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Legends and Lipstick

My Scandalous Stories of Hollywood's Golden Era
Narrated by: Jennifer Knighton
Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
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You won’t believe your ears! Relentlessly listenable insider stories. 

Hollywood love affairs

For the first time ever, Nancy Bacon, famed gossip columnist and editor of Confidential Magazine, is telling her whole story of what it was like to have love affairs with the likes of Paul Newman, Errol Flynn, Tommy Smothers, Rod Taylor, Vince Edwards, and Hugh O’Brian, plus exciting friendships with the Rat Pack, Judy Garland, Bobby Kennedy, Jay Sebring, Elizabeth Taylor, John Wayne, and Marilyn Monroe (to name only a few!). 

Beverly Hills, Rome, London, Paris 

A young and gorgeous pinup model and starlet before she became a writer, Nancy dove right into the kinds of parties found only in the glittering and glamorous playgrounds of Beverly Hills and Hollywood - and beyond to Rome, London, and Paris. Legends and Lipstick is an uncensored peep inside vintage showbiz, Jayne Mansfield’s horrible descent and death, the Manson family murders, saucy sex romps, exclusive nightclubs and parties, and detailed, firsthand descriptions of where and how celebs played in the old days. 

The tarnished side of Tinseltown 

Here is the untold story of Nancy’s courageous battles with breast cancer and alcoholism during a time when no one spoke openly about such things. The tarnished side of Tinseltown is the fascinating flipside to a tale that needs to be told. This is Nancy’s inside account from her humble beginnings as one of nine children growing up on a farm in Washington state and what happened after all the fun and games in Hollywood were over - she went through divorce, depression, and a botched radical double mastectomy...and she overcame it all. Her life is one of stunning extremes. 

Why Legends and Lipstick is a must-hear

For those who can’t get enough of candid, no-holds-barred memoirs like The Kid Stays in the Picture (Robert Evans), You’ll Never Eat Lunch in This Town Again (Julia Phillips), Shirley Jones: A Memoir, Watch Me (Anjelica Houston), and I’m With the Band (Pamela Des Barres) - this audiobook is for you.

Legends and Lipstick goes hand-in-hand with her daughter Staci Layne Wilson’s own tell-all memoir, So L.A. Take a listen to both audiobooks! 

©2017 Staci L. Wilson (P)2018 Staci L. Wilson

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The Golden Era of Hollywood!

To be honest, when I bought this book, I had no idea who Nancy Bacon was. I'm a sucker for anything about old Hollywood, so I decided to buy it. I found Bacon's account of her time in Hollywood to be a cautionary tale, but still very interesting and sad. I really enjoyed this book and would suggest it to friends to read.

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Heart and Humor in Hollywood

There are many remarkable attributes of Nancy Bacon. To start with, her warm, inviting personality shines throughout this memoir. She’s also insightful, nonjudgmental and funny! I wasn’t expecting to laugh as much as I did, but she’s humorous in an oftentimes unexpected way. Her natural optimism shines throughout, and it’s certainly admirable that she can laugh through adversity. Her ‘boob history’ (boob her-story? ) recounting is hilarious—joking through the real life horror is quite praiseworthy. Wordplay abounds and her descriptions are delightfully detailed. Hollywood’s Golden Era is palpable as is her heartbreaking struggle with alcoholism.

She did more than merely rub elbows with some movie idols in Hollywood’s Golden Era. Yet, she was discreet, and it’s readily apparent that she deeply cared for them. But, this is no book of Hollywood fluff, for there are some stories which are somewhat scarring to hear (I listened to this memoir via Amazon’s Audible). A major female Hollywood star of the Golden Era who was into brutality comes to mind first, and one of Ms. Bacon’s abusive boyfriends next. Yikes! However, these examples aren’t in the same ballpark with the light BDSM that she experienced later on (but long before E.L. James’s “50 Shades of Grey” made BDSM more mainstream) with a love interest. Ms. Bacon was ahead of her time in some respects, yet she also had a finger on the pulse of the times she experienced. Plus, her life wasn’t filled with just movie stars, as she also spent time with famous men in politics. Impressive is an understatement!

In closing, the expression to ‘pull oneself up by one’s bootstraps’ comes to mind as her beginnings were modest, yet she achieved so much by her own ingenuity and positive outlook. In fact, she was also a magazine editor, co-author of “Whitney Houston: Good Girl/Bad Girl,” and she wrote 10 romance and adventure novels.

Highly recommended!

G.L. Giles

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Some Do Not Go Quitely Into The Night

There seems to be a glut on the market of aging and elderly women and former B-C actress', models, groupies working hard to supplement their social security with "Tell All" of other people's indiscretions. Desperate "journalists" that have been unemployed for years printing "secrets and slander" while they can still self-publish. The sadistic disregard for other people's spouses, children, grandchildren is flagrant and ruthless. I made it through chapter 26 and felt guilty reading that much. This memoir is basically a name-dropping journal of men she slept with. Nobody was spared. Possibly some stories I would have been curious about at around age 12. But even then the ruthless and coy degradation of others would have made me very squeamish.

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Certainly has a high opinion of herself~

Had never heard of this person previously. Found it incredibly sad that she spoke more fondly of her breasts than her child.

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Interesting Hollywood gossip, lousy narration.

A fun, largely light-weight read for lovers of 1960s Hollywood lore. Loads of sex & drug experiences described by the delightfully uninhibited author, who must have been a real man-killer. The narration leaves something to be desired- occasional mispronunciations & an insistence on a comical imitation of the male voice achieved by speaking in a low-register.