Margaret in Hollywood

Margaret in Hollywood

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Back in the days when Shakespeare still meant something to a lot of people, I wanted to be a great dramatic actress. Before I knew it I was in Hollywood . . . So begins this remarkable novel, in which Margaret Spencer tells us of her own journey from the vaudeville stage of the Midwest, to performing as a child in Buenos Aires, through sexual awakenings to Broadway success, and her arrival, against her will, in the Hollywood of 1927. I was only one among numberless hordes of fatherless girls who, with mothers pinching at their elbows, had descended onto Hollywood as the fruit flies on the citrus groves. But Margaret is anything but ordinary. Feisty, lusty, tart-tongued, willing to use her body as well as her brains to stay afloat, Margaret has her mind and heart set on liberation in every sense of the world. She demands freedoma€”sexual, artistic, and financiala€”and her battle to achieve it makes her a heroine well ahead of her time. Margaret in Hollywood is the tale of a young woman who refuses to be owned and will not be cowed, and whose love of life propels her onward.Not a daywent by withoutmy dreaming of escape, but I wasnot yet making enough money tosupport us both separately. ... She believed that she could read my mind when we were inthe same bed.Looking back, I ought tohave picked upmy cot and lived in a tent inthe park, butI kept believing that tomorrow would bring the big break. On her ... recent exchange concerned the loss of her virginity toalaw student in the backseat ofa Franklin; at leastit hadna#39;t beenamere Ford, I reassured her.

Title:Margaret in Hollywood
Author: Darcy O'Brien
Publisher:Open Road Media - 2014-07-01

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