May 5th, 2012

agent

Hollywood Babylon

Much as I remembered it. Sordid stories, dubious (ok, untrue) details, glamour photos of dead bodies (from Marie Prevost's slightly nibbled corpse, to Jayne Mansfield's dog). All related breathlessly in a style ranging from snappy to obnoxious. As much stuff as is made up, there is also always the stuff that you just couldn't make up, like the latter days of silent film star Corinne Griffith:
In 1966, within a few days, she married and divorced her fourth husband, Broadway actor Danny Scholl (Call Me Mister). Scholl was 45, more than 25 years Griffith's junior. In court she testified that she was not Corinne Griffith. She claimed that she was the actresses' [sic] younger (by twenty years) sister who had taken her place upon the famous sister's death.