Passings of More than 125 American Movie and TV Idols

By James Robert Parish

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★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
mickie
Full of inaccuracies, you have to fact-check every story. Quite a few grammar errors. Anyone who's been in the military will spot unlikely events. The information value is learning which stars died an unnatural death. After a while I just stopped reading the book's explanation and just went online for facts.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
megan neumann
The book was an interesting read, but missed out on some stories from old Hollywood that might have added well to the project
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
hanieh
Very fine book, although I had never heard of some of the subjects.
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★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
shira lee
Interesting. Kept to the subject and kept it moving.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
sarah peck
a wonderful gift for my father-in law. the whole procedure from ordering to finally recieving the book could not have been better
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
diana hyle
I like what I have read!
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
denisa
i was pleasantly surprised at some of the bio information, and found that it covered information not mentioned in the stars obits.
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fatima
Really an interesting fact filled book for those that grew up watching these stars in the movies and on TV and wondered how they met their maker!!
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shaela woody
i look reading how some stars die
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
rachel banks
very informative and a great read!
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anne maron
Some interesting back stories but most of them you know. Nice lite escape reading, just the thing when you only have a few free minutes.
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sankalp singh
Interesting information!
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kim federici
Inaccurate info
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carlton
Bizarre , but true.
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talya
Voluminous tome going up til about 2000 of the great sad and weird stories of famous demises. Worthwhile and a great book to take with you to airports doctors offices and your home bathroom.
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jamie r
it was ok
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anuradha goyal
This book is a very large collection of the deaths of TV and Movie stars. Although I can't agree with the categories the author puts some of the deaths in, it is very entertaining and a quick read.
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phil rossi
This book is much better written than I had anticipated; it doesn't sensationalize anything and seems to be well researched. I use it for treadmill reading and night time reading on a Kindle.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
kathryn dilleshaw
just started reading....good material
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lisa emily
Trip back and time & fascinating to boot! If you're a fan of Old Hollywood, this is a must read.
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rachmani ang
I liked this book a lot. Not only does it give facts of past stars demise, the author also provides introspect of the star's life leading up to death/suicide.
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yaya
interesting but all been done before.
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vincent morrison
Very nice reading Thank you
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
ahmed etman
A wonderful read and no problem with sender
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
josia
Informative & interesting
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lynnae
Very interesting!! Lots of unknown information about the famous people of Hollywood.
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fay kagan
There weren't enough pictures. Some celebrities didn't even have one. How am I supposed to recognize most of these people if there isn't a reference to their looks?
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
heather ann
This was one of the most obscure and interesting books I have ever read.If you are a movie buff this is a great reference book on some your favorite past and present movie and screen stars.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
myky
Very Good book, well written.

I for some reason have a morbid fascination into hollywood deaths and this book definately satisfies my curiosity.

