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on 7 September 2012
At last, a detailed, well researched biography of one of the most underrated and misrepresented Hollywood actresses of the 1930s and 40s.
Michelle Vogel draws on a wide variety of sources, including contemporary newspaper and magazine articles, and interviews with Lupe Velez, as well as reminiscences from many of the people she worked with, to provide a very comprehensive and unsensationalist account of Lupe's fascinatingly complicated life.
The book also, through a properly investigated chapter on Lupe's final, fateful evening, finally dispels the ridiculous, decades-old rumour, that Lupe died with her head down the toilet. In fact, the author thankfully restores to Lupe, a great deal of the dignity which previously many lazy writers and gossip mongers have sought to destroy.
There are dozens of photographs illustrating the biography; a lot of them candid shots of Lupe with various lovers and co stars, as well as pictures of Lupe's family, many of which I've never seen before.
At the end of the biography, there is a 50 page guide to Lupe's film, radio and stage career; easily by far the most detailed guide to her professional appearances ever compiled.
I found this a thoroughly entertaining and informative read, and I can readily recommend it both to Lupe's fans, and general film buffs alike........ and perhaps Kenneth Anger should give it a read as well.
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