BEGUILING HOLLYWOOD

By Susannah Corwin

HOLLYWOOD & MINE — There are millions of stories here in Tinseltown. Let me read you this one about BILLIE and her meteoric rise from babysitter to Hollywood Studio Chief and what happened next…

  1. 1.
    Episode 35. You made it! The last chapter of Hollywood & Mine
    18:40
  2. 2.
    Episode 34. Life is the past, the present, and the perhaps.
    24:00
  3. 3.
    Episode 33. Hollywood is very pretty, but people grow old here — not outside, but inside.
    23:04
  4. 4.
    Episode 32. It’s said in Hollywood that you should always forgive your enemies — because you never know when you’ll have to work with them.
    13:45
  5. 5.
    Episode 31. I always say that if a woman will tell you her age, she will tell you anything.
    21:16
  6. 6.
    Episode 30. Every star I know in Hollywood acknowledges the same fact. With luck you can climb. Without it, your brakes don’t work even when you coast.
    8:21
  7. 7.
    Episode 29. Never admit anything to anybody. Honesty is not the best policy.
    5:54
  8. 8.
    Episode 28. I used to slip down to the beach and hold my head under the water just long enough to decide to come back up again…it seemed so ironical to feel like that, just when I was made a star.
    13:42
  1. 9.
    Episode 27 is introduced by Mabel Normand, who said, “Acting in the movies is like a cold — you get used to both after a while.”
    28:05
  2. 10.
    All creative people should be required to leave California for three months every year. Episode 26
    12:01
  3. 11.
    Now we come to episode 25 of the novel, in the words of Katharine Hepburn — life is hard, after all, it kills you.
    23:39
  4. 12.
    Episode 24. People with nerves should never go into the movies, and people without nerve can’t.
    18:11
  5. 13.
    Episode 23. Hollywood is apt to make one lose perspective on life. It takes a steady hand to keep your sense of balance… Luise Ranier
    22:07
  6. 14.
    Episode 22. If you’re gonna to be two-faced at least make one of them pretty.
    16:24
  7. 15.
    Episode 21. Hollywood is like a one-night stand, unless one is careful.
    22:00
  8. 16.
    Episode 20. Jane was steaming out a gown that was draping, gathered, a form fitting sheath with a train and veil that looked like it had been stored pristinely, waiting for this day, since the 1930s. “Madeleine Vionnet,” Jane explained, “she did this for my grandmother.”
    24:09
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    Episode 19. The dog walker had a reputation in town for being deft and diplomatic, the kid who once lived in his car had his fingers to the pulse of current events — how would a former nanny be perceived? It depended entirely on how much money my movie made.
    11:33
  10. 18.
    Episode 18. Under an engineer’s iron guidance the silent film star’s aerie was remodeled, stripped of original architectural character, and sold for enough cabbage to deposit Engineer and Executive in a ticky-tacky enclave for millionaires off the 405.
    15:23
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    17. “If you want to see the girl next door, go next door.” Joan Crawford
    14:23
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    16. “Don’t be afraid to be as angry or as loving as you can…” Lena Horne
    7:35
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    15. Sometimes a map is a map, and other times it’s a state of mind.
    9:15
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    14. “The American dream is a term that is often used but often misunderstood. It really isn’t about becoming rich and famous. It is about things much simpler and fundamental than that.” Dorothy Dandridge
    15:05
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    13. “You’re only as good as your last picture.”
    6:38
  16. 24.
    12. “You have to be hard-boiled to get through life whether you’re a shop-girl, a debutante, or a movie star.”
    18:36
  17. 25.
    Episode 11. “Behind every cloud there’s another cloud.”
    34:52
  18. 26.
    Episode 10. “I was all right in the long shots, but when it came to close-ups, sustained emotion was beyond me.”
    14:18
  19. 27.
    Episode 9. “All the men in my life have been two things: an epic and an epidemic.”
    19:35
  20. 28.
    Episode 8. “It’s not possible to forget pictures. Anyone who works in them thinks of them constantly.”
    22:42
  21. 29.
    Episode 7 Hollywood & Mine
    20:42
  22. 30.
    Episode 6 Hollywood & Mine
    26:13
  23. 31.
    Episode 5 Hollywood & Mine
    11:27
  24. 32.
    Episode 4 Hollywood & Mine
    20:28
  25. 33.
    Episode 3 Hollywood & Mine
    14:30
  26. 34.
    Episode 2 Hollywood & Mine
    25:25
  27. 35.
    Episode 1 Hollywood & Mine
    15:33

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