Hollywood Myths: The Shocking Truths Behind Films 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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“Half the people in Hollywood are dying to be discovered and the other half are afraid they will be.” —Lionel Barrymore, star of It’s a Wonderful Life  
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 Joe Williams sorts fact from fiction and examines how these tales came to be and why they persist. In fifty-six chapters, Williams examines myths about legendary stars, mysterious deaths, influential films, and the movie industry itself, uncovering the truths about enduring legends and lore and addressing such questions as:  
Did Thomas Edison invent motion pictures, or did he just take all the credit?  
Was a cursed script to blame for the deaths of comic heavyweights John Belushi, John Candy, and Chris Farley?  
What really happened during Natalie Wood’s final hours?  
How could Marilyn Monroe have overdosed on barbiturates if there was no pill-capsule residue in her stomach? And why did her phone records mysteriously disappear?  
Find out the answers to these questions and many more in this fascinating, meticulously researched account of Hollywood’s most shocking secrets and scandals. You will never look at the silver screen the same way again.

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