Hollywood Stories ~ An Introduction {OVER}

Just when you thought you’ve heard everything about Hollywood comes a totally original new book — a special blend of biography, history and lore.

Hollywood Stories is packed with wild, wonderful short tales about famous stars, movies, directors and many others who have been a part of the world’s most fascinating, unpredictable industry!

What makes the book unique is that the reader can go to any page and find a completely engaging and illuminating yarn. Sometimes people won’t realize that they are reading about The Three Stooges or Popeye the Sailor until they come to the end of the story. The Midwest Book Review says Hollywood Stories is, “packed from cover to cover with fascinating tales.”

A professional tour guide in Hollywood, Stephen Schochet has researched and told thousands of entertaining anecdotes for over twenty years. He is also the author and narrator of two audiobooks Tales of Hollywood and Fascinating Walt Disney. Tim Sika, host of the radio showCelluloid Dreams on KSJS in San Jose has called Stephen,” The best storyteller about Hollywood we have ever heard.”

Full of funny moments and twist endings, Hollywood Stories features an amazing, all-star cast of legendary characters and icons and will keep you totally entertained!


Here is an excerpt from the book to give you a sense of the humor in it.  When I was a young child, I used to watch Abbott and Costello movies with my father.  To this day, when I watch their movies, I think of my father.

I’m a Bad Boy

As his popularity rose in the 1940s, Lou Costello found an interesting way to furnish his ranch home in the San Fernando Valley. During the making of one of the Abbott and Costello comedies at Universal Studios, some furniture kept mysteriously disappearing from the set. Following a hunch, the producer called Costello and told him that they needed the chairs and tables to complete the movie. The pudgy star, who was known for his generosity to co-workers, was indignant. What did it have to do with him? Universal was a bunch of cheats! How would Costello and his partner, Bud Abbott, be treated when their career took a downturn? But the props reappeared at the studio the next day and stayed on hand till the picture was done. Then they immediately vanished in a pattern that continued throughout Lou Costello’s employment at Universal.

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  1. Jen V. says:

    I am a huge fan of Johnny Depp :)

  2. Traci Lynn Butler says:

    I like Leonardo Dicaprio for his environmental work

  3. My favorite celeb is Harrison Ford.  :)  As a big fan of pop culture, I’m absolutely interested in reading this book.  I like the angle it offers with the surprise “this is who it is about” ending.  Thanks for introducing me to it!
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