I have read this book with relish, and enjoyed it very much. It wasn't interesting enough to read straight through, but grabbing out a chapter or person here and there was great. For, as history has proved time and time again, if "it" isn't talked about, then "it" gets socially and even more important psychically cordoned off as "the forbidden" and, consequently, "the unspeakable. The story stops in and a new chapter or book could be written as the studios have crumbled and power lies with agents and "packagers. Seizure Led to FloJo's Death. Mann doesn't play that game. Forgotten today, indeed, unknown, Lilyan Tashman was a comet in the early 30s, though women were advised not to go into the powder room with Lil.
For, as history has proved time and time again, if "it" isn't talked about, then "it" gets socially and even more important psychically cordoned off as "the forbidden" and, consequently, "the unspeakable.
Mann doesn't play that game. Seems like gays are given these gifts to make up for the fact that they will, in all likelihood be reviled for the sexuality which is no fault of their own. The sticking point is precisely how that role was played, given the paradox of the culture's stated disapproval of gays and lesbians, and the haven that places like Hollywood provided for sexual nonconformists. I don't think this is either a spoiler or an outing, but when Mann released this book in he mentioned on page his failure to secure an interview with a major unnamed star of the s who at that time of the writing of this book was still alive and still in the closet. It is greatly recommended to anyone interested in the movies and how people with great taste and style, something so lacking today, influenced an entire period of our culture.