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The Hollywood Book of Death: The Bizarre, Often Sordid, Passings of More than 125 American Movie and TV Idols: The Bizarre, Often Sordid, Passings of Over 125 American Movie and TV Idols [Paperback]

James Robert Parish
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1 Nov 2001

Discover the tantalizing details of Hollywood's famous and infamous fatalities

The death of a celebrity is often as fascinating as--and sometimes more fascinating than--a star's actual life. From the grisly end of Sharon Tate at the hands of the Manson family and the mysterious demise of Bob Crane to the peaceful passings of Lucille Ball and George Burns, The Hollywood Book of Death is a captivating and appealingly packaged volume of more than 125 television and movie stars' final curtain calls.

Arranged by manner of death, these well-researched accounts include details of celebrities' colorful lives and unusual deaths, their funerals, and the intriguing aftermath. With more than 100 rare photographs and a special "necrology" index of more than 6,000 stars and directors, along with a section revealing where Hollywood personalities are resting in eternal sleep, this enthralling reference promises to be on every film and television buff's "Top 10" gift list.


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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Contemporary; 3rd Revised edition edition (1 Nov 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0809222272
  • ISBN-13: 978-0809222278
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 18.6 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 73,546 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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James Robert Parish, a former entertainment reporter and publicist, is the author of more than 90 books. A well-known authority on show business, he appears frequently as an expert on A&E's "Biography" and E! Television's "Mysteries and Scandals," as well as numerous other network and cable television documentaries.


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47 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Riveting Read 3 April 2002
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Biographies are my idea of a good read and especially any thing to do with Hollywood -having visited various Forest Lawn and other places to remember dead stars in LA I thought this would be a great book and give me the resting places to visit of my heros for future visits. I was not disappointed - 3 people in the house now reading the book and fighting over it -very interesting facts including the 'stars' real names, their lifestyles and their resting places -along with the true details of their demises -I would say anyone and everyone will find something in this book to their taste and requirements -highly recommended
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Addictive reading!!!!! 28 Jan 2002
By A Customer
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From first impressions of this book - you may think MORBID but you would be wrong! Its abook about hollywood old & new - About stars that did live normal & die normal but stars (or forgotten) who er.... went differently of this planet!
Its great light reading! Honest!
james robert parish didnt make this cheap publishing - he talks about their careers with thought, he doesnt just go for the nitty gritty.
This is agreat book! Try it - you will like it!!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars hollywood glamourous? 21 Aug 2006
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I am an avid fan of the glamour of old hollywood, this book offered a sad insight to the minds and lives of some of the stars (and faded stars) of hollywood. Taking the time to offer a breif history of the people written about it looked positively at there acheivements and honored there talents.

A fantasticly sad, decadent book.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not just death- but life 20 Oct 2004
Format:Paperback
Although the book may seem morbid and unneccessary, it is actually a helpful and celebratory guide to who was who in the entertainment business. The title suggests the book will only be about death, but each person in it has quite an extensive biography about themselves before their deaths are mentioned. The majority of it is fascinating reading, although some celebrities are purely american- therefore other readers might get a bit confused as I did. Otherwise, it is a must for people interested in the entertainment world or even people who just want to know what became of their favourite stars. Some details are gruesome and far fetched (did we really need to know about James Dean's nearly severed head?) and, I felt, photos of Elvis Presley in his coffin were quite intrusive. But, you get what you pay for I suppose!
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Goulish but fun! 30 Nov 2004
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If, like me, you skipped the Grayline Tour of the Stars Homes In LA in favour of the Graveline Tour (which goes to where clebs died, killed 'emselves, were murdered etc etc)...then ya gonna love this book!

When I got it I just couldnt put it down till I absorbed and memorised every last detail to entertain my friends at the lavish dinner parties I throw (you must come!).

There are few names that meant nothing to me, but on the whole it really is fun and makes a great pressie for anyone interested in hollywood and celebrity.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Read! 12 July 2007
By tomkat
Format:Paperback
This might sound like a morbid read but it is written in a very light hearted and sensitive way.(ive just lent it to my mum so its not as grisly as it sounds)
The book does not only just concentrate on the Hollywood stars deaths, it also gives a brief insight into the lives and careers of the celebs before they passed away.
It covers everything from murders,drug overdoses and suicides to the peaceful passings of our favourite Hollywood stars from years gone by up until modern times.
If you love everything Hollywood you will love this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the hollywood book of death 19 July 2007
By Abbey
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I GOT THIS BOOK AS I LOVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH OLD HOLLYWOOD.
THIS BOOK IS AMAZING TO READ AS IT TELLS YOU EVEYTHING YOU ALWAYS WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT ALL THE STARS OLD AND NEW. EVEN IF YOUR NOT A BIG READER( IF YOU WATCH NO TV LIKE ME) THIS IS A GREAT BOOK TO BUY AS ITS ALL LITTLE SHORT STORYS AND GREAT PICTURES(AS I ALWAYS THINK THE OLD MOVIE STARS WERE THE MOST BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE)FAB READ A MUST HAVE :o)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars hidden hollywood 22 Mar 2013
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This book is everything intriguing about Hollywood & captivating at the same time. I have read many books about Hollywood & have always found them full of unknown facts & this book really delivers . I really recommend it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars It had some interesting facts and stories but overall it was rather...
I wasn't too keen on this book. It had some interesting facts and stories but overall it was rather dull.
Published 1 month ago by Pam Pike
2.0 out of 5 stars NOT FOR ME
Repetative and containing a load of totally irrelevant stuff.
Published 1 month ago by Jeff Davies
5.0 out of 5 stars A good read
Not everyone understands the fascination regarding deaths of celebrities, but for those that do, this book is worth reading. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Sally roberts
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
hard reading
Published 3 months ago by rainbow rika storm
5.0 out of 5 stars Spookily interesting
Lovely quality book, enjoyable reading making light reading enjoyable. Lovely book for those nosy about who died where and when in Hollywood, !!!! Read more
Published 7 months ago by Nikki
4.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting
I really enjoyed this book when you read some of the stories it makes you look for more information on the names
Published 9 months ago by wobbledc
3.0 out of 5 stars It was OK
Liked the fact it had photos, cause sometimes you know the face but not the name. Thought it was a longer book but the final part of the book was just a long list of births and... Read more
Published 14 months ago by The Peasun
2.0 out of 5 stars The Hollywood Book of Death : By James Parish
Bit Boring and couldn't be bothered to read fully .Was I'm pleased to say very cheaply priced.!!!. Time it left the shelf.
Published 15 months ago by G.CROSTON
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Book
Beautiful book. Most of the biogs have a picture. The book gives a good history of life and career before the explanations of their deaths in a compact and very readable manner. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Booboo
3.0 out of 5 stars Lightweight
A few exposes that are new but generally reruns of the film magazine stories from the time a lightweight read
Published 16 months ago by Barry
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