Seduction by Karina Longworth audiobook

Seduction: Sex, Lies, and Stardom in Howard Hughes's Hollywood

By Karina Longworth
Read by Karina Longworth

Unabridged

Format: CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781982554491

  • ISBN: 9781982554484

  • ISBN: 9781982554507

Runtime: 20.33 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/Drama/Performing Arts
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

In this riveting popular history, the creator of You Must Remember This probes the inner workings of Hollywood’s glamorous golden age through the stories of some of the dozens of actresses pursued by Howard Hughes, to reveal how the millionaire mogul’s obsessions with sex, power and publicity trapped, abused, or benefitted women who dreamt of screen stardom.

In recent months, the media has reported on scores of entertainment figures who used their power and money in Hollywood to sexually harass and coerce some of the most talented women in cinema and television. But as Karina Longworth reminds us, long before the Harvey Weinsteins there was Howard Hughes—the Texas millionaire, pilot, and filmmaker whose reputation as a cinematic provocateur was matched only by that as a prolific womanizer.

His supposed conquests between his first divorce in the late 1920s and his marriage to actress Jean Peters in 1957 included many of Hollywood’s most famous actresses, among them Billie Dove, Katharine Hepburn, Ava Gardner, and Lana Turner. From promoting bombshells like Jean Harlow and Jane Russell to his contentious battles with the censors, Hughes—perhaps more than any other filmmaker of his era—commoditized male desire as he objectified and sexualized women. Yet there were also numerous women pulled into Hughes’s grasp who never made it to the screen, sometimes virtually imprisoned by an increasingly paranoid and disturbed Hughes, who retained multitudes of private investigators, security personnel, and informers to make certain these actresses would not escape his clutches.

Vivid, perceptive, timely, and ridiculously entertaining, The Seducer is a landmark work that examines women, sex, and male power in Hollywood during its golden age—a legacy that endures nearly a century later.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A history that shows clearly how powerful men exploited actresses long before the #MeToo movement began…A lively—and often sordid—Hollywood history.” Kirkus Reviews
“Functions both as a biography of a star and a theory of stardom. It is a nuanced, enviably readable work.” Slate on Meryl Streep: Anatomy of an Actor

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Author

Author Bio: Karina Longworth

Author Bio: Karina Longworth

Karina Longworth is the creator, writer, and host of You Must Remember This, a podcast on the secret and forgotten history of twentieth-century Hollywood. A former film editor of the LA Weekly and critic for the Village Voice, she is the author of several previous books, including Hollywood Frame by Frameand Meryl Streep: Anatomy of an Actor. She lives in Los Angeles.

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Available Formats : CD, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Drama/Performing Arts
Runtime: 20.33
Audience: Adult
Language: English