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Bette, Audrey, Angelina, Julia, Gwyneth-and now Allegra. In this first novel, veteran journalist and experienced celebrity profiler Sherrill (Washington Post, Vanity Fair, Esquire, etc.) brilliantly dissects the vicissitudes of fame and the absurdities of Hollywood idol worship. Sherrill's "It" girl, Allegra Coleman, believes she's creating her stardom herself-"Acting is mostly... having the balls to stay still and not move and letting the camera stare at you like some kind of pervert"-and is AWOL from her obligations at Cosmos Studios. With her on the road is jaded journalist Clementine James, who is doing her absolutely last celebrity profile for Flame, a popzine that she wants to abandon for life on a horse farm with her lover, Ned. Their trip stretches on and on-until a car crash brings it to a screeching halt. When Clementine awakens at the accident scene, she's lost an eye and Allegra's vanished. The world becomes obsessed with Allegra's fate while Clementine, the last person to see her alive, finds herself caught up in a media feeding frenzy. Vigils, air kisses with celebrities, endless gifts, interviews, photo ops and even a one-night stand with Allegra's TV star ex-boyfriend threaten to turn Clementine into a pop icon herself until mysterious "visits" from glamorous movie stars-Dorothy Lamour, Gloria Swanson, Loretta Young, Marion Davies, Myrna Loy and Tallulah Bankhead-teach her the fickleness of celluloid celebrity. It's popcorn parody for the soul, with plenty of butter. Extra perk: a fun "Filmography" glosses movies mentioned in the text.
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Fed up with her manipulative editor, entertainment journalist Clementine James is packing up to move to her boyfriend's Virginia farm when Flame Magazine asks her to write an in-depth profile of captivating actress Allegra Coleman. When their interview ends in a car crash, Clementine awakes to find herself a celebrity. Allegra has vanished, and Clementine was the last person to see her. Allegra's disappearance catapults her into instant superstardom. Flame produces an "All-Allegra" issue, Allegra Web sites spring up overnight, and a candlelight vigil attracts the likes of John Travolta and Snoop Dogg. Meanwhile, sirens of Hollywood's past visit Clementine, smoking endless cigarettes and dispensing advice about men, movies, and the uncertain rewards of fame. With a less skilled writer, this device could get tiresome, but Sherrill makes these passages humorous and affecting. Jaded by L.A., skeptical of preening actors, Clementine is nevertheless--like us--in thrall to the movies and the larger-than-life personalities on screen. Sherrill has crafted an absorbing, note-perfect examination of Hollywood's culture of stardom, and film aficionados will savor the many cinematic references. Meredith Parets
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