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The Making of a Celebrity Gossip

Jennifer Frost

in Hedda Hopper's Hollywood: Celebrity Gossip and American Conservatism

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814728239
eISBN:
9780814728482
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814728239.003.0002
Subject:
History, Social History

This chapter chronicles Hedda Hopper's rise to fame as a celebrity gossip columnist. Topics covered include how she made a name for herself via an “exclusive” interview with James Roosevelt, eldest ... More


Readers, Respondents, and Fans

Jennifer Frost

in Hedda Hopper's Hollywood: Celebrity Gossip and American Conservatism

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814728239
eISBN:
9780814728482
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814728239.003.0003
Subject:
History, Social History

This chapter focuses on Hedda Hopper's relationship with her readers, respondents, and fans. Hopper recognized the importance of her readers, respondents, and fans to her gossip career and political ... More


Hedda Hopper's Hollywood: Celebrity Gossip and American Conservatism

Jennifer Frost

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814728239
eISBN:
9780814728482
Item type:
book
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814728239.001.0001
Subject:
History, Social History

In 1938, Hedda Hopper (a 52-year-old struggling actress) rose to fame and influence writing an incendiary gossip column, “Hedda Hopper's Hollywood,” that appeared in the Los Angeles Times and other ... More


Introduction: “Malice in Wonderland”

Jennifer Frost

in Hedda Hopper's Hollywood: Celebrity Gossip and American Conservatism

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814728239
eISBN:
9780814728482
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814728239.003.0001
Subject:
History, Social History

This introductory chapter discusses Hedda Hopper's career. Hopper rose to fame as a nationally syndicated Hollywood gossip columnist. Published in eighty-five metropolitan newspapers as well as ... More


Gossip, Scandal, and Innuendo

Anthony Slide

in Inside the Hollywood Fan Magazine: A History of Star Makers, Fabricators, and Gossip Mongers

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604734133
eISBN:
9781621034322
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604734133.003.0009
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter focuses on the gossip columnists of fan magazines. The most notable, most respectful, and most reliable was the pseudonymous Cal York in Photoplay. By the 1950s, York was fighting for ... More


Taking on “Hollywood Babylon”

Jennifer Frost

in Hedda Hopper's Hollywood: Celebrity Gossip and American Conservatism

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814728239
eISBN:
9780814728482
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814728239.003.0009
Subject:
History, Social History

This chapter describes the decline of the Hollywood studio system in the in 1950s and 1960s, and with it the decline of Hedda Hopper's career. The studio system provided Hopper with regular and ... More


Conclusion: Movies, Politics, and Narratives of Nostalgia

Jennifer Frost

in Hedda Hopper's Hollywood: Celebrity Gossip and American Conservatism

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814728239
eISBN:
9780814728482
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814728239.003.0010
Subject:
History, Social History

This chapter discusses how nostalgia was a frequent theme in Hopper's gossip throughout her career. Nostalgia for small-town America, where everyone knew and monitored each other's private lives, ... More


Hopper’s Wars

Jennifer Frost

in Hedda Hopper's Hollywood: Celebrity Gossip and American Conservatism

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814728239
eISBN:
9780814728482
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814728239.003.0004
Subject:
History, Social History

This chapter focuses on Hedda Hopper's political activism. As a columnist, Hopper reported on the country's most powerful form of popular culture, and, as a political figure, she had greater ... More


Blacklisting Hollywood “Reds”

Jennifer Frost

in Hedda Hopper's Hollywood: Celebrity Gossip and American Conservatism

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814728239
eISBN:
9780814728482
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814728239.003.0006
Subject:
History, Social History

This chapter focuses on Hopper's post-World War II Red Scare politics. Using her influence as a gossip columnist and an anti-Communist activist, she made private talk public by exposing Communist ... More


“Family Togetherness” in Fifties Hollywood

Jennifer Frost

in Hedda Hopper's Hollywood: Celebrity Gossip and American Conservatism

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814728239
eISBN:
9780814728482
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814728239.003.0008
Subject:
History, Social History

This chapter describes how Hedda Hopper sought to establish connections between the American family and the nation during the Cold War. In the latter half of the 1940s and during the 1950s, anxieties ... More


Representing Race in the Face of Civil Rights

Jennifer Frost

in Hedda Hopper's Hollywood: Celebrity Gossip and American Conservatism

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814728239
eISBN:
9780814728482
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814728239.003.0007
Subject:
History, Social History

This chapter considers Hedda Hopper's racism. Hopper believed in and was comfortable with white superiority. But despite being known within the motion picture industry as “deeply bigoted,” she ... More


Cold War Americanism, Hopper Style

Jennifer Frost

in Hedda Hopper's Hollywood: Celebrity Gossip and American Conservatism

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814728239
eISBN:
9780814728482
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814728239.003.0005
Subject:
History, Social History

This chapter discusses Hedda Hopper's Cold War Americanism. “Americanism” was the term she used to convey her political perspective and positions. Her Cold War Americanism shaped the content and ... More


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