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Posts Tagged ‘Judy Garland’

James Ellroy Publishes with Byliner Fiction

Novelist James Ellroy has published a $1.99 Byliner Fiction story about Fred Otash, a famous private detective and writer who made his reputation in Hollywood.

Follow this link to read an excerpt from “Shakedown,” Ellroy’s new story at Byliner Fiction. In the video embedded above, we interviewed Ellroy about his early writing career.

You can read the real-life Otash’s obituary at The Los Angeles Times: “Otash’s clients included entertainers Frank Sinatra, Errol Flynn, Edward G. Robinson, Judy Garland, Lana Turner and Bette Davis, well-known lawyers such as F. Lee Bailey, Jerry Geisler and Melvin Belli, and both major political parties. Otash prowled Hollywood by night in a chauffeured Cadillac full of women he called ‘little sweeties,’ and much like a fictional private eye conjured up by Raymond Chandler, drank a quart of Scotch and smoked four packs of cigarettes a day.”

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Wizard of Oz Book Signed by Cast & Crew of 1939 Adaptation to be Auctioned

Profiles in History is auctioning a clothbound copy of The Wizard of Oz with a great backstory–it is signed by most of the actors and crew in the famous 1939 film adaptation of the novel.

The auction house estimates the book is worth between $40,000 and $60,000. The book was owned by Jack Haley Jr., the son of actor Jack Haley (who played the Tin Man in the film).

Here’s more from the description: “[Haley] brought this copy to the set and had the following sign it for his son, who was 5 years old at the time: cast members Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Jack Haley, Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr, Margaret Hamilton, Billie Burke, Toto (footprint, with trainer Jack Weatherwax signature).” (Via Jacket Copy)

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