The Press: Through a Keyhole Darkly

In the spring of 1948, two formidable ladies met over a luncheon table at Romanoff's restaurant in Hollywood. "When she walked in," recalls one of the other, "every chin in the place dropped. Hasty telephone calls brought in a mob of patrons. Nobody moved until we left arm in arm two hours later." After a decade of scorched-earth warfare, Louella ("Lollipop") Parsons had sat down to public lunch with her rival, Hedda Hopper.

The entente cordiale did not last, of course—as Hedda makes abundantly clear in a newly released confessional. The Whole Truth and...

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