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Royals and the Spirit World

Throughout history, royals who have explored Eastern religions, astrology, mysticism, and occultism have been mocked and even imprisoned for their beliefs.
Old Hollywood Book Club

Mirror Images: Marlene Dietrich Through Her Daughter’s Eyes

In Marlene Dietrich: A Life, the icon’s daughter, Maria Riva, paints a damning portrait of the screen siren who raised her.
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A Brief History of Royals in Disgrace

While what is considered disgraceful behavior has fluctuated wildly over time, the appetite for punishment remains. 
Old Hollywood Book Club

Made for Each Other: Clark Gable and Carole Lombard’s Real Romance

A pair of biographical books paint a full picture of the legendary couple’s sweeping, tragically short-lived marriage.
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A Brief History of Royal Trolls 

Dating all the way back to the 16th century, family, and former friends and lovers have proved to be formidable foes, out for money, revenge, or their time in the spotlight. 
Old Hollywood Book Club

The Burden of Brilliance: Nina Simone’s Tortured Talent

Together, Simone’s autobiography I Put a Spell on You and Alan Light’s biography What Happened, Miss Simone? elucidate an anguished genius.
Old Hollywood Book Club

All-American Girl: Doris Day’s Deceptively Sunny Life

Doris Day: Her Own Story and Doris Day: The Untold Story of the Girl Next Door explore the inner depths of the eternally approachable star—including her exploitative marriages, her family’s racist past, and her unwitting connection to Charles Manson.
Old Hollywood Book Club

The Book of Barrymore: Acting’s Royal Family, in Their Own Words

Inside John, Ethel, Lionel, Diana, and Drew Barrymore’s memoirs, which chart the triumphs and tragedies of their legendary clan.
Old Hollywood Book Club

Big Bad Jane: Jane Russell’s Book of Praise

The always-entertaining Jane Russell dished on everyone from Marilyn Monroe to Robert Mitchum in her unpretentious, empathetic 1985 autobiography, My Path and My Detours.
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Camilla: The Controversial Figure Who May Become Queen 

As talk of succession looms, will the British public come to accept Camilla as its queen? 
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Jewels, Fabergé Eggs, and a Singing Toy Hamster: How the Royals Give and Receive Holiday Gifts

Even for the monarchy, the gifts that meant the most were personal, sentimental ones from friends and family. 
Old Hollywood Book Club

The Beautiful Brilliance of Hedy Lamarr

Lamarr was a gifted inventor as well as a screen siren—though you wouldn’t know it from Ecstasy and Me, the torrid “autobiography” that ruined her life.
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Collector or Thief? Inside Queen Mary’s Royal Collections

Queen Mary of Teck was such an avid collector there’s scarcely a piece of furniture in a royal residence that doesn’t have a label written in the old queen’s hand.  
Old Hollywood Book Club

The Last Cavalier: Christopher Plummer’s Mildly Wicked Life

In Spite of Myself: A Memoir recounts the legendary actor’s major and minor sins—including his bad behavior while making The Sound of Music.
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The Story Behind Prince Harry’s Democratic Roots

Harry’s quest for a life away from the royal spotlight began with Princess Diana teaching her son the importance of connecting with commoners.
Old Hollywood Book Club

Gloria Swanson Was More Than Ready for Her Close-Up

In her delicious (and slightly catty) autobiography Swanson on Swanson, the icon opened up about her feud with Charlie Chaplin, her dalliance with Joe Kennedy, and the golden handcuffs of Sunset Boulevard.
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The “Princess Philosopher” Who Isn’t Technically a Princess: Charlotte Casiraghi of Monaco

Cofounder of a philosophical think tank and a Karl Lagerfeld muse, Princess Grace’s granddaughter is the ultimate multihyphenate.
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The Tortured History of the Royal Spare

From King John to Prince Harry, not being first in the line of succession to the British throne comes with its own struggles.
Old Hollywood Book Club

Unlucky Star: The Brief, Bombastic Life of Rudolph Valentino

The silent-film heartthrob’s short but extraordinary career is retold in delicious detail in Emily W. Leider’s Dark Lover: The Life and Death of Rudolph Valentino.
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A Brief History of Royal Spies 

“Palace intrigue” takes on a whole new meaning when some royals are working as spies.