Mary Astor's Purple Diary

Mary Astor's Purple Diary

The Great American Sex Scandal of 1936

Book - 2016
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In 1936 newspapers were ablaze with a scandalous child custody trial taking place in Hollywood and starring the actress Mary Astor; the story pushed Hitler and Franco off the front pages. George S. Kaufman, then the most successful playwright on Broadway and a married man to boot, had been Astor's lover. The scandal revolved around Mary's diary, which her ex-husband, Dr. Franklyn Thorpe, had found when they were still together. Mary, he claimed, had not only kept a tally of all her extramarital affairs but graded them-- and he already alerted the press in order to obtain a divorce and get custody of their daughter. Sorel provides all the juicy details of this particular slice of Hollywood Babylon, including Mary's life as a child star, and her teenage love affair with the much older John Barrymore.
Publisher: New York : Liveright Publishing Company, a division of W.W. Norton & Company, [2016]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781631490231
Branch Call Number: B As88S 2016
Characteristics: 167 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: Purple diary


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Jun 05, 2018

Author wrote himself into the story, am glad I did not buy this book although I enjoyed the illustrations.

Oct 30, 2017

Not very good, Edward Sorel is in love with himself.

ArapahoeLesley Oct 29, 2017

Such a fun book from artist Edward Sorel full of his own drawings and his life long love for the under-appreciated Mary Astor.


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