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Mary Astor’s Purple Diary: The Great American Sex Scandal of 1936

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ISBN: 1631490230 | 2016 | EPUB | 176 Pages | 89 MB

In a hilarious send-up of sex, scandal, and the Golden Age of Hollywood, legendary cartoonist Edward Sorel brings us a story (literally) ripped from the headlines of a bygone era.

Featuring over sixty original illustrations, Mary Astor’s Purple Diary narrates and illustrates the travails of the Oscar-winning actress alongside Sorel’s own personal story of discovering an unlikely muse. Throughout, we get his wry take on all the juicy details of this particular slice of Hollywood Babylon, including Mary’s life as a child star-her career in silent films began at age fourteen-presided over by her tyrannical father, Otto, who “managed” her full-time and treated his daughter like an ATM machine. Sorel also animates her teenage love affair with probably the biggest star of the silent era, the much older John Barrymore, who seduced her on the set of a movie and convinced her parents to allow her to be alone with him for private “acting lessons.”

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