Letters from Hollywood Inside the Private World of Classic American Moviemaking

Letters from Hollywood

Inside the Private World of Classic American Moviemaking

By Rocky Lang and Barbara Hall
Foreword by Peter Bogdanovich


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  • Publication Date: September 10, 2019
  • Imprint: Abrams Books
  • Trim Size: 8 x 11
  • ISBN: 9781419738098
  • Page Count: 352
  • Rights: World English

“Compiled by producer Rocky Lang and film historian Barbara Hall, features five decades of correspondence from the likes of Greta Garbo, Alfred Hitchcock, Cary Grant, Jane Fonda, Henry Fonda, John Wayne, Katharine Hepburn, Tom Hanks, Bela Lugosi and Frank Sinatra.” —Los Angeles Times

Movie fans and film historians will celebrate the treasure trove of rare notes, memos, and telegrams from Hollywood’s Golden Age in Letters from Hollywood.

Here, reproduced in full color, are scores of entertaining and insightful pieces of correspondence from some of the most notable and talented film industry names of all time—from the silent era to the golden age and up through the pre-email days of the 1970s. Through intimate messages exchanged between colleagues, friends, lovers, and rivals, larger-than-life movie giants come alive here.

Culled from libraries, archives, and personal collections, the 135 letters, memos, and telegrams are organized chronologically and annotated by the authors to provide backstories and further context. While each piece reveals a specific moment in time, taken together, the letters convey a bigger picture of Hollywood history.

Contributors include celebrities like Greta Garbo, Alfred Hitchcock, Humphrey Bogart, Frank Sinatra, Katharine Hepburn, Marlon Brando, Elia Kazan, Cary Grant, Francis Ford Coppola, Tom Hanks, and Jane Fonda. Hollywood’s great stars are revealed here in a way you have never seen them before.

Together, the correspondence offers a fascinating history of bygone, though definitely not forgotten, eras of American moviemaking.


"This is, quite simply, one of the finest books I’ve ever read about Hollywood."
Leonard Maltin

About the authors

Rocky Lang is an author who has produced, written, and directed motion pictures, documentaries, and television programs. Barbara Hall is a film historian and researcher who has worked as an archivist at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Writers Guild Foundation, and the Art Directors Guild. They both live in Los Angeles.