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.
The Truth About Mary Astor’s DiaryThe salaciousness of the starlet’s writing was exaggerated, and the resulting scandal arguably helped her career.
Howard Hughes’ Obsession With Gina Lollobrigida Delayed Her Hollywood CareerThe mogul kept her a virtual prisoner in a Los Angeles hotel.
Cinematographer 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.
The 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.
Did 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.
Actress, Opera Star, CongresswomanHelen Gahagan Douglas fought for liberty—and watched Richard Nixon end her political career.
“Have You Ever Been a Member of the Communist Party?”The price the Hollywood Ten paid for refusing to answer “the $64 question.”
How Elizabeth Taylor Won Her OscarTragedy, triumph, tramphood, and a tracheotomy, in 30 eventful months.
The Movie Star, the Gangster Boyfriend, and the Daughter With a KnifeLana Turner and the movies that turned her personal tragedies into box office gold.
The BombshellJean Harlow was 1930s Hollywood’s reigning sex symbol—and greatest screwball actress. Why did she die at 26?
The Lover and the Object of His AffectionThe truth and the fiction behind John Gilbert and Greta Garbo’s romance.
Re-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?
Yvonne 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.
Ann Dvorak Accused Howard Hughes of Selling Her “Down the River”Hughes, a master of publicity at the time, then damaged her career.
Did 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.
Charlie Chaplin, the “Peace-Monger”While Hollywood faced the blacklist, Chaplin made a film that did him no favors in the public eye.
Dorothy Parker Goes to HollywoodThe celebrated wit made her mark on the movie business—and found herself touched by the blacklist.
The Communist Hunters Come to HollywoodHow the search for Soviet sympathizers in the film industry began.
Spence and KathThe remarkable professional and personal partnership of Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn.
Judy and MickeyThe long, fruitful, and tortured relationships between Judy Garland, Mickey Rooney, and MGM.