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"Hedda Hopper's Hollywood is a well researched and written account of Hopper's career...Frost's book reminds us that while technology has advanced, the deep fissures of American politics and culture from the post war era remain with us, undermining efforts to promote toleration, dialogue, and respect for diverse opinions."

—History News Network

"A satisfying entree into the world of classical Hollywood gossip."

—The Journal of American History

"The author has deftly interwoven the skeins of Tinseltown with U.S. conservatism in a well-researched study filled with apt quotations."

—R. Muccigrosso, Choice

"Valuable to scholars interested in studio-era Hollywood gossip writing about which few scholarly books have been written."

—Stephen Siff, Journalism History

"Every once in a while you read a book that is pure joy, and Jennifer Frost’s Hedda Hopper’s Hollywood hits all the right notes. It’s got movie stars, it’s got intrigue, and it’s got humor, it’s got a light but effective theoretical frame...[A] wonderful book."

—Claire Potter, Professor of History, The New School for Public Engagement

“A major contribution to our understanding the political importance of gossip. During the 20th century, few gossip columnists had more influence in shaping the ways in which millions of Americans thought about film and politics than this sharp-tongued conservative loyalist. Jennifer Frost reveals the role Hopper played in furthering the power of the Hollywood Right and undercutting that of the emerging Hollywood Left. She offers us an important glimpse into the the power of gossip to influence popular thinking about race, class, gender, and politics in America.”

—Steven J. Ross, author of Hollywood Left and Right: How Movie Stars Shaped American Politics

“In this fascinating book, Jennifer Frost shows how the famous Hollywood columnist Hedda Hopper combined celebrity gossip with the promotion of Right-wing politics. In the process, Frost offers a welcome corrective to the notion of an always liberal Hollywood, and reveals how apparently private tittle-tattle can become a public political force.”

—Linda Gordon, author of Dorothea Lange: A Life Beyond Limits

“Jennifer Frost reveals how important celebrity gossip was to the film industry in the l940's and l950's. But she also reveals the central place that Hollywood and Hedda Hopper played in advancing anti-Communist politics as well as laying the foundation for the culture wars that have pervaded national life ever since. This book is essential reading for anyone interested in postwar politics and American culture.”

—Lary May, author of The Big Tomorrow, Hollywood and the Politics of the American Way

“In a study of the gossip industry, the reader expects stories of ‘Mad-Hatter Hopper’ and her connections with the FBI and HUAC. The surprises come with insights into a Hollywood not generally covered in standard histories: Hopper’s Anglophobic response to casting Vivien Leigh in Gone with the Wind, her support of Lew Ayres as a WWII conscientious objector, and her campaign for a special Oscar for African American actor James Baskett who played Uncle Remus in Song of the South. A valuable contribution to American cultural history!”

—Janet Staiger, author of Media Reception Studies

"Readers get a study of Hopper’s politics and those of her readers, both explored through Hopper’s vastly popular newspaper column, from which this book takes its title."

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Are You Interested In Hollywood Celebrity Gossip.?

Agree, like i should care about someone that makes more money than most of us could ever hope for in SEVERAL lifetimes, and they act like they are more important..I THINK NOT! Sad thing is that i still am a movie buff, but my attitude towards Hollywood has really turned negative..probably why I lean more towards independent, non-mainstream type movies!

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