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Retro Reading: Hollywood Wives by Jackie Collins


On Good Friday in 1990, I thought I'd take a trip to my favorite used bookstore and I had debated whether or not to buy Hollywood Wives. I wasn't really looking for anything special, so I ended up buying it anyway.

I'm glad that I did, because I think that was the first time that I couldn't put down a book. Even now, it's still a fascinating and fun read.

While "fictional" author Jackie Collins takes us on a whirlwind of excitement, which also includes a murder some few thousand miles away from the heart of Hollywood. The murderer is on a cross country killing spree and for someone in Hollywood, it could mean life or death.

Along the way, we meet characters like fading fast movie star, Ross Conti and his desperate wife Elaine. She lives in the past and tries her best to be a part of the "in crowd" while the other wives secretly laugh at her behind her back.

Montana Gray, the young wife to director Neil, who has written what some are calling the best movie ever, fights her way through the discrimination of Hollywood and the remnants of her husbands affair, while avoiding Neil's ex-wife, Maralee.

With pre-production underway for Montana's movie, Street People, sex kitten Gina Germaine desperately wants the female lead and will stop at nothing to get it. She wants to change her image, but Hollywood laughs at her.

As with everyone's desperation in Hollywood, Elaine wants Ross to get the male lead and throws a party which the Conti's can't afford (it's supposed to be for famed actor George Lancaster and his wife, Pamela London, but Elaine keeps telling Ross that's it's for Sadie La Salle, the most powerful agent in Hollywood and his former lover) and things don't go according to her plans.

Then there's newlywed Angel Hudson, who's husband, Buddy, has a lured past that he must confront as his career begins to take off. His so-called friends do a number on Angel and when she disappears, Buddy spends days looking for her, while he tries to cover his lies so that no one will discover them.

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From the first page, this tome is hard to put down.

Collins sets the story as if you're a voyeur watching these beautiful, yet ugly people destroy lives and careers. It truly is fun.

One of the interesting things I had forgotten about while re-reading this was that Candice Bergen and Angie Dickinson are mentioned in the book. Both would end up in the mini-series as Elaine and Sadie respectively.

It's funny how Hollywood is.


Eric Tuchelske (author) from Detroit on April 22, 2019:

You'll love this!

Louise Powles from Norfolk, England on April 22, 2019:

I've read quite a few of her books, but not this one. I've always enjoyed reading her books.

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