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Darwin Porter - Can we believe what he writes? ⋆ Historian Alan Royle
Darwin Porter (1937 – ) I doubt if there are many more controversial contemporary writers than Darwin Porter. His supporters believe he is telling the real story of Hollywood in its so-called Golden Age; his detractors consider him to be little more than a peddler of sleazy gossip. I do not know the man, but I imagine an accurate assessment rests somewhere between the two extremes. With that in mind I thought it might be of interest to look at his origins, especially in regard to his myriad tales of behind-the-scenes Hollywood. Where do they come from? What are (or were) his connections to the stars he writes about? So, here is a brief list of the individuals who he says helped him to gather information over the course of his life. It is not a definitive list by any stretch of the imagination. Hundreds of lesser lights have contributed a recollection here, an anecdote there, all of which he inevitably recorded in his journals. Whether we believe the man or not, he appears to have enjoyed a long association with an extraordinary number of people in the movie business. How much of what he claims they related to [...]