The Hollywood Daughter

The Hollywood Daughter

A Novel

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"From the New York Times bestselling author of The Dressmaker and A Touch of Stardust, comes a Hollywood coming-of-age novel, in which Ingrid Bergman's affair with Roberto Rossellini forces her biggest fan to reconsider everything she was raised to believe . In 1950, Ingrid Bergman--already a major star after movies like Casablanca and Joan of Arc--has a baby out of wedlock with her Italian lover, film director Roberto Rossellini. Previously held up as an icon of purity, Bergman's fall shocked her legions of American fans. Growing up in Hollywood, Jessica Malloy watches as her PR executive father helps make Ingrid a star at Selznick International Pictures. Over years of fleeting interactions with the actress, Jesse comes to idolize Ingrid, who she considered not only the epitome of elegance and integrity, but also the picture-perfect mother, an area where her own difficult mom falls short. In a heated era of McCarthyism and extreme censorship, Ingrid's affair sets off an international scandal that robs seventeen-year-old Jesse of her childhood hero. When the stress placed on Jesse's father begins to reveal hidden truths about the Malloy family, Jesse's eyes are opened to the complex realities of life--and love. Beautifully written and deeply moving, The Hollywood Daughter is an intimate novel of self-discovery that evokes a Hollywood sparkling with glamour and vivid drama"--
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, ©2017.
ISBN: 9780385540636
Characteristics: 305 pages ;,25 cm.


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Jun 03, 2017

There have been better coming of age stories. The characters are not well defined. The plot is almost totally unbelievable. The author seems to blame the Catholic church in the 1950's for the film industry problems as well as her family problems .

JCLCherylMY May 02, 2017

This made the perfect book to read while on vacation. It's an easy, fast read, complete with 1950's antiquated gender roles and the paranoia of Hollywood's black list. The novel is a coming of age story and centers around young Jesse Malloy and her Hollywood family. Jesse's story runs parallel to movie star Ingrid Bergman with all of her successes and failures. (I had a great time looking up Bergman's movies, as well as her, shocking at the time, controversial life choices.)

Apr 10, 2017

Once again, this is one of those books where the description on the flap is better than the book. I read it until the very end and there were some intriging parts. If you are interested in catholic school and convent actitivities in Los Angeles during the 1940's, you might enjoy this. However, I take exception when an author takes a real person (in this case the amazing Ingrid Bergman) and weaves them into a character's life or worse, gives them prose and dialogue to fit the fictional story. Well, it is called the Hollywood Daughter. .. Just make it up as you go along. I had more fun fact checking details and looking up old photos of the Bergman loves and entourage. You will even come across an old Larry King Live episode where he interviews her three daughters.

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