Hollywood Essays - Alicia Mayer

Hollywood Essays

By Alicia Mayer

  • Release Date: 2014-03-20
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
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Hollywood Essays Alicia Mayer Book Review Score: ★★★★★ 5/5 stars

Alicia Mayer, the grand-niece of legendary MGM film mogul Louis B. Mayer, shares her family's amazing photos and stories of the filmmakers and stars her family worked with during Hollywood's Golden Era. With a foreword by the famed film historian and critic Leonard Maltin, this book is a collection of Alicia Mayer's most popular essays with readers of her popular blog HollywoodEssays.com from over 85 countries. This book includes sensational photos, many that had not been seen for 70+ years, and links to classic Hollywood films and other material. Includes: Judy Garland, George Burns, Shirley Temple, Marian West, Mae West, Mary Pickford, Ted Healy, W.S. Van Dyke, Sid Grauman, Jean Harlow, Charles Bickford and Chic Sale. Alicia Mayer also writes poignantly about the Mayer family of Hollywood - their joys and tragedies - especially her glamorous grandmother, Photoplay columnist Mitzi Cummings and her great-grandmother, Louis B. Mayer's closest sister, Ida Mayer Cummings. 

What famous author's say about Alicia's essays -

Best-selling Hollywood biographer, film historian and critic Scott Eyman (Louis B. Mayer: Lion of Hollywood):

“The only thing wrong with your blog is that there isn’t enough of it. Write more, Alicia, write more!”

Award-winning author, playwright and screenwriter Rex Pickett (Sideways, Vertical):

“...Alicia Mayer, whose great-uncle just happens to be the famous Louis B. Mayer of MGM fame, rummages through an inherited treasure trove of family photos and, in an eloquent, but simple, writing style imparts a personal perspective on this past..."

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User reviews about this book

  • Enjoyable look at classic Hollywood

    By Arnie Bernstein
    Mayer delivers some wonderful behind the scenes glimpses of old Hollywood. The prose is engaging; you feel like you’re sitting down with someone telling you a good story. And Mayer knows what she’s talking about. As a grandniece of the legendary Louis Mayer, she has an insider’s understanding of what happens behind the mythology. The rare family photos are fun as well! Movie fans should download this one—and prepare to be entertained.

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