Hollywood's Silent Closet: The Lusty Saga of America's First Star F*#%er

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Hollywood's Silent Closet provides a banquet of information about the pansexual intrigues of Hollywood between 1919 and 1926, compiled from eyewitness interviews with men and women, all of them insiders, who flourished in its midst. Not for the timid, it names names and doesn't spare the guilty. If you believe, like Truman Capote, that the literary treatment of gossip will become the literature of the 21st century, then you will love Hollywood's Silent Closet. Hollywood's Silent Closet is a vivid portrait of the decadent, homosexual, and gossipy world of pre-talkie Hollywood. It's an Info-Novel where 90% of everything in it is true. It represents the greatest collection of star-studded scandal ever assembled on the film stars of Hollywood's Silent Era. Valentino, Ramon Novarro, Charlie Chaplin, Fatty Arbuckle, Pola Negri, Nazimova, and many others figure into eyewitness accounts of the debauched excesses that went on behind closed doors. It also documents the often tragic endings of America's first screen idols, some of whom admitted to being more famous than the monarchs of England and Jesus Christ combined. Many of the interviews that went into the compilation of this book were conducted between 1940 and 1974, as the subjects were nearing the end of their lives and were willing, at last, to reveal scandals and insights that had previously been repressed by their own fears and by the media machines of the studio system. Marriages of convenience are the norm as intra-male peccadillos (and lots of lesbian love, too) are swept under the potted palms of the Edwardian age. The hero of this tale is the amiably cross-dressing Durango Jones, a wide-eyed neophyte from Kansas, circa 1919, who hits Hollywood during its Pre-Code excesses, and stays for a sexual feast wherein the banquet consists of many of the era's most flamboyant sex symbols. And although technically, this title has been formatted as a novel rather than a straight-line biography, there's the sometimes disturbing sense that this book is genuinely historical as well as being a jolly and rollicking piece of very savvy entertainment. This is high-testosterone Hollywood at its most compulsively readable. The 60s didn't invent sex-the stars of the Silent Screen did. ―Cruiser. Who slept with Mary Pickford's three husbands, her two brothers-in-law, and even her brother? The hero of Hollywood's Silent Closet, that's who! ―Trova Roma.

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Darwin Porter is the respected author of at least three mainstream biographies from Hollywood's Golden era. His biographies of Howard Hughes, Katharine Hepburn, and Humphrey Bogart have been cited as required reading for insights into what was really going on during Hollywood's Golden Age.

Hollywood's Silent Closet is not like his other works. The sources used in its compilation tended to be informal pieces of oft-repeated gossip. Blood Moon Productions, at first tempted to market it as a straight-line oral history, eventually decided agreed to release it in 2000 as an "info-novel," fully recognizing its value as an evocative insight into ambition, social climbing, and folly during Silent-Screen Hollywood's early infancy.

Read this book at your own risk--it definitely isn't for the timid, the prudish, or the squeamish. Incorporating a closeted cast of thousands, it names names and doesn't spare the guilty. In the process, the boudoir antics of many of the most eccentric hedonists of Hollywood's Silent Era are vividly replicated in ways you might never have seen in any other venue.

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HOLLYWOOD'S SILENT CLOSET is a brilliant primer for the "Who's Who" of Early Hollywood. -- The Gay London Times, April, 2000

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