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In 1930 William Haines was Hollywood's #1 box-office draw--a talented, handsome, wisecracking romantic lead. Off screen, protected by a careful ...Show synopsisIn 1930 William Haines was Hollywood's #1 box-office draw--a talented, handsome, wisecracking romantic lead. Off screen, protected by a careful collaboration between studio and press, he was openly gay. This book presents Haines's virtually unknown story--rich with detail, revelations, and scandal--about silent movies and talkies; his lover, Jimmie Shields and their 50-year relationship; and the enforcement of the Production Code which led to the end of his career. of photos.Hide synopsis
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A very well-written and researched bio of a star who's been sadly neglected. Mann deals with both Haines' film career and his interior decorating career with equal sensitivity and insight. Great job!
Mann writes an excellent biography of a long-forgotten star, William
Haines, who was a top 5 box-office star between 1927 and 1932. Haines
was a huge star of his time, transitioned between silent films and
talkies, and was the first "outed" gay star in America.
Mann also delves into the personal ...
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