By Samantha Barbas
Hollywood celebrities feared her. William Randolph Hearst cherished her. among 1915 and 1960, Louella Parsons used to be America's optimum motion picture gossip columnist and in her heyday commanded a following of greater than 40 million readers. this primary full-length biography of Parsons tells the tale of her reign over Hollywood through the studio period, her lifelong alliance together with her organization, William Randolph Hearst, and her complicated and turbulent relationships with such famous stars, administrators, and studio executives as Orson Welles, Joan Crawford, Louis B. Mayer, Ronald Reagan, and Frank Sinatra—as good as her rival columnists Hedda Hopper and Walter Winchell. enjoyed by way of enthusiasts for her "just folks," small-town photo, Parsons grew to become infamous in the movie for her involvement within the suppression of the 1941 movie Citizen Kane and her use of blackmail within the provider of Hearst's political and private agendas. As she lines Parsons's existence and profession, Samantha Barbas situates Parsons's reviews within the broader trajectory of Hollywood heritage, charting the increase of the superstar approach and the advanced interactions of exposure, journalism, and movie-making. Engagingly written and punctiliously researched, The First girl of Hollywood is either an engrossing chronicle of 1 of the main strong girls in American journalism and movie and a penetrating research of star tradition and Hollywood energy politics.