Mary Astor's Purple Diary: The Great American Sex Scandal of 1936

New York: Liveright, 2016. First edition. Hardcover. As new in dust jacket. Hardcover. Color illustrated endpapers of a stylized nude of Mary by Sorel. 167 pp. Illustrated with vintage photographs as well as color drawings by the author. Already a significant scarcity and cult favorite, the tale of Hollywood Golden Age star Mary Astor, her unpublicized salaciousness in private life, and the scandal that broke publicly in 1936. The case revolved around Mary's red-hot private diary (in which she not only kept a tally of all her extra-marital affairs but even graded them) and her affair with the then married George S. Kaufman. She had earlier agreed to give up custody of her daughter to her hsuband Dr. Franklyn Thorpe but decided to challenge the arrangement; Thorpe used the dairy to prove she was an unfir mother. Sorel intersperses episodes of his own life to fill out the vibrany portrait of the years involved. As New / as new. Item #E20188
ISBN: 9781631490231

Price: $48.50

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