Highly recommend
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cara riley
It was very disappointing. I thought I might learn something but it seemed like just a bunch of old news stories mashed together. Perhaps someone with no knowledge about the subject matter would find it interesting but I was bored. Only kudos I can give is that the author must have spent a lot of time researching.
★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
marylyn leet
This is not useful or entertaining and is a mish-mash in terms of editing. Most of the information is best gleaned from other sources.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
brandon gipson
FULLY ENTERTAINING READ !!! ANYONE WHO'S HOOKED ON THE OLD HOLLYWOOD WOULD LIKE TO READ THIS ONE. ENJOY THE STORIES.
★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
paige latimer
The Hollywood Book of Death is heavily padded with excruciating background that seems lifted from allmovie.com. Strangely, many of the dead actor�s best work or more interesting aspects of their life are left out. Author James Robert Parish slummed writing this book. Half the book is dedicated to death by natural causes (yawn), while the Murdered, Drugs, Accidents and Suicide sections are stunningly short. I could name another dozen actors to add to each of those categories.
Hollywood Book of Death is okay if you are a novice to such trivia.
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jesus
Interesting fact revealed. Some I did not know.
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erika
There is a lot of information about the actors and their respective lives. Nice to have the burial information included.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
rizzen
I have what is essentially two other copies of this book published under different titles that date back to pre-1994. This incarnation includes an index which matches cemeteries and their dead celeb residents. Beware that if you plan to use this as a cemetery tour book, there are some serious inaccuracies contained within.
What particularly irks me is that the author used bad sources for his information and didn't verify his information. This was not necessary as most of this information could have been verified online. Far better and more accurate information in print can be obtained by buying a recent book by Allen Ellenberg that covers LA County cemeteries. THE INFORMATION IN THIS BOOK IS ACCURATE AS OF ITS DATE OF PUBLICATION.
My biggest personal gripe with this book.....if you are going to repackage it as 'new', it would be really nice if an attempt were made to correct past errors. If this was done, it is not evident to me. As for the bulk of the book which contains stories of heartbreak and (eventually) death, this book is a good read. Parish is a good writer and manages to keep his reader hooked.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
creshakespeare
pleased
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no more workhorse
sophomoric commentary throughout the book. a lot of important info about the stars was edited out. book was utterly boring. if you know how to google, you really don't need this book.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
susie little
Very interesting look into the lives (and deaths) of the stars. Even at 67 years old, I don't know all of the celebrities, but most of them have had some impact on my movie watching over the years. It's a great book to read snippets of while you're waiting for something else!
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
ellen dunkel
This was a great read! Stories of the demise of both old-time stars and modern celebrities. The only thing that would have made it 5 star is if there had been a picture for every person mentioned in the book.
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augustus
This was interesting, but not enlightening. I don't feel the author brought any new information to each actor's stories. I think I was hoping for deeper research, and most of what is included in this book could be found with a Google search.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
jenniffer
This book of ours is so used, it's about worn out. I got a 2nd copy for a friend who noticed my head buried in my book she absolutely loves it also. The copy came like brand new, very pleased..
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
mer karacay
Most were people I barely remember. Some of the stars made movies before I was born and I am in my late sixties. Was ok. Got to where I skipped over a lot.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
jessica braun
Campy, gossipy and often touching. We all want to believe our favorite stars had the happy endings their show and movies did. Sadly that seldom seem to happen.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
maxim
This is a fascinating and easy read, with a lot more about the life of the celebrity than their demise.
★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
luisa fer
Very depressing. Stories about very talented but kind of sick people.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
john simmons
Very interesting! Surprisingly not morbid either.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
david wilber
This is a great book. Anyone interested in the seedy history of Hollywood stars will definitely enjoy this book.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
boust12
very interesting and informative
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
jenvictoria
Interesting book.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
julia pinina
Interesting
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palesa
Interesting
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
utpal
good read
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stacie greer
Not what i thought it would be. Describes the stars life more than the deaths.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
linda parker
Interesting read
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
dena sanders
love the book! Had a problem with book. Seller fixed with100% satisfaction!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
andy huffaker
GREAT BOOK
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
fatih cetken
Loved this book. Always wanted to know what happened to some of these stars.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
greg hardin
STRANGE TALES ,GOOD READ
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
jared sparks
I ENJOYED VERY MUCH
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
lydia bartholomew
Informative
★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
melia mcfarland
Easy read. Not deep but included some facts of which I was not aware.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
bachman
Great book
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fakhri
What I read was good until I found out pages 227-258 were missing. Returning
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
kelly wolf
Loved this book, will buy similar.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
mona bliss
Love it
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howard lo
total crap
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allison rockwell
Not very interesting. So many people I have never heard of.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
gajraj
great
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kamlesh
Very interesting reading
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
stephen england
Thank you.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
nick kapp
If you are planning to visit Hollywood and would like learn about a movie star including how they died and where they are buried, then you would love this book. This is not a morbid book detailing the tragic end of a person, but guides movie fans by giving a brief and useful bio of the stars, and the address of the house where the star lived, and the cemetery information. I have visited gravesite of several stars discussed in this book and paid my respect. This book describes stars whose death was strange, brutal, suspicious or natural, and the appendix and the cemetery info given at the end of the book comes in very handy. Much of the information given in this book is already discussed on television, books or many websites related to Tinsel town, but it is nice to have a copy of the book for immediate reference.

Of many stars discussed in this book, I found Janet Gaynor's bio was interesting. Her death due to complications arising from a car accident in San Francisco, and her burial in Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Hollywood was helpful in relating to the movies she did. Other interesting bios I read included Grace Kelly, Carole Lombard, Jayne Mansfield, Will Rogers, and Ernie Kovacs; all of whom died in auto/plane accidents. Will Rogers was buried initially at a Los Angeles cemetery but later moved to Claremont, OK.

