Hollywood's Silent Closet

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Blood Moon Productions, Ltd., 2001 - Fiction - 746 pages
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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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This beast is a sick,fucking turd and an evil monster-he needs to be shot.

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Darwin Porter, one of the most famous celebrity biographers in the world, spent more than a half-century collecting anecdotes and interviews with virtually everyone ever associated with the Gabors, including a gaggle of Hungarian and Viennese eyewitnesses who remembered the Gabors before their American debuts. Jolie Gabor, the trio's mother, was a frequent guest within Porter's home in New York City, and for a period of three years, the Austrian-born cabaret singer, Greta Keller (Jolie Gabor's best friend and each of the three sisters' godmother) was a semi-permanent resident within his NYC home. Jolie and Greta, "two shrewd and hard-nosed battleaxes from the mine fields of Old Europa," are included among the many sources which contributed to the hundreds of never-before-published revelations which permeate this astonishing triple biography.

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