Seduction: sex, lies, and stardom in Howard Hughes's Hollywood

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In this riveting popular history, the creator of You Must Remember This probes the inner workings of Hollywoods glamorous golden age through the stories of some of the dozens of actresses pursued by Howard Hughes, to reveal how the millionaire moguls obsessions with sex, power and publicity trapped, abused, or benefitted women who dreamt of screen stardom. In recent months, the media has reported on scores of entertainment figures who used their power and money in Hollywood to sexually harass and coerce some of the most talented women in cinema and television. But as Karina Longworth reminds us, long before the Harvey Weinsteins there was Howard Hughesthe Texas millionaire, pilot, and filmmaker whose reputation as a cinematic provocateur was matched only by that as a prolific womanizer. His supposed conquests between his first divorce in the late 1920s and his marriage to actress Jean Peters in 1957 included many of Hollywoods most famous actresses, among them Billie Dove, Katharine Hepburn, Ava Gardner, and Lana Turner. From promoting bombshells like Jean Harlow and Jane Russell to his contentious battles with the censors, Hughesperhaps more than any other filmmaker of his eracommoditized male desire as he objectified and sexualized women. Yet there were also numerous women pulled into Hughess grasp who never made it to the screen, sometimes virtually imprisoned by an increasingly paranoid and disturbed Hughes, who retained multitudes of private investigators, security personnel, and informers to make certain these actresses would not escape his clutches. Vivid, perceptive, timely, and ridiculously entertaining, Seduction is a landmark work that examines women, sex, and male power in Hollywood during its golden agea legacy that endures nearly a century later.
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subject_facetHollywood (Los Angeles, Calif.) -- History
Hughes, Howard, -- 1905-1976 -- Relations with women
Motion picture actors and actresses -- United States -- Biography
Motion picture industry -- California -- Los Angeles -- History -- 20th century
Motion picture producers and directors -- United States -- Biography
title_displaySeduction : sex, lies, and stardom in Howard Hughes's Hollywood
title_fullSeduction : sex, lies, and stardom in Howard Hughes's Hollywood / Karina Longworth
Seduction Sex, Lies, and Stardom in Howard Hughes's Hollywood
title_shortSeduction
title_subsex, lies, and stardom in Howard Hughes's Hollywood
topic_facetBiography & Autobiography
History
Hughes, Howard
Motion picture actors and actresses
Motion picture industry
Motion picture producers and directors
Nonfiction
Performing Arts
Relations with women