Adventures of a Hollywood Secretary

4 thoughts on “Adventures of a Hollywood Secretary”

  1. This book sounds like a fascinating read! I love this stuff. Reading these kind of old journal entries, letters, and correspondence really makes one feel like they are stepping into someone else’s life – a past life. I can only imagine what kinds of exciting encounters this secretary must have had.

    It is a shame that people rarely write letters anymore. Now everything is lost in less poetic electronic tweets.

    1. Oh my goodness Robby, I truly could not agree more. One of the main reasons I became such a ravenous history nerd is because of one fortuitous day, when I was 12 years old, my grandma and I were at an Antiques gallery. I randomly picked up an old book which turned out to be the high school Annual of a girl from 1931. The signatures of her schoolmates all told stories, there were bits of folded yellow paper inside with poems and “in-jokes” and I read nothing else the entire summer. Enticed and entranced and entirely intoxicated by this world I had no real business prying into. It created a monster. And so I’m right there with ya, buddy, when you speak about stepping into the past through someone else’s past correspondence– it is vicarious living in its most organic form.

  2. Thank you for bringing this book to our attention. Adding this one to my list! I’ve heard another good one is, “Yes, Mr. Selznick.” It’s by Marcella Rabwin who was an executive assistant to David Selznick. I’ve seen her featured in many documentaries. Anyone read it?

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