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August 18, 2009


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What a fascinating article! I'd never heard about any of this but, clearly, it occupied much of Hollywood's (and America's) attentions for a very long time. Thank you for writing about this and providing the clips to go along with it.

I think the key is the book of German philosophy . . . This really is a curious case though. Did it stay in the news for a long time?

Yes, it was a big deal. In fact, Billy Wilder named Norma Desmond in "Sunset Boulevard" after it - "Norma" is a tribute to Mabel Normand, and "Desmond" after Taylor.

There are lots of interesting scandals from Hollywood in the 1920s, murders and suicides and alleged cover-ups. For example, the death of director Thomas Ince, who was shot in the head on William Randolph Hearst's yacht. Peter Bogdonavitch made a movie about it about 10 years ago called "The Cat's Meow." Good movie, especially if you like this sort of thing.

This is a story I've long been fascinated with. Among several books on the subject is one by publishing legend Robert Giroux, _A Deed of Death_, first published in 1990.

This is a brilliantly consummate article.I hope you collect all your articles for a book, Laura. You are my Floradora girl, for sure. I will reread again now for it is deeply and broadly compact with info.

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