The celebrities who succumbed to alcohol and drug intoxication included; John Barrymore, Montgomery Clift, W.C. Fields, Judy Garland, William Holden, Veronica Lake, Barbara La Marr and Bel Lugosi. Some of the roles John Barrymore played were as an alcoholic, for example, in the movie "Dinner at Eight," his role reflected his true life. Bela Lugosi was strongly addicted to controlled substances that significantly affected his health, and poor choices he made in his career drove him to poor house. His last wish was that he was to be buried in his Dracula trademark black cape and tuxedo suite. For a small gathering attending the services, it was an eerie feeling to open the casket and see Dracula in the coffin. The story has it that the hearse left the mortuary parking lot, after driver lost control of the vehicle, and drove itself along the busy Hollywood Blvd and turned at Vine Street, the regular walking path of Lugosi.

A friend, after seeing W.C. Fields reading Bible, asked him why he chose to read the holy book, the comic quipped, "Looking for loopholes." Ramon Navarro, Sharon Tate, Rebecca Schaeffer, Haing Ngor (academy award winner for "The Killing Fields,") and Sal Mineo were murdered. The homicides of Tate and Navarro were especially brutal.

The deaths of Susan Hayward, John Wayne, Agnes Moorhead and Dick Powell occurred naturally. But many reporters believe that they were exposed to radiation that hovered over Utah filming site for the movie "The Conqueror." All of them developed cancer after the movie was shot in 1955.

The deaths of actor George Reeves, Marilyn Monroe, Natalie Wood, and Bob Crane were perplexing. Much has been written on them and various theories still exist. Recently LAPD reopened the investigation of Natalie Wood's death. George Reeves death was attributed to suicide by LAPD, but some believe that his one time lover Toni Mannix hired a hit man to do the job. She had a motive; his last will and testament read that most of his assets were to go for Mannix and not his fiancée Lenore Lemmon. Clara Blandick, Dorothy Dandridge, Peg Entwistle, Carole Landis, George Sanders, and Lupe Velez committed suicide for either health or economic reasons. Peg Entwistle fell from the Hollywood sign (from letter H) 100 feet below. It has been rumored that this area is haunted by Peg (woman in white) who is restless and never found peace in her life. There is a picture of the suicide scene of Carol Landis in the book, where she is found lying in her house in a crouching position. Landis was in serious financial position and the actor Rex Harrison was the last to see her before her unfortunate decision to end her life on July 4 weekend of 1948.

The book reads wonderfully and many stories I found in this book are well researched

1. The Ultimate Hollywood Tour Book: The Incomparable Guide to Movie Stars' Homes, Movie and TV Locations, Scandals, Murders, Suicides, and All the Famous Tourist Sites
2. Hollywood Stories: Short, Entertaining Anecdotes about the Stars and Legends of the Movies!
3. Hollywood: The Movie Lover's Guide: The Ultimate Insider Tour of Movie L.A.
4. Deadly Illusions: Jean Harlow and the Murder of Paul Bern
5. Haunted Hollywood: Tinseltown Terrors, Filmdom Phantoms, and Movieland Mayhem
6. Ghosts of Hollywood: The Show Still Goes on
7. Haunted Hollywood: The Haunted Locations of Hollywood, California
8. Hollywood Death and Scandal Sites: Sixteen Driving Tours with Directions and the Full Story, from Tallulah Bankhead to River Phoenix
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
jeff raymond
If you are the type of person who shares an interest in the movies and television with a love of reading, and has a certain curiosity, you will find this book to be both appealing and addictive. Once you start skipping through its pages you'll likely find it difficult to put down, at least for any length of time.

Don't be deceived by the title, though: it is much more about life and living than it is about death. But death sells and life doesn't. In any case, the book recounts the lives and deaths of many of Hollywood's well-known and lesser stars, both long-past and fairly recent; concentrating most heavily on their lives, successes, failures, fears, anxieties, and failings. But, as the title implies, each brief life story ends with a star's death; some accidental, others alcohol or drug related, some in obscurity, others murdered, by natural causes, simply puzzling, or by suicide. If you're a movie fan, and especially if you're a trivia fan, you can't help but be captivated.

