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Hard-Boiled Hollywood : Crime and Punishment in Postwar Los Angeles (Hardcover) (Jon Lewis)

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Two spectacular dead bodies—Elizabeth Short, known as the Black Dahlia, found dumped and posed in a vacant lot in January 1947, and Marilyn Monroe, found dead in her home in August 1962—bookend this new history of Hollywood’s postwar transition. Short’s murder called attention to the lives of the many disenfranchised in Los Angeles; she was, after all, one of them. Monroe’s death involved the entourage inhabiting her movie star orbit: quack doctors, gangsters, Hollywood celebrities, the FBI and the CIA, and, inevitably, the Kennedys. Hard-Boiled Hollywood focuses on the many lives lost at the crossroads of a dreamed-of Hollywood and the real thing follwing the collapse of the studio system as celebrities, moguls, mobsters, gossip mongers, and industry wannabes came into frequent contact and conflict.
Number of Pages: 233
Genre: Performing Arts, History
Sub-Genre: History
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Univ of California Pr
Author: Jon Lewis
Language: English
Street Date: April 19, 2017
TCIN: 51994749
UPC: 9780520284319
Item Number (DPCI): 248-39-2216
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