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Obsessed With Hollywood

Rachel Shukert’s new novel Starstruck rekindles her childhood romance with the golden age of film

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Rachel Shukert is well known to Tablet followers as our pop culture expert, writing her Tattler column about everything from reality TV to the British royal family. She even wrote and performed an Oscar-night medley. Shukert is also the author of two memoirs: Have You No Shame? and Everything Is Going to Be Great.

In her new young-adult novel Starstruck, the first of a three-part series, Shukert focuses on pop culture, but from a historical perspective. Set in the 1930s, the Golden Age of Hollywood, the book follows three young women trying to break into the movie industry. The most shocking things in Starstruck happen off-screen, though: betrayals, unimaginable secrets, sexual misconduct, and manipulation from the studio chiefs who run the show. Tablet’s Managing Editor Wayne Hoffman sat down with Shukert to talk about her new book, her own experiences trying to break into show biz, and the changing roles of Jews in Hollywood. [Running time: 16:00.] 

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Starstruck sounds great. I love stories, fiction and non-fiction, about old Hollywood.

    dizzyizzy says:

    Then I would recommend Budd Schulberg’s memoir of his childhood as a Hollywood prince. It is as interesting an expose as his great novel The Disenchanted.

    I would reccomend “the englishman’s boy” by Guy Vanderhague. It won the governor generals award in Canada and has a story line that deals with the cowboy pictures of the 30’s and the studio writers intertwined with those cowboys on the films who were also part of the cypress hill massacre where Americans jumped the border into Canada to fight the assinoiboine and black foot Indians. An excellent read and on topic with early hollywood studio politics.

The British royal family is famous for championing high street as well as designer fashion, but did not accept a package…

Maria Jones says:

British royal Prince Harry was reportedly stopped by police on his motorbike while on a date. He is said to have been taking a mystery blonde woman on his Ducati 848 across Putney Bridge. check out it


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Obsessed With Hollywood

Rachel Shukert’s new novel Starstruck rekindles her childhood romance with the golden age of film

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