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Close-up on Sunset Boulevard

Close-up on Sunset Boulevard

Billy Wilder, Norma Desmond, and the Dark Hollywood Dream

Sam Staggs

St. Martin's Griffin

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Classic storytelling about one of Hollywood's darkest masterpieces, Close-up on Sunset Boulevard goes behind the scenes to reveal everything about the making of this movie and the larger-than-life personalities of its creators and stars. Close-up on Sunset Boulevard features unforgettable anecdotes about every player: from silent queen Gloria Swanson in her poignant comeback to the cheerful ingenue Nancy Olson (who had never heard of the great and glamorous Gloria), from henpecked, handsome---and hungover---William Holden to the raucous writing team of Billy Wilder and Charles Brackett. Close-up on Sunset Boulevard is a fascinating, unputdownable movie history.

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Praise for Close-up on Sunset Boulevard

“Staggs delivers the dish” —New York Daily News

“If this doesn't make you go rent the Sunset Boulevard DVD, nothing will...Staggs uses his considerable knowledge of the film industry to highlight the many fascinating stories behind the making of the movie.” —Instinct

“Staggs probes deep into the black heart of Wilder's noir masterwork in his brilliant new book” —Tribune & Times - Tampa

“Staggs leaves no stone unturned.” —Dallas Voice

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About the author

Sam Staggs

Sam Staggs is the author of All About "All About Eve" and a novel, MMII: The Return of Marilyn Monroe. He lives in Dallas, Texas.

Sam Staggs

Sam Staggs

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