Open Secret Gay Hollywood 1928 - 1998 Author:David Ehrenstein Don't ask don't tell. Except, when it comes to Hollywood, everybody does ask. And sooner or later, somebody tells. — Why are we so fascinated with which of our celebrities are gay? How, in a world so often hostile to homosexuality, did stars like Greta Garbo to Ellen DeGeneres, from Ramon Novarro to Rupert Everett, not just survive but flourish? ... more »What can Hollywood tell us about gay Americagay Hollywood helped shape straight America?
These are just a few of the provocative questions raised in this entertaining and insightful book, which explores gay life as it has evolved in the film industry over the past seventy years. Filled with the inside scoop and vivid anecdotes evoking every era from the silents to tabloid TV and beyond, Open Secret us a revealing portrait of a world hidden in plain sight, at the very heart of a glittering community dedicated to image, celebrity, and public display. It's a lively blend of stardom, success, scandal, and keen social observation. Do tell...« less