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Vanity Fair's Hollywoodby Graydon Carter
Synopses & Reviews
Vanity Fair was launched by Condé Nast in 1914, the same year Paramount Pictures was founded and Technicolor was first introduced. During the twenties and thirties photographic masters such as Cecil Beaton and Edward Steichen were providing the magazine with such iconographic images as the breathtaking still of Louise Brooks that graces the opening pages of Vanity Fair's Hollywood. Over the course of almost ninety years Vanity Fair has held a reputation for publishing some of the most memorable images of Hollywood — the movie stars, directors, producers, agents — and this stunning tome celebrates the best of them. Contemporary photographers such as Annie Leibovitz, Herb Ritts, and Helmut Newton stand impressively beside the classic masters. Predominantly a book of glorious photography, there are also fourteen typically compelling essays by an impressive lineup of authors, including P. G. Wodehouse, D. H. Lawrence, and Dorothy Parker. It would be hard to find a better visual chronicle of the silver screen. And, possibly, Vanity Fair's Hollywood is worth every cent just for the closing photograph, an Annie Leibovitz classic from 1995 of Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon together in drag once again. Truly glorious! Georgie, Powells.com
Vanity Fair has, from the start, made Hollywood its stomping ground. For its readers, this star-studded book encapsulates a century of the movie mecca's glory, glamour, and scandal. Garbo and Grant, Tracy and Hepburn, Fairbanks and Pickford, Taylor and Burton, the Gishes and the Barrymores rub shoulders with today's cinematic giants in an incomparable collection of luminous images, classic essays, and delightful caricatures from the archives of Vanity Fair from as far back as 1914.
Surrveying the brightest stars, moguls, directors, and writers, Vanity Fair's Hollywood is a stylish and definitive focus on timeless glamour, mythic beauty, and unquenchable celebrity.
"A magnificent keeper. Stunning photos of everyone I've ever wanted to know." Sue Mengers
"Every page tops the one before... You want it to never end. Vanity Fair's evocation of Hollywood is dazzling." Barry Diller
"This book is a dynamic reflection of the period and its personalities through the eyes of some great photographers." Tom Cruise
"Vanity Fair's Hollywood recreates this powerful sensation...striking, beautiful photographs — of the icons of the studios' golden age." Martin Scorsese
"Here is a remarkable gallery of personal moments and uninhibited vanities captured forever." Steven Spielberg
Hailed by "American Photo" as "the ground zero of modern iconography", "Vanity Fair" has from the start made Hollywood its stomping ground. This star-studded book encapsulates a century of the movie mecca's glory, power, glamour, and scandal as the stars of the past rub shoulders with today's cinematic giants in an incomparable collection of luminous images, classic essays, and delightful caricatures from the magazine's archives from as far back as 1914. 300 photos in color and b&w.
About the Author
Vanity Fair is the acknowledged authority on Hollywood, celebrity, and entertainment. Graydon Carter is a winner of the National Magazine Award.
Table of Contents
Without the cane and derby / Carl Sandburg — The great Garbo / Clare Boothe Brokaw Luce — Things I never knew till now / Walter Winchell — Sex appeal / D.H. Lawrence — The phenomenal growth of the movies / Frank Peale — San Simeon's child / Martha Sherrill — Idol gossips / Amy Fine Collins — Starlight, starbright / Margaret Case Harriman — When Sue was queen / Peter Biskind — A school for movie villains / P.G. Wodehouse — Is your little girl safe? / Dorothy Parker — The gangster and the goddess / Patricia Bosworth — When Liz met Dick / David Kamp — It happened on Sunset / Christopher Hitchens.
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