Review of Hollywood Digs on The Internet Review of Books

Review of Hollywood Digs on The Internet Review of Books

Excerpt: “This is an enjoyable read, and LaZebnik is a hell of a writer. His style is quirky, exciting, original, and wholly unpredictable. What he manages to come up with are the odd scraps, which he sifts out of the soil of memory, dusty garage sales, street maps, and more. By examining these bits of Hollywood’s past, as archeologists pore over ancient relics, he keeps faith with an ever-evolving story.” For the full review, click here:...

Ken LaZebnik on This American Wife podcast

Blurb: ““Hollywood Digs” Tales from the darker side of Tinseltown – first, stars Laura Slade Wiggins (The Tomorrow People) and Izabella Miko (Clash of the Titans), and writer/director Tara Miele reveal the tale of “Starving in Suburbia,” their new Lifetime movie premiering Saturday, April 26th. Then, writer Ken LaZebnik (A Prairie Home Companion, Touched by an Angel), tells crazy true tales of Hollywood from his new book “Hollywood Digs,” including the time he made a movie with Peter O’Toole and Thomas Kinkade, Painter of Light. Stay with us.” Click here to listen to the full interview: thisamericanwifepodcast.com...

Five Questions For…Ken LaZebnik on Los Angeles Magazine’s Culture Files Blog

Excerpt: “What exactly got you interested in digging into the histories of icons like F. Scott Fitzgerald, Paul Newman and Judy Garland? There was always some personal connection, no matter how small, between myself and the iconic figures I wrote about. In the case of F. Scott Fitzgerald: I attended Macalester College, in St. Paul, Minnesota, where Fitzgerald grew up. As a college student, I’d go to the bar he frequented as a young man (and which remarkably had changed very little). When I moved to Los Angeles, I got on a Fitzgerald reading kick. I was reading a collection of his correspondence when I saw one of his letters marked with a return address on Amestoy Avenue. I realized I knew Amestoy Avenue very well—I drove by it all the time to my son’s baseball games. Digging deeper revealed that the Amestoy address was actually the estate of Edward Everett Horton, the actor who played all those butlers in the Astaire and Rogers films, and the shock that America’s great novelist was reduced to renting a cottage from the butler formed the heart of the essay. In the case of some of these other major figures, I’ve had the good fortune to meet people who knew them: George Schlatter was the first producer of The Judy Garland Show and he told me about that extraordinary experience. A friend of mine knew Paul Newman through their mutual work at Kenyon College. So my interest almost always began with a very personal, tiny peek into the celebrity’s life.” For the full Q&A, click here:...

Book Review: Hollywood Digs: An Archaeology of Shadows by Ken LaZebnik on DearOldHollywood.com

Excerpt: “If you enjoy Hollywood history you will have fun reading this book. Hollywood Digs is a fast read with each chapter focusing on a different subject. Also to be admired are the over sixty stunning photographs that fill the pages that come from the collection of master photographer, Leigh Wiener. The images include photos of Shirley Jones, Jimmy Stewart, Groucho Marx, and Paul Newman to name a few.” For the full review, click here:...