Besides being interesting, however, these stories also tell us a bit about human nature. For many of these stars, who appeared to be on top of the world, with everything to live for, somehow felt that they were unworthy or had nothing and that nothing was of any value. Others felt threatened or overwhelmed, especially when they aged, or felt their sex appeal, fame, adulation, or simply their livelihood slipping away.

Best of all, however, besides telling its stories, this book is also a feast for trivia fans. Where else can you learn such obscure facts as these: that Florence Lawrence was the first actor named in a film and the first movie actor whose name was known by the public; that a placard placed at John Belushi's graveside reads, "He could have given us a lot more laughs, but noooooo."; that before dying penniless and alone, child actor Bobby Driscoll said of himself, "I was carried on a satin cushion and then dropped into the garbage can."; that when the not so sophisticated "It Girl," Clara Bow, was asked what "It" was," she replied, "I ain't real sure."; that Lou Costello's last words were, "That's the best ice cream soda I ever tasted."; that Greta Garbo didn't really "want to be alone," she simply wanted to be left alone; that, just before he died, Edmund Gwenn, Santa Clause in "Miracle on 34th Street", when told "It's awfully tough, isn't it?" replied, "Yes, it's tough, but not as tough as doing comedy."; that Elvis Presley's will requested that his funeral procession include 16 white Cadillacs and one white hound dog; that the supposed great movie lover, Charles Boyer, committed suicide two days after his wife of 44 years died of cancer; that the famous "Hollywood" sign was erected to promote a real estate development and originally read "Hollywoodland"; or, finally, that Herv'e Villechaize of "De plane! De plane!" fame was the youngest artist ever to have a painting hung in the prestigious Museum of Paris?

If those don't peak your interest and get your trivia juices flowing nothing will. Enjoy! Five stars.
★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
sereena
Not very good.
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jreader
This book reminds us of what many tend to forget. That behind those timeless images on the silver screen are flesh and blood people, all too susceptible like the rest of us to the ravages of passing years. Not that the author's tone is morbid or gossipy. It's not. Instead, the prose is candidly matter of fact, without speculation or embellishment, and you won't come away feeling ghoulish or intrusive. Still and all, there's no apparent criterion for who gets included among the deceased 125, and who doesn't. So whether your own particular favorites are included remains something of a dice roll. Each entry receives one to four pages of bio sketch plus details of passing, which are grouped helpfully under headings indicating the nature of the demise, such as "Accidental", "Natural Causes", "Puzzling Deaths", et. al. Interesting features include: disposition of estate, amount of estate, and disposition of remains, along with interment sites as catalogued in the handy Appendix B. Naturally, such limited space has its drawbacks -- one being that the reader cannot be made to feel the emotional tone of the individual's life experience, the death thus coming as something of an abstraction. (Only full length biography can reach contextual depth.) All in all, however, Parrish's work stands as a welcome addition to that archive of Hollywood lore which sticks pretty close to the facts -- some of which for a tome this rich are inevitably wrong, e.g. James Dean was not "out for a spin" on that fatal day, but headed to take part in the races in Salinas; by the math Parrish provides, Harriet Nelson was 80 at death, not 84; Lurene Tuttle, not Paul Jasmin, provided the mother's voice in Psycho. But this is mere nit-picking. The book itself remains a fascinating read.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
jgfools
Celebrities. There has always been an incredible fascination with the ins and outs of a celebrity and everything that goes with it. It's been that way for decades and decades. While some may be interested in what they do or spend, nothing is more interesting and fascinating than the tale of a star who's time has come and gone and are no longer with this. This decent sized book tells the tale of over 125 celebrities who have passed on to that big silver screen in the sky. Some big names, some you have probably never heard of before in your life. The big name stars that are featured in this book like Mary Pickford, W.C. Fields, River Phoenix, Bela Lugosi, Marlene Dietrich, Carole Lombard, and a ton of others, are always interesting to read about. But it is the people you are not familiar with that comes across as more intriguing. The book is divided into a couple of different categories dealing with the way of death. There is the first section, "Accidental Deaths", which is pretty much self explanatory. People in this section include Sonny Bono, Grace Kelly, Brandon Lee, and a dozen others. Then there is the "Alcohol And Drugs" section, where such celebs as Belushi, Barrymore, Farley, and Holden among others will be found. There is "In Obscurity", a section with lesser known performers, although Martha Raye is in here along with Clara Bow and Hedy Lamarr. This section deals with entertainrs who, well, went into obscurity. The book rounds out with "Murders", "Natural Causes", which does have a lot of people in it but does not fill up the book at all like an earlier review said. Plus, there is "Puzzling Deaths" and "Suicides". Some entertainers get a lenghty enough tribute, while some others don't. But I found each one to be appropriate to the level of star they were talking about and gave as good enough of information as there needed to be. There were definitley some doozies in here in regards to the person themself and their demise. Their is definitley bizarre and sordid stories in here as the title of the book says. While some may of died of old age or some other kind of natural cause, there is still usually enough interesting things and facts written about them that still makes it worthwhile, even when the ones that died normally, well, died normally. Plus you get fun little tall tales about people like John Barrymore. As legend has it, his body was borrowed from the morgue and taken back to Errol Flynn's house by his buddies and propped up making it look as though he didn't die. This, of course, sent Errol running out of the house. There are a few odds and ends like that here and there, and it's part of the fun that this book has between it's pages. The author, James Parrish, put together a nice and interesting book that is sure to be eaten up by any fan intrigued by the subject. I know I was.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
william humphreys
For film buffs or those into the Hollywood/movie industry, or the casual observer who grew up with a television set in their home. Providing 100 years of Hollywood/LA and the actresses and actors that used to be.
As people have many ways of departing this world, the author broke chapters into the way in which they exited: natural, homicide, drugs & alcohol, puzzling (unexplained), suicide, and accidents i.e. This is not about death per se but even moreso of the life and career of these people. In addition to 125 people, hundreds of movie titles are listed. It's not gloomy or morose. One can learn more about recent and long-past actors/actresses and their works here. It's an easy informative read.
Those into movies are aware of likes of Jane Mansfield and Sal Mineo, but additional coverage into a hundred of others tie old and new Hollywood together back to the beginning of the 1900s. Strait-to-the-point insights into their professional and private lives, and street addresses of Hollywood and Los Angeles are presented where the end came for these folks. You can find where they are buried as well. From this book you can take a ride or stroll through the Hollywood area and know more of what happened and where in the past.
What became of Alfalfa from "The Little Rascals" and hundreds of others you've heard of. You can find out here.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
jawnsearows
I've actually been reading this during my lunch break via the Kindle app on my phone while waiting (I took advantage of the Kindle Trade In Offer) for my Kindle Paperwhite to arrive.

