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Hollywood Trivia: Over 300 Curious Lists from Tinseltown Paperback – 4 Feb 2008

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Prion Books Ltd (4 Feb. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1853756423
  • ISBN-13: 978-1853756429
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 2.3 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,287,729 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Without doubt, this is the best trivia book on the market. A collection of over 300 lists, everything you could possibly ask about Hollywood stars is here: inauspicious screen debuts, stars' old jobs, how they were discovered, those who've had a spell inside, the worst films of all times, scathing reviews of what are now considered classics, sex scandals, mistakes in films, weird demands in contracts, the most sadistic directors, and what stars' fans have got up to - it's all here... Whilst dishing the dirt - in spades - and spotting all those little gaffes that audiences usually let the film get away with, Hollywood Trivia is essential and fascinating reading. This book cannot be recommended enough." - Film Review"

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Aubrey Malone is a full-time writer and journalist and the author of many humorous titles including The Cynic's Dictionary, Funny Peculiar, Literary Trivia, The Rise and Fall and Rise of Elvis and The Guinness Book of Humorous Irish Anecdotes. He lives in Dublin.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By KOB on 20 Jan. 2010
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This stocking filler got a rave review from a cinema-lover. And we all had fun dipping in and out of it during the holidays.
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Over-priced Collection of Tinsel Town Lists! 16 May 2009
By Michael OConnor - Published on Amazon.com
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At first glance, HOLLYWOOD TRIVIA would seem to be a trivia buff's dream come true. It brings together 300+ lists on any and all asepcts of Hollywood life. Published in 2004, it is a revised edition of a 1999 English release entitled I WAS A FUGITIVE FROM A HOLLYWOOD TRIVIA FACTORY: A BOOK OF HOLLYWOOD LISTS. Thank God someone changed that title!

The material found in the book's 314 pages is kinda/sorta arranged A to Z by Subject. I say that because the B section, for example, includes Warren Beatty, Biopics, Dates of Birth, Birthplaces, Bizarre Facts, Blacking Up, Body Doubles, James Bond and Boxers. The G section contains Blunders, Galimony, Sam Goldwyn and Gone With the Wind. I guess there's a logic there.

I don't claim to be a Hollywood trivia expert but I did come across some goofs that make me wonder how accurate the lists are. For example: Bogart got his lip scar in WWI not WWII; Cary Grant's given name was Archie Leach not Leech; Robert Mitchum was not a spy behind German lines in WWII; Marlene Dietrich wasn't married to John Gilbert; James Arness did not go from the Small Screen to the Big Screen; Butterfly McQueen didn't win an Oscar for GWTW; Judy Garland didn't audition for the TV version of the 'Our Gang' series; and so on.

I might have given the book three stars had the price tag been less. $15.95 is just too steep for a collection of lists.

HOLLYWOOD TRIVIA will probably be an automatic purchase for trivia buffs. And movie fans will undoubtedly enjoy it. To my mind, it's an optional purchase.
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