Vanity Fair's Hollywood (Om) (Tpb)

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The definitive book of its kind, Vanity Fair's Hollywood is an incomparable collection of classic photographs, essays and caricatures depicting a century of Hollywood power, glamour, myth and mystery - directly from the pages of Vanity Fair, from 1914 to today. The brightest stars in Hollywood's firmament have been assembled in one volume: Garbo and Swanson, Gable and Grant, Tracy and Hepburn, Fairbanks and Pickford, Taylor and Burton - along with today's cinematic giants: Cruise and Kidman, Nicholson and Streep, De Niro and DiCaprio, Hanks and Roberts, and scores more. Vanity Fair's photographers - among them Cecil Beaton, Annie Leibovitz, Helmut Newton, Herb Ritts, Edward Steichen and Bruce Weber - have helped to define modern portraiture. Likewise, Vanity Fair's stable of Hollywood writers in this volume includes luminaries of the past (P.G. Wodehouse, Dorothy Parker and D.H. Lawrence) and of the present (Christopher Hitchens, Dominick Dunne, Amy Fine). Here, then, is a century's worth of stars and moguls, parties and scandals, power and glamour, through the unrivalled lens and the inimitable prose of Vanity Fair.

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Vanity Fair's Hollywood is the ultimate book on Hollywood. Vanity Fair was launched in New York in 1914, and originally chronicled the gossip and glamour of Hollywood in its heyday, photographing and celebrating the likes of Valentino, Garbo, Howard Hughes, Clark Gable, Marlene Dietrich, Mae West, Cary Grant--the list is stellar and endless. Relaunched in 1983, the magazine faced a very different version of Hollywood, but with photographers of the calibre of Annie Leibowitz and Helmut Newton, the magazine has vividly captured what Gore Vidal calls "a metaphor for all the chaotic time that we had served in the twentieth century". Vanity Fair's Hollywood is a remarkable photographic essay of one of the western world's most fascinating industries, Hollywood, chronicled by one of its most glamorous magazines. Chosen by current Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter, the book contains hundreds of photographs and 14 essays that "trace nearly a century of Hollywood power and glory, myth and mystery", including written contributions by D.H. Lawrence, Dorothy Parker and P.G. Wodehouse. But what defines this extraordinary book is its photographs. From Cecil Beaton and Edward Steichen to Annie Liebowitz and Herb Ritts, here are iconic images of the 20th century, from Sophia Loren regarding Jayne Mansfield's cleavage, to Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon dragging up one more time in front of Annie Liebowitz in 1995. Absolutely everyone who is anyone is in this book, and what a book it is. -- Jerry Brotton

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'The film book of the year' - The Evening Standard 'Ravishingly addictive' - The Spectator 'A definitive portrait of 20th-century celebrity' - GQ

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