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The Racist Rewriting of the Life and Death of Lupe Vélez

She was a brilliant comedian ahead of her time, but racist, fabricated rumors turned her suicide into a punchline.

Dec. 11 2018 9:00 AMThe Truth About Mary Astor’s DiaryThe salaciousness of the starlet’s writing was exaggerated, and the resulting scandal arguably helped her career.
Nov. 20 2018 7:30 AMHoward Hughes’ Obsession With Gina Lollobrigida Delayed Her Hollywood CareerThe mogul kept her a virtual prisoner in a Los Angeles hotel.
Nov. 6 2018 7:30 AMCinematographer Pev Marley Tried to Sell His Wife, Actress Linda Darnell, to Howard HughesThe resulting mess was far from the worst tragedy in Darnell’s life.
Oct. 23 2018 7:00 AMThe Bacchanal of 1920s HollywoodThe story of Frederica Sagor Maas reveals how tough it was for a woman to hold onto power in the early days of the film industry.
June 23 2016 10:28 AMDid Kirk Douglas Really Break the Blacklist?The star of Spartacus claims he was responsible for the end of that terrible era. The evidence suggests otherwise.
April 14 2016 7:00 AMActress, Opera Star, CongresswomanHelen Gahagan Douglas fought for liberty—and watched Richard Nixon end her political career.
March 4 2016 1:26 PMBogie and the BlacklistHumphrey Bogart’s very bad trip to Washington, D.C. in 1947.
Feb. 10 2016 9:00 AM“Have You Ever Been a Member of the Communist Party?”The price the Hollywood Ten paid for refusing to answer “the $64 question.”
Dec. 18 2015 8:23 AMHow Elizabeth Taylor Won Her OscarTragedy, triumph, tramphood, and a tracheotomy, in 30 eventful months.
Dec. 4 2015 8:06 PMThe Movie Star, the Gangster Boyfriend, and the Daughter With a KnifeLana Turner and the movies that turned her personal tragedies into box office gold.
Nov. 20 2015 9:54 AMHow David O. Selznick Made the Biggest Movie in the WorldAfter MGM turned it down.
Nov. 6 2015 2:32 PMThe FixerMGM’s Eddie Mannix and the lives he ruined.
Oct. 23 2015 11:17 AMThe BombshellJean Harlow was 1930s Hollywood’s reigning sex symbol—and greatest screwball actress. Why did she die at 26?
Oct. 9 2015 2:58 PMThe Lover and the Object of His AffectionThe truth and the fiction behind John Gilbert and Greta Garbo’s romance.
Sept. 24 2015 12:58 PMThe Mistress, the Magnate, and the GeniusWas actress Marion Davies really as untalented as Citizen Kane made her out to be?
Dec. 4 2018 8:30 AMRe-examining Mae West’s War With the CensorsHer conflicts with the Catholic Church and other groups were an obstacle, but was a censorship conspiracy the cause of her decline?
Nov. 13 2018 9:00 AMYvonne De Carlo Was Already a Star When She Met Howard HughesThe future Lily Munster’s career didn’t depend on a relationship with a rich man.
Oct. 30 2018 8:00 AMAnn Dvorak Accused Howard Hughes of Selling Her “Down the River”Hughes, a master of publicity at the time, then damaged her career.
March 10 2017 12:15 PMDid Bette and Joan Really Have a Feud?The purported drama on the set of What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?—now the subject of an FX series—was part real-life rivalry, part publicity stunt.
May 27 2016 7:04 AM“I’m Glad What I Done!”Elia Kazan, On the Waterfront, and the blacklist.
March 30 2016 11:33 AMCharlie Chaplin, the “Peace-Monger”While Hollywood faced the blacklist, Chaplin made a film that did him no favors in the public eye.
Feb. 26 2016 12:36 PMDorothy Parker Goes to HollywoodThe celebrated wit made her mark on the movie business—and found herself touched by the blacklist.
Feb. 5 2016 12:12 PMThe Communist Hunters Come to HollywoodHow the search for Soviet sympathizers in the film industry began.
Dec. 11 2015 9:30 AMThe Femme FataleGloria Grahame’s not-so-wonderful life.
Nov. 27 2015 11:36 AMPortrait of JennieThe terrible doomed romance of David O. Selznick and Jennifer Jones.
Nov. 13 2015 4:44 PMSpence and KathThe remarkable professional and personal partnership of Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn.
Oct. 30 2015 4:09 PMJudy and MickeyThe long, fruitful, and tortured relationships between Judy Garland, Mickey Rooney, and MGM.
Oct. 16 2015 3:26 PMHollywood’s First Gay MarriageDid William Haines really choose his husband over stardom at MGM?
Sept. 29 2015 2:48 PMThe Biggest Mistake Buster Keaton Ever MadeThe year the indie film star signed with a studio.
Sept. 18 2015 8:26 AMThe Boy Genius and the “Jewish Hitler”Irving Thalberg and Louis B. Mayer, the tumultuous pair at the center of MGM’s box-office supremacy.