What are the best books about life stories of old Hollywood actors?

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    #1My Autobiography

    My Autobiography

    My Autobiography is a book by Charlie Chaplin. First published in 1964 by Simon & Schuster and reprinted by Penguin Classics in 2003, the book highlights Chaplin's experiences from his childhood until he became a worldwide celebrity.

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    James Spencer
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "I read My Autobiography by Charlie Chaplin. The book told me everything I wanted to know about his life including before he became famous."
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    #2Clara Bow: Runnin' Wild

    Clara Bow: Runnin' Wild

    Clara Bow: Runnin' Wild is a biography of Clara Bow written by David Stenn. It was originally published in 1988 under ISBN 0815410255. The book narrates Clara Bow's rise to stardom during the heyday of Hollywood silent movies.

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    Karen Bailey
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "Clara Bow: Runnin' Wild is an interesting biography that takes you inside the days of Hollywood's silent movies. With so much going on in Hollywood these days I found it interesting to learn the history of Clara Bow and her journey. "
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    #3Me: Stories of my Life

    Me: Stories of my Life

    Me: Stories of my Life is a bestselling autobiography of American actress Katharine Hepburn. It tells the story of her life in all its complexity, from her triumphs and failures to her most intimate relationships.

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    Ananya Mittal
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "This book chronicles the life of Katharine Hepburn and her 40 years in the spotlight. It is a beautifully written and incredibly detailed account of her life events."
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    #4Louise Brooks: A Biography

    Louise Brooks: A Biography

    Louise Brooks: A Biography is a book by Barry Paris. Originally published in 1989 and reprinted in 2000 by the University of Minnesota Press, the book focuses on the life of the Hollywood celebrity Louise Books.

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    Hemant Patel
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "The most tantalizing aspect of Louise Brooks is her career suicide. One wonders how she could have so casually ended her career in films when she was an up-and-coming star. She was equally difficult with her dancing partners when she briefly returned to professional dancing, and even her the vain attempts to work as a store clerk. Louise Brooks had an astonishing intellect, so much so that many of the men in her life felt threatened by her but despite her intelligence she was never able to find a satisfying life for herself. Eventually, she found a kind of niche in her writing. Mr. Paris examines all of her contradictions thoughtfully but does not present a definitive conclusion. I liked the way the biography stuck to presenting the life of Louise Brooks without any attempt to moralize or judge; the facts and background are left for the reader to contemplate. I found the book very thought provoking"
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    #5Lulu In Hollywood

    Lulu In Hollywood

    Lulu in Hollywood is an autobiography written by Louise Brooks. Originally published in 1982 and reprinted by the University of Minnesota Press in 2000, the book highlights Brooks' experiences working in Hollywood.

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    Jorge Luis Escamilla
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "Miss Brooks was a woman who knew her mind, raised most unorthodoxly at that time to be her own person. This was how she approached her profession, which didn't click with Hollywood studio mentality. Eventually she was whisked to Germany by director G. W. Pabst where she performed two of her most lauded roles, Lulu in Pandora's Box and Thymian in Diary of a Lost Girl. Read this book to catch a glimpse of a legendary star as portrayed in her own words, anecdotes, and musings. You'll come away with a greater appreciation of a fine actress and a true individual. Multi-faceted, difficult and opinionated, Louise Brooks lived her life without compromise or apology"
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    #6Frame-Up!: The Untold Story of Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle

    Frame-Up!: The Untold Story of Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle

    Frame-Up!: The Untold Story of Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle is a book by Andy Edmonds. Originally published in 1991 by William Morrow & Company, the book reopens the case of Arbuckle, a silent film movie actor, comedian, and director.

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    Kathy Barnett
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "Frame Up! is the story by an investigative reporter about Fatty Arbuckle. He was accused of the rape of Virginia Rappe. The author point the guilt in the direction of the moguls who were jealous of the earnings of Arbuckle."
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    #7The Million Dollar Mermaid

    The Million Dollar Mermaid

    The Million Dollar Mermaid is an autobiography written by Esther Williams and Digby Diehl. It was originally published in 1999 by Simon and Schuster under ISBN 0684852845. Esther Williams an actress who rose to fame in the 1940s and 1950s.

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    Ruth Dean
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "The Million Dollar Mermaid is one of the best books about life stories of old Hollywood actors"
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    #8Love, Lucy (Berkley Boulevard Celebrity Autobiography)

    Love, Lucy (Berkley Boulevard Celebrity Autobiography)

    Love, Lucy is a book written by Lucille Ball. First published in 1996 by Berkley under ISBN 0425177319, the autobiography of the comedy queen is filled with an honest and funny recollection of her experiences.

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    Simon Wu
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "I think this book would serve as the perfect for any "I Love Lucy" fans regarding the female comedy legend. I also feel that being written by her daughter may give it even more of an emotional feeling, because I would imagine there are going to be plenty of personal experiences and great stories from her eyes."
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    #9Child Star

    Child Star

    Child Star is an autobiography written by Shirley Temple-Black. It was first published in 1988 and highlights the actor's experiences working as a child star in the film industry during the 1930s and the 1940s.

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    Heather Contreras
    Written on May 2, 2018
    ""Child Star" is a pretty good book. If you are interested n Shirley Temple-Black's life, I would recommend reading her autobiography. "
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    #10Bombshell: The Life and Death of Jean Harlow

    Bombshell: The Life and Death of Jean Harlow

    Bombshell: The Life and Death of Jean Harlow is a book by David Stenn. Originally published in 1993 and reprinted by Lightning Bug Press in 2000, the book aims to resolve the mystery of Jean Harlow's death.

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    Larry Payne
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "Very interesting book. Of all the books about Jean Harlow, I think this one is the best."
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    #11Two Lovers

    Two Lovers

    Two Lovers: The Love Story of Carole Lombard and Russ Columbo is a non-fiction book written by Beverly Adam, first published in 2016. It recounts the romance between Hollywood actress Carole Lombard and the singer Russ Columbo.

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    Brian Lee
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "For those familiar with Carole Lombard and Russ Columbo, they're well aware of the true essence of their romance. This book does a fantastic job of capturing their relationship and presenting us with a look in their lives through this stretch of time. It reads like a novel so it remains very entertaining. I loved the insights into their relationship and I found the book sweet, but also heartbreaking. I'm a huge fan of old Hollywood and this book captures one of the more underrated romances between actors."
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    #12Forgotten Hollywood, Forgotten History

    Forgotten Hollywood, Forgotten History

    Forgotten Hollywood, Forgotten History is a multi-award-winning non-fiction book written by Manny Pacheco, first published in 2009. It is part of a series that recounts stories about Hollywood's Golden Age.

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    Laura Cruz
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "Something that is real! I bet this would be good especially f you wanted to learn about old hollywood"

Summary

Best What are the best books about life stories of old Hollywood actors
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1My AutobiographyBooks 41 Paid
2Clara Bow: Runnin' WildBooks 37 Paid
3Me: Stories of my LifeBooks 36 Paid
4Louise Brooks: A BiographyBooks 32 Paid
5Lulu In HollywoodBooks 30 Paid
6Frame-Up!: The Untold Story of Roscoe "Fatty" ArbuckleBooks 28 Paid
7The Million Dollar MermaidBooks 26 Paid
8Love, Lucy (Berkley Boulevard Celebrity Autobiography)Books 25 Paid
9Child StarBooks 22 Paid
10Bombshell: The Life and Death of Jean HarlowBooks 22 Paid
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