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

Jennifer Frost

Abstract

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 newspapers throughout Hollywood's golden age. Often eviscerating moviemakers and stars, her column earned her a nasty reputation in the film industry while winning a legion of some 32 million fans, whose avid support established her as the voice of small-town America. Yet Hopper sought not only to build her career as a gossip columnist but also to push her agenda of staunch moral and political conse ... More

Keywords: Hedda Hopper, gossip columnist, film industry, conservatism, Hollywood gossip, American movies, movie culture, conservative politics, newspaper journalism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780814728239
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814728239.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jennifer Frost, author