HOLLYWOOD DIARY: TWELVE UNTOLD TALES (paperback)
Twelve Untold Tales of
Gary Cooper, Patsy Kelly, Pola Negri, Robert Taylor, Zeppo Marx, Quentin Crisp, The Grapes of Wrath, "Our Gang," Rock Hudson, Soupy Sales, and more.
A Work of Non-Fiction by Richard Lamparski
Author of the eleven volume Whatever Became of...? series and Hidden Hollywood: Where the Stars Lived, Loved & Died and Manhattan Diary.
Author of the eleven volume Whatever Became of…? series, interviews and stories with and about the great actors and actresses of yesteryear, Richard Lamparski reveals incredible, but true, heretofore untold stories of some of the stellar stars he has met, some of whom became good friends and others who did not. With other 40 illustrations and fascinating stories, Richard kicks some closet doors wide open, reveals the dirt on others, and praises some of the celebrities any gay person of worth will know about to some degree. If you want an intimate look deep inside Hollywood, told with great skill, humor and empathy, add this wonderful book to your “must-read” list. With chapter titles like “The Queen of Sex,” “The Absolute Worst Story I know,” “A Rainy Afternoon in Beverly Hills,” and “Lassie’s Master,” how could you pass this one by? Hollywood Diary is definitely a keeper!
- Badpuppy Magazine
Yet another great read has come my way with the newly published Hollywood Diary, Twelve Untold Tales by Richard Lamparski (best known for his excellent series of books entitled Whatever Became of…?). Once I started this fascinating 175 page tome, I just couldn’t put it down, with its untold tales of the likes of Patsy Kelly, Gary Cooper, Robert Taylor, Mae West, Rock Hudson, Zeppo Marx, Pola Negri, Martin Kosleck, Darla Hood (of Our Gang), Richard Cromwell and a most touching story of the casting of Ma Joad in The Grapes of Wrath – a choice between Jane Darwell and Beulah Bondi, two of Hollywood’s best character actresses ever. There are several “eyebrow lifting” moments here and there, but overall it is always highly entertaining, and illustrated throughout. I highly recommend this book, and can’t wait to read Mr. Lamparski’s companion volume, entitled Manhattan Diary which promises to be another frank and explosive read.
- Movie Memories
Richard Lamparski…has written a wonderful book about his years in Manhattan about the famous and/or notorious people he knew, including yours truly, the publisher of Badpuppy, who he described thusly: “a blonde about my age with rather flashy good looks.” And Richard doesn’t spare himself either, frankly discussing his imprisonment as the result of a “porny” raid on his apartment on the morning of January 28, 1964. Don’t miss the opportunity to own this treasure-trove of stories, often shocking, that any gay person worth his salt should have.
- Badpuppy Magazine