I completely agree with another reviewer's opinion that this book is best read in small snippets just because each person mentioned doesn't (at least reading on my phone) take more than a "page" swipe or two to finish.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
eugene wainwright
If you're interested in the lives and deaths of TV and movie celebrities, this is the book for you. It provides an account of each featured celeb's life and (of course) death no matter how tawdry either the former or latter may be. Suicides, murders, old age, disease, and every other imaginable way the Grim Reaper takes his harvest is here. One will be saddened over the suicides of Freddie Prinz and River Phoenix as well as feel pride over how a real-life cowboy and hero like Buck Jones went to his final roundup rescuing people in real life as he did so many times on film. My only recommendation is that the reader should read only a few pages at a time since the book can prove rather depressing what with seeing the often sad end of so many bright stars.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
kiyanna shanay
I picked this up on a whim while browsing in my local bookstore one day, and I am glad I made that purchase. I read one or two entries every night, so it took me a while to get through it, but it was very interesting and informative, if a bit depressing at times. It was easy to read, and I was able to read each entry quickly, which is not usually the case for most Hollywood "biographies" that I've read.
I do have one complaint with the book, however. Even though I am not usually the one to need pictures in the books I read, it would have been MUCH nicer to have included at least one photo for each of the stars here. There were several featured people that either: 1.) I did not know of or 2.) I could not recall the face of. It would have been nice to have a convenient reference of these people. Looking back, many of the entries were without pictures.
Otherwise, it was a very enjoyable read, and I highly recommend it to anyone interested in the subject.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
patty gourneau
Thelma Todd was a budding actress in the 1930's, most famously for her starring roles in two Marx Brothers films, _Monkey Business_ (1931) and _Horse Feathers_ (1932). In the latter half of 1935, Todd and her boyfriend, director Roland West, opened a night club together, called "Thelma Todd's Sidewalk Cafe." This attracted shady people, including a group that tried to buy the club in an attempt to turn it into a casino. Todd and West refused, and then on December 16, 1935, at the young age of 30, Thelma Todd was found dead in her car, in her garage in L.A.

