I love studying Hollywood mostly old Hollywood. I enjoy studying the evolution of films and the life stories of many of Hollywoods best films actors such as Marlyn Monroe, Grace Kelly, Betty Davis, Audrey Hepburn, Kathrin Hepburn, Gene Kelly, Humphry Bogart, Clark Gable and many more. So when I found out there was a book that talked about old Holly from the perspective of an actor of that time you could imagine my excitement. Taylor Jenkin Reid book The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo takes you through the several decades of Hollywood from the perspective of sexpot star Evenly Hugo.
Meet Monique Grant a talented, no-name, rookie journalist in New York City trying to get ahead in her career. Monique was given the opportunity to interview famous actor/ bombshell Evenly Hugo who has lived in solitude for several years. From both Monique and Evenly perspective we get to learn about Evelyns life, her struggles fighting the Hollywood systems, and the secrets behind all seven of her marriages.
I enjoyed this book both characters were well written and I just loved Evelyns character so well written. It’s one of those wise sage gives life advice to a novice. However, a lot of the choices that Evelyn made someone would say immoral, but considering her circumstance her actions made sense; it was either do this or get walked all over. The story is from a flashback from the 1940’s all the way up to modern times. We also learned there is a connection between Monique and Evelyn.
The book does not just talk about Hollywood it’s also about ambition and sexuality. We learn about the attitude towards homosexuality and bisexuality over the many decades. Evelyn discusses her very open-ish sex life; her body being her biggest weapon that helped her stay afloat in her career. We also get to learn about Monique characters her ending marriage, coping with her father’s death, and trying to climb up the career ladder. These two women stories intertwining into one big knot.
I can go on about this book, but I am going to end it here. I did like this book and maybe in the future, I will read some other works of Taylor Jenkin Reids. Thank You.