Star Babies: The Shocking Lives of Hollywood’s Children
By Raymond Strait
Being the child of a celebrity is a strange, but wonderful experience, and STAR BABIES explores this glamorous and sometimes tragic world. It’s all here in this book: the fabulous birthday parties, the “limosine treatment” to school, the lemonade stand set up and supplied by the butler, the Christmas sprees to clean out the toy department. And behind this facade is a history of family trees shattered by the worlds, “Your father and I are going to get a divorce,” strings of schools, and adventures with drugs and sex. Shared is a blind adoration for a famous parent, tempered by desperate craving for love and attention. These children were the first generation to plant before the moviegoing public the image of Hollywood as a family town. Maternity became marketable, and photos of stars with their wholesome families were worth their weight in gold. Image! In Hollywood, it is everything. Extraordinary in their candor and diversity, these stories reveal all of their dreams—and the delusions—that money can buy. No moviegoer should be without this intimate and unique portrait of life behind the silver screen. Includes the children of: Mario Lanza, Judy Garland and Sid Luft, Pat Boone, Tom Mix, Dorothy Lamour, David O. Selznick, Lou Costello, Jack Albertson, Lloyd Bridges, Gordon and Sheila MacRae, Jose Ferrer and Rosemary Clooney.