Book Review: Open Secret – Gay Hollywood 1928-2000

Author: David Ehrenstein
Title: Open Secret – Gay Hollywood 1928-2000
Call No: 791.43 EHR

Part social history and part expose, this revealing, entertaining and provocative book spans nearly seventy years as it explores the lives and careers of some of the silver screen’s foremost gays and lesbians and the effects of their high-profile lifestyles on the general public. From Charles Laughton and Greta Garbo to Nathan Lane and Ellen DeGeneres, David Ehrenstein traces the gradual transformation of Hollywood from a time when it was box-office poison to be publicly gay to the modern era when many top entertainment figures are celebrating their gay sexuality–and are in turn celebrated from it. Updated, Open Secret reveals what has happened to the key players in gay Hollywood since the original hardcover publication.

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