• This Was Hollywood: Forgotten Stars and Stories

  • Turner Classic Movies
  • By: Carla Valderrama
  • Narrated by: Carla Valderrama
  • Length: 7 hrs and 3 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (443 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In this one-of-a-kind Hollywood history, the creator of Instagram's celebrated @ThisWasHollywood reveals the forgotten past of the film world in a dazzling visual package modeled on the classic fan magazines of yesteryear.

From former screen legends who have faded into obscurity to new revelations about the biggest movie stars, Valderrama unearths the most fascinating little-known tales from the birth of Hollywood through its Golden Age.

The shocking fate of the world's first movie star. Clark Gable's secret love child. The film that nearly ended Paul Newman's career. A former child star who, at 93, reveals her #metoo story for the first time. Valderrama unfolds these stories, and many more, in a volume that is by turns riveting, maddening, hilarious, and shocking.

Drawing on new interviews, archival research, and an exhaustive library of photographs, This Was Hollywood is a compelling and visually stunning catalogue of the lost history of the movies.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2020 Carla Valderrama (P)2020 Running Press Adult

Critic Reviews

"Carla Valderrama genuinely loves Hollywood history, as you can tell from every page of this book. Her enthusiasm is matched only by her determination to back up her stories with good, old-fashioned research. I learned a lot from This Was Hollywood and you will, too." (Leonard Maltin, film critic and historian)

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Hollywood Fun

This is an entertaining and informative book. The narration is a bit amateurish. A bright voice and upbeat tone, but the talent has some diction and pronunciation issues.

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Happy that TCM is behind audiobooks

An easy listen, interesting little stories about old hollywood. I liked the content. I didn't love the performance but I can appreciate the author read her own book. I hope TCM makes more audio content!

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hard to say

well written. hard to listen to. sometimes I wanted to say so what? so there

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  • 12-04-20

Delightful 'read'

I'm old enough to at least recognize many of the names, but these stories paint pictures like Technicolor diaries from forgotten Hollywood.
Ms Valderrama's delivery keeps my 'listening ear' well tuned so my 'hearing ears could truly take in the full picture story as she unfolds it.
Excellent fascinating and fun and who can't use a little more fun in 2020.

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So excited this is finally out!!!

I followed the This Was Hollywood insta and I’ve been dying to check this book out. I may still get a hard copy for the photos but am halfway through and fully hooked. Highly recommend this listen!!

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Enlightening and entertaining

Tells us the history of the film industry from it’s rough and tumble beginnings enlightening us about those that shaped it’s evolution through the years. I really enjoyed learning about actors I hadn’t heard of as well as those better known. Great book!

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Fabulous stories, expertly told

My only complaint is it’s not long enough! Learned so much. Please write another volume. Well done!

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Wonderful

Interesting and entertaining look at forgotten stars and hidden stories in Hollywood. I loved hearing stories about movie stars I’ve enjoyed seeing on the big screen. Although some reflect their hidden pain it humanizes them and provides the lesson that we really don’t know what trials people are dealing with. The narrator/author is well educated in Hollywood history and her enthusiasm comes through in the narration.

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Great in depth stories, you will learn something..

Loved this book and presentation. I really loved the stories of the people I had not heard of but found out what great contributions they had made. Best of all, Eleanor Powell.. My favorite dancer. And not enough is ever said about her. So was so happy that she got a chapter. Highly recommend this

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Great!!!

Great book for anyone interested in old Hollywood.The author did a great job reading it

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  • 07-23-21

Hollywood good times

Very enjoyable. Listened to it several times. I hope the author will produce similar books about old Hollywood.

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  • Ellie Moore
  • 03-26-21

Entertaining and Informative

A really fascinating look at Hollywood, with a brilliant narrator in its author. Carla Valderrama is clearly passionate about her work forming the book and every chapter is presented with appropriate mood. Well worth a listen if you have even a passing interest in early Hollywood and the stars of the past

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-02-21

Getting lost in old Hollywood

A really enjoyable listen, lots of stories I had not heard before, which was a real treat. The narrator/author was very engaging, highly recommended.