Wisecracker: The Life and Times of William Haines, Hollywood's First Openly Gay Star

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Focusing on Hollywood before the Production Code drove many gay actors underground, this biography illuminates the life of a major 1930s film star who enjoyed initial success in movies but was eventually driven out of the business by moralistic regulations. Reprint. 15,000 first printing.

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William Haines was one of MGM's biggest stars in the late 1920s, playing cocky but sympathetic wise guys in movies such as Brown of Harvard. He was as self-assured in real life: dropped by the studio in 1933 because he refused to hide his homosexuality, Haines became a successful interior decorator. Journalist William J. Mann perceptively links Haines's story to shifting attitudes in the movie industry, the gay community, and America as a whole. He also paints a tender portrait of the actor's love for Jimmie Shields, his companion from 1926 until Haines's death in 1973.

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