The Decline and Fall of the Love Goddesses by Patrick Agan (1979, Hardcover)

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The Decline and Fall of the Love Goddesses
The poignant, behind-the-klieg lights stories of ten dazzling, world-famous film stars who couldn't cope with success . . .
by Patrick Agan
Publisher:  Pinnacle Books
Copyright 1979
Book Club Edition

Between the covers of this book are ten faces that, like Helen of Troy, might have launched a thousand ships.  These are the faces that sent men off to war, that hung in school locker rooms, that covered bedroom walls . . . faces that schoolgirls, their mothers, and grandmothers, imitated with arched eyebrows and shoulder-length hair.  These are the faces of the Love Goddesses, those shimmering, dazzling, heart-stopping beauties who only yesterday, like brilliant comets, flashed before our eyes to brighten the quality of our days and our dreams.

With photographs as poignant as his words, Patrick Agan presents the little-known stories of ten glamorous, internationally celebrated luminaries who made it to the top, who held the world in the palms of their hands -- and let it all slip through their fingers . . . the victims of their own weaknesses, of changing times, of men who used them badly.

From incandescent Rita Hayworth, to uninhibited Jayne Mansfield to the most dazzling Love Goddess of them all, Marilyn Monroe, all of them are here -- with a difference.  For Patrick Agan has gone behind the newspaper headlines and fan magazines to find what made each of them tick -- and what made the ticking stop.  He has interviewed husbands and ex-husbands, lovers, relatives, and friends.  He has found information in unexpected places, and sorted through countless files and photographs -- many published here for the first time; others heart-tuggingly familiar.  All of them show these ten unforgettable women on the way up, at the peak, and on the way down.

Condition:  Used.  Hardcover.  Dust cover.  Pages are tanned and darkening from age.  Previous owner's "Library Of" stamp is on the front endpaper.  Dust covers are tanned from age.  Dust covers show a bit of edge wear and tear and creasing.  THIS BOOK IS THREE POUNDS.


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