This is a mysterious death in and of itself, and already deserves a mention in this book. However, what makes things all the more strange was an almost prophetic wisecrack that Groucho Marx passed to her in _Monkey Business_: "You're a woman that's been getting nothing but dirty breaks. Well, we can clean and tighten your breaks, but you'll have to stay in the garage all night."

I rest my case.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
cleon
Okay, we admit we put this book in the bathroom to read in the tub BUT it is making it's way around the house! And a lot of conversations are starting with "...did you know that (fill in the blank celebrity) actually...(more fill in the blank)....." ...you get the idea... it's been great! Every night my husbnad picks out 2 selections at random and reads them to his almost 100 year old mother on the phone and then they discuss her recollections! A great reading time is being had by all!
Paul and Mika Gens, Minneapolis MN
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
sam harshner
You're sitting there watching some great old movie on Turner Classics, when a familiar face stops you -- who IS that sweet old woman? and you realize that it's Auntie Em from "The Wizard of Oz." You gradually remember her name -- Clara Blandick -- and then you wonder whatever happened to her. So you pick up THE HOLLYWOOD BOOK OF DEATH, and it makes you sad to read that Auntie Em killed herself because she was in so much pain from arthritis.
But then you start flipping the pages, and you just can't stop reading. You find many of your old favorites, including stars who died accidentally or were murdered, or died from booze or drugs.
You start reading the group of "Puzzling Deaths," and when you look up several hours later, you realize that you forgot to watch that movie you really wanted to see.
How many books can do that to you?
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kathy smith
As every James Robert Parish book on Hollywood history, The Hollywood Book of Death is highly informative and fun to read. The book discusses numerous Hollywood celebrities who have died -- sometimes mysteriously, sometimes scandalously -- without resorting to sensationalism. That in itself is a feat in the ever more sensational literary world. Parish's writing is concise, incisive, and always entertaining. More than a book about death, Parish's latest is a book about the lives of Hollywood celebrities, mixing important career information with the relevant aspects of the stars' and directors' private lives. A solid, good read for anyone interested in the history of American motion pictures.
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janis
I wanted to know more and now I do. I find myself quoting parts of this book to my friends and family. Like " Did you know that so and so or he/she died...." I don't know if they think I am interesting but at least I now have more to talk about. I have read several Parish Hollywood books and they tend to repeat the same subject matter and deal with some stars I've never heard of but all in all it's an enjoyable and easy read.
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ethel c
There's something bizarre about wanting to know more about the famous. This book tells the most macabre of all - how more than 100 famous people died and categorizes them by their 'type' of death.

The book also gives bits about these famous people's lives both professional and private.

Death - the one great mystery we can't solve until we've actually been there. It's comforting to know we won't be the only ones experiencing it.
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seana yates
This book gives you a quick summary of how star died. It is not a detailed book about a celebrity, more a page or more about them and their death.
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blake boldt
I frequently stopped and researched further about some intriguing stars. There were many stars I had never heard of before, which was interesting.
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jennifer lea
This is an excellent reference book, but most of this info can be found online. All of this is google-able info, but to have it condensed in book form is convenient. New information about Hollywood death still surfaces.
If you want to read the truth about the most tragic, most mourned Hollywood death of the twentieth century, read "Goodbye Natalie Goodbye Splendour" by Marti Rulli and Dennis Davern. It picks up where all others left off, especially this book. Otherwise, nice array of death in this one. In Goodbye Natalie, you will feel like you took that boating weekend that killed Natalie with the foursome aboard, Christopher Walken, Robert Wagner, Natalie Wood, and their captain Dennis Davern. It's beyond revealing.
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buliga
I read this book and was stunned by the tragic deaths. We lost a lot of talent and we will never forget them
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sankalp
My list of the 5 best books on Hollywood and Stars scandals. After an extensive research and readings, I have compiled a list of the best books on Hollywood and stars scandals.
The best in this rank order:

Number 1: Hollywood Earth Shattering Scandals: The Infamous, Villains, Nymphomaniacs and Shady Characters in Motion Pictures. It is the newest, largest and the most explosive. Lots of new stories and scandals we did not hear about or read in other books. The galleries of photos are impressive. Author, Maximillien de Lafayette. Definitely this is the very best. Rating: 5 stars

Number 2: Hollywood Babylon. Simply because it was the first, the pioneering work that opens the Pandora Box. Author, Kenneth Anger. This book is still interesting. Rating: 5 stars

Number 3: The Hollywood Book of Scandals. Some new stuff, but lots of rehashes. Rating: 3 stars.

