Fallen Idols: A Century of Screen Sex Scandals

Fallen Idols: A Century of Screen Sex Scandals

by Nigel Blundell


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It’s a scandal! How often we use that phrase and what a catalog of sins it covers. That’s what this book is all about. It is literally a catalog of sins – committed by some of the most celebrated names on the planet.

Within these covers are startling stories of scandals during a century when screen idols seemed to vie with each other in outraging public decency. It was an age when fan fever was at its height and an endless supply of shocking revelations emerged to fuel the frenzy.

Because of the perpetrators’ superstar status, the shame of exposure was often heightened, not only wrecking reputations but often harming careers and, at least, ensuring very public humiliation.

The lessons learned from these cases of celebrity scandal (though often, it seems, not by the celebrities themselves) is that the bigger the star, the harder the fall … and that deceit and intrigue so often turn hard-won fame into instant infamy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781526742148
Publisher: Pen and Sword
Publication date: 05/19/2019
Series: Images of the Past Series
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 7.30(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

NIGEL BLUNDELL is a journalist who has worked in Australia, the United States and Britain. He spent twenty-five years in Fleet Street before becoming a contributor to national newspapers. He is author of more than 50 factual books, including best-sellers on celebrity and crime.

Table of Contents

Introduction 7

Chapter 1 Charlie Chaplin 19

Chapter 2 Fatty Arbuckle 27

Chapter 3 Jean Harlow 35

Chapter 4 Errol Flynn 42

Chapter 5 Grace Kelly 51

Chapter 6 Lana Turner 62

Chapter 7 Marilyn Monroe 70

Chapter 8 Jayne Mansfield 84

Chapter 9 Elvis Presley 95

Chapter 10 Roman Polanski 107

Chapter 11 Joan Crawford 118

Chapter 12 Rock Hudson 126

Chapter 13 Jim Bakker & Jimmy Swaggart 136

Chapter 14 Woody Allen 145

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