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Author Rifkind, Donna, author.

Title The sun and her stars : Salka Viertel and Hitler's exiles in the golden age of Hollywood / Donna Rifkind.

Publication Info. New York : Other Press, [2020]


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Montrose Library Non-Fiction    812 Viertel,S RIF    Available
1 copy being processed for GDL Central Library Non-Fiction.
Description 550 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 521-537) and index.
Contents Introduction -- The Wishing Season -- Carried Across -- A Great House Full of Rooms -- The House of Metro -- Fatherland -- Motherland -- Lifeboat -- Ilium -- Un-Americans -- Home.
Summary "The little-known story of screenwriter Salka Viertel, whose salons in 1930s and 40s Hollywood created a refuge for a multitude of famous figures who had escaped the horrors of World War ll. Hollywood was created by its "others"; that is, by women, Jews, and immigrants. Salka Viertel was all three and so much more. She was the screenwriter for five of Greta Garbo's movies and also her most intimate friend. At one point during the Irving Thalberg years, Viertel was the highest-paid writer on the MGM lot. Meanwhile, at her house in Santa Monica she opened her door on Sunday afternoons to scores of European émigrés who had fled from Hitler--such as Thomas Mann, Bertolt Brecht, and Arnold Schoenberg--along with every kind of Hollywood star, from Charlie Chaplin to Shelley Winters. In Viertel's living room (the only one in town with comfortable armchairs, said one Hollywood insider), countless cinematic, theatrical, and musical partnerships were born. Viertel combined a modern-before-her-time sensibility with the Old-World advantages of a classical European education and fluency in eight languages. She combined great worldliness with great warmth. She was a true bohemian with a complicated erotic life, and at the same time a universal mother figure. A vital presence in the golden age of Hollywood, Salka Viertel is long overdue for her own moment in the spotlight."-- Provided by publisher.
Subject Viertel, Salka.
Screenwriters -- United States -- Biography.
Hollywood (Los Angeles, Calif.) -- History.
Los Angeles (Calif.) -- History.
Los Angeles (Calif.) -- Biography.
Hollywood (Los Angeles, Calif.) -- Social life and customs.
Los Angeles (Calif.) -- Social life and customs.
Jewish refugees -- California -- History.
Jewish refugees -- California -- Biography.
Jews in the motion picture industry -- United States.
Genre/Form Biographies.
Added Title Salka Viertel and Hitler's exiles in the golden age of Hollywood
ISBN 9781590517215 hardcover
1590517210 hardcover
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