Number 4: Sex lives of Hollywood Goddesses. Very very interesting, but little. However, juicy. Author: Nigel Cawthorne. Rating: 3 stars.

Number 5: Dishing Hollywood. Not much stuff but engaging. Author: Laurie Jacobson. Rating: 3 stars.
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susan lipman
What an excellent book!.So many things I didn't know, like for example, Frank Sutton, who played Sargent Carter in Gomer Pyle USMC had died. The story of Bobby Driscoll I found rather tragic and sad as well. I hope he still isn't in that paupers grave in NY, he deserves much better. Overall, a truly facinating book. Well Done.
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jeremy clifton
It was a interesting read. I can't believe half of those old stars committed suicide. Whaddup with that??
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joe whiting
I found this book to be written in a very basic, generic writing
style. Much better books have been written on this subject in a
much more interesting way. No new information here I have'nt read elsewhere. This book should have been titled "Hollywood
Book of Death For Dummies" or something. I highly recommend this
book for the Hollywood graveyard beginner. Enjoy.
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jenine
Some 115 celebrities are covered in this very readable and highly
interesting book which details their demise. Deaths from
accidents, natural causes, suicide, puzzling ends and dying
forgotten are some of the subjects included. Of special
interest to both entertainment reseachers and genealogists is
the necrology of over 6,000 notables, plus a cemetery guide.
As usual, a very competent and useful work from James Robert Parish, for both individuals and libraries.
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marcell
While my expertise is silent film, anyone can look through the various reviews here on the store and find several inaccuracies about several stars...from what roles they did to how they died to where their buried!!! Considering thats the point of this book it doesnt seem worth the money.

To add my own known inaccuracy in the Valentino chapter June Mathis is mentioned as dying in a fire. WHERE the author got this I have no clue...she may not be heavily remembered but every and any simple source out there on here says she died of a heart attack while watching a Broadway play. Did he just start making stuff up instead of googling? Waste of time...
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mendel
Americans have long been fascinated with the movies and their
idols of the screen. James Robert Parish's the HOLLYWOOD BOOK OF
DEATH explores the passing of 125 motion picture and tv stars. The book provides photographs, biographical sketches and cause of
death in an intelligent and readable style.
There are also birthdates and deathdates of 6000 actors and directors and an alphabetical listing of who is buried where.
This is well researched, interesting and entertaining, but then
we've come to expect this from Mr. Parish. I enjoyed it !
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zhiqing
ok
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anne girl
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kenrick
I THOROUGHLY ENJOYED THIS BOOK. IT IS A FASCINATING LOOK AT HOLLYWOOD OLD AND NEW. IT PROVIDES A LOOK AT MANY WHO DIED BEFORE THEIR TIMES. EVEN PEOPLE I WAS ONLY BARELY FAMILIAR WITH MADE FOR INTERESTING READING. IT SEEMS TO BE VERY WELL RESEARCHED. I ESPECIALLY LIKED THE SECTION WHICH LISTS MANY CEMETARIES AND THOSE WHO ARE BURIED THERE. IT IS WELL ILLUSTRATED AND COMPLETELY READABLE.
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tim odzer
I have been reading and collecting books on Hollywood written by James Robert Parish for years and I have never been disappointed.I have the first edition (1993) of this book "The Hollywood Celebrity Death Book" and if it is now selling for $150.00 a copy I say grab a copy of this new book now, and hold on to it! You will have a winner.
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barbara mulvey welsh
Full of intriguing facts regarding the inevitable finale to anyone's fame. A worthwhile mix of tinsel and the tomb!
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morgan prince
interesting
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sarah sofiana
Very interesting
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ethan cramer flood
This had all the bizarre,and perverse stories I have read in a long time. I have read accounts of some of these deaths but they weren't quite as sordid as these.
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tessa campbell
I like this book, but felt it left out so many interesting cases.

Most of the entries were not sordid or bizarre as the cover states but simply sad.
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hectaizani
very good
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