American Blonde

American Blonde

A Novel

Book - 2014
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"A fearless and spirited pilot conquers Hollywood. Now can she survive movie stardom? In 1945, Velva Jean Hart is a bona fide war heroine. After a newsreel films her triumphant return to America, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer promises to make her a star. They give her a new life story and a brand new name. As "Kit Rogers," she navigates the movie sets, recording sessions, parties, staged romances, and occasional backstabbing that accompany her newfound fame. She also navigates real-life romance, finding herself caught between a charismatic young writer and a sexy and enigmatic musician from her past. But when one of her best friends dies mysteriously and the most powerful studio in the world launches a cover-up, Velva Jean goes in search of the truth- risking her own life, as well as her heart, in the process. Set during Hollywood's Golden Age and peopled with a cast of unforgettable characters, American Blonde will mesmerize readers of The Chaperone as well as fans of the Velva Jean series. "--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, NY : Penguin Group, c2014
ISBN: 9780452298217
Branch Call Number: NIV
F Niven
Characteristics: 369 pages ; 20.5 cm

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Jan 14, 2015

Velva Jean Hart gets the entire star treatment at MGM studios--new name, new biography, plus lessons in acting, singing, and new makeup and hair color: American Blonde. We get an inside look at how the studios "managed" scandals involving its stars. Her friend, Mudge, from Velva Jean's WASP training, is the person who gets her a screen test, provides her a place to live while Velva Jean gets started, and proves herself a true friend. Mudge, however, is not happy being a star and dies under suspicious circumstances. Velva Jean tries to find out what happened, while MGM tries to cover it up. Velva Jean's brother, Johnny Clay, and Butch Dawkins have started a band which plays in Hollywood, so they are close by to offer support. Finding out who Mudge actually was before becoming a "star" and who killed her and why almost cost Velva Jean her life. A very tightly knit plot with well drawn characters that we care about. I can hardly wait to see what Velva Jean's next adventure will be.

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