Open Secret: Gay Hollywood--1928-1998

Open Secret Gay Hollywood Hollywood isn t just a place or an industry it s a fantasy that unfolds in the minds of moviegoers the world over And talking about who s gay in Hollywood has always been the most socially acceptable

  • Title: Open Secret: Gay Hollywood--1928-1998
  • Author: David Ehrenstein
  • ISBN: 9780688153175
  • Page: 251
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Hollywood isn t just a place or an industry it s a fantasy that unfolds in the minds of moviegoers the world over And talking about who s gay in Hollywood has always been the most socially acceptable way of talking about homosexuality period.But times have changed for gays and lesbians inside Hollywood and in the culture at large Ellen DeGeneres came out to a worlHollywood isn t just a place or an industry it s a fantasy that unfolds in the minds of moviegoers the world over And talking about who s gay in Hollywood has always been the most socially acceptable way of talking about homosexuality period.But times have changed for gays and lesbians inside Hollywood and in the culture at large Ellen DeGeneres came out to a world quite different from the one that allowed Marlene Dietrich to stay in And while Rupert Everett may be called the gay Cary Grant, the real Cary Grant would never have described himself as gay even though he was.So what has it meant to be gay in Hollywood, not just as a star but behind the scenes as well How homosexual actors and actresses came to define straight America s sexual self image is only one of the paradoxical and provocative questions explored in Open Secret, a revealing cultural chronicle of gay Hollywood From the silent era to the age of the multiplex and beyond, homosexuality has been a fact of life in the film industry, and scores of important personalities stars, writers, directors, producers have enjoyed long and spectacular careers on both sides of the camera, despite mainstream America s professed bias against gays.Part social history and part Tinseltown expose, this entertaining book spans seventy years, painting knowing and vivid portraits of many of Hollywood s foremost gays and lesbians, often in the words of eyewitnesses or the principals themselves Veteran entertainment journalist David Ehrenstein traces the gradual transformation from an era when gays and lesbians had no public profile in polite society to the modern era when many top entertainment figures are not merely comfortable with their sexuality but actually celebrate it and are in turn celebrated for it In the process, he presents a unique reflection of American society as a whole and its ever changing attitudes and values.

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    1. The history of gay Hollywood cannot be summed up in one book any more than straight Hollywood can, but Ehrenstein's exhaustively researched tome comes close to being the definitive account. It is a superb companion to Vito Russo's Celluloid Closet (which documented the history of gay and lesbian characters in films, rather than who's working in the industry). Beginning in the late 1880s with the invention of cinema and the terms "homosexual" and "heterosexual," Ehrenstein examines the very open [...]


    2. A wonderfully researched book. I found the parts of the book about "old Hollywood" to be the most interesting: Liberace's lawsuit against Confidential magazine, James Whale, George Cuckor and Armistead Maupin's encounter with Rock Hudson. These segments make the book worth the purchase.Where the book feel short for me was on more contemporary issues. I thought the sections about Ellen coming out dragged a bit (and a good portion of the book is about Ellen). I think part of the reason these secti [...]


    3. This book is a little dated--about 10 years to be exact--but it is still quite interesting. Many of the facts about newer stars (Ellen DeGeneres, Lily Tomlin, Nathan Lane) are well known because they've all been outed, but there's a lot of interesting background about old-time movie stars like Rock Hudson, Liberace, Charles Laughton. Not much has changed since this book has been written and stars are as much in the closet today as they were in 98. Ninety-eight might have even been a high point, [...]


    4. Did you know that in the 30's/40's movie studios had an abortionist on staff in case one of their unwed starlets got themselves in trouble? Interesting stuff. There are some good facts I learned. But it was kinda boring. I skimmed more than read, looking for names I recognized. I think it's hilarious that they dedicated an entire chapter to whether or not Tom Cruise is gay. The readers were not given a conclusion on that subject.


    5. The beginning and end were slow but the middle was very engaging. I'm glad that I pushed myself through. It's definitely due for an update after all the changes in the last 15 years.


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