Scandals of Classic Hollywood: Sex, Deviance, and Drama from the Golden Age of American Cinema is a fascinating collection of stories of the behind-the-scenes power the movie studios had over their stars in the early-to-mid twentieth century. The studios, knowing that they had to please the conservative public, had actors sign contract which often had morality clauses and directives on how soon they could marry after divorcing. It’s almost unbelievable how much the studios got away with, but that was the price these actors and actresses would pay for fame.
About half of the stories included here were already shared on the blog The Hairpin by author Anne Helen Petersen. As someone who read and enjoyed that column I realized that they had been significantly edited in this book, and some of the stars and