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Struggling actress Hedda Hopper can't get a break in Hollywood, even though an acquaintance of hers is the extremely powerful gossip monger Louella Parsons - maker and breaker of careers (and lives) through her daily syndicated newspaper column. The big movie moguls, fed up with Parson's power over their stars, decide to de-claw her by setting up gossip Hopper as a competitor in the rumour industry. What they couldn't foresee was that Hopper would become as big as Parsons -- and every bit as much of a pain. Based on the true life stories of two of the most powerful (and arguably dangerous) women of Hollywood's heyday. Written by A.L.Beneteau <albl@inforamp.net>

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Taylor got friend Peter Lawford a small part as a reporter. but, he couldn't get through a single day of filming and was replaced. See more »

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As the camera pans down the street, on the curb is the painted number of either a house or building. They didn't paint number signs on the curbs back then. See more »

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Louella Parsons: If the two of us ever got together; we could rock this town on it's heels!
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Referenced in Dallas: Malice in Dallas (1988) See more »

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Hedda Hopper ruled the Roost, and American gossip
15 February 2010 | by (the Bay Area) – See all my reviews

Back in the 40's and 50's one of the most powerful people in the world was Hedda Hopper. She had a big chunk of America champing at the bit to find out the latest dirt of celebrities. Louella Parsons worked for her for several years, and (after being taken advantage of one-too-many times) decided to branch out on her own.

This bio TV movie plays out some of the story of these Gossip Columnist giants. Each one wanted to get the BIG Scoop on the latest Hollywood scandal. These women worked very hard, working all of their contacts, to get the story.

Their mutual dislike for one another is well-portrayed. This movie shows the rush for fame quite well. I enjoyed the performance of Liz Taylor (as Hedda Hopper); she was perfect to play this larger-than-Life character. And, I liked Jane Alexander's role (as I enjoy most of her portrayals). There are many familiar faces in the cast (also a nice thing).


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