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In 1950, Ingrid Bergman - already a major star after movies like Casablanca and Joan of Arc - has a baby out of wedlock with her Italian lover, film director Roberto Rossellini. Previously held up as an icon of purity, Bergman's fall shocks her legions of American fans.
Growing up in Hollywood, Jessica Malloy watched as her PR executive father helps make Ingrid a star at Selznick Studio. Over years of fleeting interactions with the actress, Jesse came to idolize Ingrid, whom she considered not only the epitome of elegance and integrity but also the picture-perfect mother, an area where her own difficult mom fell short.
In a heated era of McCarthyism and extreme censorship, Ingrid's affair sets off an international scandal that robs 17-year-old Jesse of her childhood hero. When the stress placed on Jesse's father begins to reveal hidden truths about the Malloy family, Jesse's eyes are opened to the complex realities of life - and love.
Beautifully written and deeply moving, The Hollywood Daughter is an intimate novel of self-discovery that evokes a Hollywood sparkling with glamour and vivid drama.
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By Cyndie Barnes on 04-07-17
The book was interesting with its historical fiction background. Didn't realize the control that religion had over Hollywood at that time. Charming story of one character and her childhood to adulthood is this era. Loved it!