Book Review of The Hollywood Daughter

The Hollywood Daughter
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Story was ok - 2/3s was Jesse's childhood years, last 1/3 was 9 years later in her late 20s when she is trying to come to terms. Her mother is a strict catholic and her father is a publicist for a movie production company. Most interesting part was not the story of Jesse but the 1940s and 1950s Hollywood when communists were being blacklisted, McCarthyism, and the Catholic church's role with their committees on morals in movies, required oaths, and condemnation of Hollywood. Also the history of Ingrid Bergman (Jesse's idol and part of her fathers world), the movies she was in, her affair with Rossellini and how she fled to Italy and was not allowed to return to America for many years.