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Suicide in the entertainment industry : an encyclopedia of 840 twentieth-century cases
Frasier, David K., 1951-
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Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland, [2002]

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xi, 428 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
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PN2208 .F73 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Reference

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From Peg Entwhistle, the only star to have jumped off the Hollywood sign with suicide in mind, to Marilyn Monroe who may have overdosed on drugs, this volume traces the history of suicide in the entertainment industry.

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Who is L.W. Heald, and how did he meet his end? Libraries that encounter such queries will want this book. In it, readers will find brief biographical sketches of 840 known suicides (Charles Boyer, Freddie Prinze, Sr.), probable suicides (Thelma Todd, Paul Bern), or possible suicides (Alan Ladd, George Reeves). Entrants are taken "from the ranks of vaudeville, film, theatre, dance, music, literature (writers with direct connection to film), and other allied fields in the entertainment industry." The book includes not just practitioners in those fields, but in some cases, their suicidal spouses. Entries are arranged alphabetically. Appendix 1 lists suicides by occupation (comedians, models, wrestlers), appendix 2 by methods of suicide (drugs/pills, gun, jumping). Somewhat like the notorious 1965 Hollywood Babylon (whose author, Kenneth Anger, wrote the foreword for this book), Suicide is often morbidly fascinating. Of potential use to academic libraries as a source of biographical information about otherwise elusive show business personalities, this book is best suited for public libraries. (Heald was an accountant for Omaha radio station KOIL who died of self-inflicted gas poisoning in 1934.) D. Highsmith California State University--Hayward

Table of Contents

Kenneth Anger
Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Forewordp. 1
Prefacep. 3
The Casesp. 5
Bibliographyp. 357
Appendix I Occupationsp. 365
Appendix II Methods of Suicidep. 375
Indexp. 381