Secret Celebrity

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Riverhead Books, 2002 - Fiction - 295 pages
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Can a girl in Hollywood ever trust her girlfriends not to sleep with her famous boyfriend? What's the fastest route out of the life slump that particularly afflicts thirty-five-year-olds who've already done a decade in the "the business"? Should PDPs (Public Displays of Privacy) be outlawed? And what is a "secret celebrity" anyway? Carol Wolper answers these and other burning questions in this sharp-eyed and sly novel, the perfect follow-up to her bestselling "The Cigarette Girl."
"Secret Celebrity" tells the story of Christine Chase, a thirty-five-year-old filmmaker who is seeking deliverance from ambivalence about everything in her personal and professional life via her latest documentary subject: Richard Gault, a famously elusive, mythically cool cultish actor/musician who went underground in the seventies rather than sell out.
In the process of searching out her secret celebrity and discovering how the legend was born, Christine learns a lot about the kind of people willing to pay the steep price of fame, those who'll pay anything just to trail in its wake, and the kind of people you couldn't pay enough. . . .
Achingly inside, hilariously acute, and right on the money, "Secret Celebrity" is a novel that sends up our celeb-obsessed culture.

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Cigarette Girl Wolper revisits Hollywood with this story of a thirtysomething filmmaker trying to pull together both her professional and her personal lives. Read full review


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Carol Wolper got her start in Hollywood working for producers Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer. In 1999, her debut novel "The Cigarette Girl "became a national bestseller that was translated into seven languages. Carol has written pilot scripts for ABC, CBS, FX, HBO, and Warner Brother Studio. She has written for "Vogue", "Los Angeles Magazine "(where she had her own column), "C"" magazine, "L.A. Confidential", "Art Basel Magazine, "and the "Los Angeles Times "Sunday magazine.

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