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Ken LaZebnik Presents "Hollywood Digs: An Archaeology of Shadows"

Hollywood Digs

On Monday, Mar. 31, at 4 p.m. in Payson Library's Surfboard Room, Ken LaZebnik, director for Library Advancement and Public Affairs and veteran Hollywood writer, will read from his new book, Hollywood Digs: An Archaeology of Shadows.

In Hollywood Digs, LaZebnik unearths shards of film history that have rarely seen the light of day. He gives readers an insider's look at how Hollywood works, sharing his own experience of success and failure in film and television, and excavates hidden histories of the famous and near famous. Told with wit and compassion, this dig through Hollywood history discovers treasures amidst the dust.

Here is the romantic and tragic saga of Jock Mahoney, legendary stuntman and Hollywood's thirteenth Tarzan; F. Scott Fitzgerald, toward the end of his life, living in a cottage on the Encino estate of film butler Edward Everett Horton; Micky Moore, child actor with Mary Pickford, who spent eighty-three years in the industry, becoming a fabled second unit director of Raiders of the Lost Ark, and the Indiana Jones films. He draws upon Pepperdine University Libraries Special Collections for his chapter on Micky Moore, as well as a piece about The Dick Powell Show.

More than sixty photographs, presented in stunning duotone, enhance the book. Two large galleries of photographs, by Hollywood master Leigh Wiener, accompany the author's deft and idiosyncratic portraits of Hollywood luminaries, including Paul Newman, Frank Sinatra, Jimmy Stewart, Judy Garland, Al Jolson, Milton Berle, George Burns, and Harpo Marx.

Admission is free and RSVP is not required. For more information, contact Kimberly Chan at (310) 506-4252.

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