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Hedda Hopper's HollywoodCelebrity Gossip and American Conservatism$
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Jennifer Frost

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780814728239

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814728239.001.0001

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The Making of a Celebrity Gossip

The Making of a Celebrity Gossip

(p.17) 1 The Making of a Celebrity Gossip
Hedda Hopper's Hollywood

Jennifer Frost

NYU Press

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 son of the sitting president, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and a producer and executive vice president at Samuel Goldwyn Studios, about his impending divorce; the syndication of her column “Hedda Hopper's Hollywood”; her feud with rival columnist Louella Parsons; Hopper's contributions to the film industry; Hopper's coverage of hard news, i.e. developments in domestic politics and foreign policy; and her Republican Party activism.

Keywords:   Hedda Hopper, gossip columnists, syndication, conservatism, political activism, film industry

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