broken toy car or a toy train engine. Now I could do nothing; I had no practicalanbsp;...

Title:In and Out of Hollywood
Author: Charles Higham
Publisher:Terrace Books - 2009-10-27

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