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Children of Hollywood: Accounts of Growing Up as the Sons and Daughters of Stars Paperback – 31 Jul 2005

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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
A must read book for all fans of classic Hollywood. 10 July 2005
By Tony - Published on
Format: Paperback
Below is a list of the people covered in this book. Many A-list stars are talked about by their children and grandchildren. It's a real eye opener and a book not to be missed by all lovers of classic Hollywood. The photographs are taken from the personal albums of the children mentioned below. A candid look at Hollywood in its heyday. Great book!!

Acknowledgments      vii

Preface      1

Introduction      5

1. Arthur Marx  - son of Groucho    23

2. Billy, Alex, Jimmy and Minnie Marx - children of Harpo      37

3. Maxine Marx - daughter of Chico      44

4. Joan Benny  - daughter of Jack Benny    50

5. Gary Lewis   - son of Jerry Lewis   60

6. Damon Lanza   - son of Mario Lanza   65

7. Romina Power   - daughter of Tyrone Power  71

8. Janet Cantor Gari and Brian Gari   - daughter and grandson of Eddie Cantor   78

9. Peter Ford  - son of Glenn Ford    88

10. Sir Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. - son of Doug Sr.     99

11. Harry Langdon, Jr.   - son of Harry Langdon   108

12. Leatrice Gilbert Fountain  - daughter of John Gilbert and Leatrice Joy     115

13. Chris Costello and Vickie Abbott Wheeler  - daughters of Abbott and Costello   

14. Ron Fields - grandson of W.C. Fields     148

15. Gary Crosby  - son of Bing Crosby    157

16. Sara Karloff    - daughter of Boris Karloff  172

17. Suzanne Lloyd  - granddaughter of Harold Lloyd    178

18. Eric Lamond  - grandson of Larry Fine of The Three Stooges    185

19. John Longenecker   - son of Ruth Hussey  194

Motherhood Missed      206

Bibliography      213

Index      215
28 of 33 people found the following review helpful
Great Book on Golden Age Stars and Kids! 17 May 2005
By KDMask - Published on
Format: Paperback
Great read. Read it all at once, or dip into it now and again. Ms Vogel gets inside "Old Hollywood" for a look at the children of stars that were involved in the Hollywood contract system. Photo shoots and "pretending" to be the perfect family was the norm back then. Quite different than today's stars who try to sheild their children from the spotlight. Hollywood and movie studios were more than happy to use the actor's family as almost a "prop" at times. I've read quite a few books in this subject but this one was very different in the subject studies. Good book to take to the beach when you just want a quick read on a chapter or two!
17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
A great read! 4 July 2005
By NY Reader - Published on
Format: Paperback
I picked up this book thinking it'd be an interesting read but I

underestimated how much I'd enjoy it. Each chapter is its own individual story so you can start anywhere and read it from back to front or from the middle to the beginning. Perfect to read on the beach or on a train, etc. The stories are all accounts of what it was like to grow up as the son or daughter of some of the biggest names in Hollywood. We all know the "Mommie Dearest" story and this is an entire book of tales from behind Hollywood's sometimes secretive doors, all told by the children of the stars. The book has many candid shots of the children with their famous parents, and a photo of the child as an adult, all grown up. The photos come directly from the family albums of the celebrity children. I particularly enjoyed the chapters featuring The Marx Brothers, The Three Stooges, Boris Karloff and Abbott and Costello.

A great read!
17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Disappointing and Overpriced 1 Jun. 2005
By Goldy - Published on
Format: Paperback
Each chapter of Michelle Vogel's book deals with a different child of a Hollywood star, including such stars as Mario Lanza, Bing Crosby, Tyrone Power, Jack Benny, Groucho Marx, and others. Potentially, this book could have provided rare insights into the lives of actors of the golden era of Hollywood through the eyes of their children. In reality, though, much of the material is not new, and, thus, not rare. Some of the chapters do have new information, but much of it has simply been lifted from previously-published books. The information isn't just a quote here or there, as is to be expected in any book, but it is entire chunks taken directly from other books. Further, the author gives very scant, rather superficial commentary of her own to supplement the text written by children of Hollywood legends. She didn't really dig deep to come up with something new and insightful. When I purchased the book, I was expecting to find entirely original material. Reprinting verbatim, in some instances, from other sources came as a real surprise.

The other aspect of the book that I found particularly poor was the quality of the photos. While the photos themselves were ones that I hadn't seen before, the resolution was extremely poor. For a paperback book that costs about $30.00, you would think that the publisher would do a better job of providing high-resolution, crisp photos, rather than low-resolution, grainy photos. Of course, this isn't a reflection of the author's work, but it is an important consideration when deciding whether the book is worth the purchase.

It was a book that I was looking forward to, but it fell far short of meeting my expectations.
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Right from the mouths of the children of the stars 13 Aug. 2005
By Joseph - Published on
Format: Paperback
So many children of Hollywood stars have written books on their parents over the years but "Children of Hollywood" is a melting pot of some of the best A-list actors that Hollywood has ever produced and their kids and grandkids dish the dirt on how they were away from the caregivers.

Each chapter is an individual story so you can read the book from start to finish or middle to end and then back to the beginning. The photos are mostly candids from the albums of the kids telling the stories.

Author, Vogel has the ability to get the personal stories told whilst still giving the reader an overall view of the life and career of the celebrity in question. The chapter on Larry Fine of The Three Stooges is hilarious! Many comedians are covered throughout, from The Marx Bros., to Jack Benny and Jerry Lewis.

A worthwhile read! Very enjoyable with lots of insight into the private world of these classic actors of yesteryear.
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