And so I escaped through Hollywood. I immersed myself in books about the period; in one summer, I devoured countless biographies of Harlow, Garbo, Norma Shearer, Joan Crawford, Bogart and Bacall. Marilyn was my favorite, but I wasn’t picky.

After working with Tom Cruise, a Hollywood dialect coach (whose name I won’t reveal) once described him to me as being “emotionally frozen in time” at the age he was catapulted to stardom — around 21. Is that what happens to all these young mortals who are inflated to god-like status?


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