PEOPLE WILL TALK CONVERSATIONS -JOHN KOBAL
PEOPLE WILL TALK CONVERSATIONS -JOHN KOBAL
BY: JOHN KOBAL
One learns that the first real Hollywood legend he met and was hooked by was Marlene Dietrich, in the introduction, whereby she whisked him off to her hotel suite after a performance and dinner party upon learning that he had nowhere to stay for the night.
"Marlene Dietrich put me to bed on the couch in the living room, covered me with blankets, and I fell asleep with baskets of flowers at my head and more at my feet, so that I must have looked like a corpse laid out in state."
Kobal writes in a very easy to read prose while relating his experiences with these Hollywood personalities, and they come alive across the pages one reads. The interviews intersect, as people recall similar events which may or may not contradict each other. It's a remarkable presentation of how facts are so often twisted in Hollywood and people attempt to take credit for more things than they deserve. Powerful studio heads of MGM, Paramount etc appear frequently, and directors such as Lubistch, Cukor and Von Sternberg. Kobal also includes valuable interviews with Hollywood photographers, George Hurrell and John Engstead.
It is interesting to note that while Dietrich was not one of Kobal's interviewees, she makes many appearances throughout the entire book through subjects' recollections of Hollywood (the interviews were carried out in a period across the 1960s through the 1970s), showing how prominently she featured and influenced pop culture. Bette Davis (whose interview was not included) and Joan Crawford appear rather freqently too. There are also varied references to Garbo, along with Dietrich. One can personally deduce who were the most influential stars of the past era by these references.
A recommended read for any Old Hollywood fan's bookshelf. "
PEOPLE WILL TALK-CONVERSATIONS BY: JOHN KOBAL
- A thank you from BooksCardsNBikes
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