Books: Shedunit DEADLY ILLUSIONS by Samuel Marx and Joyce Vanderveen

Random House; 271 pages; $19.95

DEADLY ILLUSIONS by Samuel Marx and Joyce Vanderveen

Random House; 271 pages; $19.95

Old-time Hollywood sometimes seems to have almost as many closeted skeletons as the Kremlin. Consider now the luxuriant scandal surrounding Paul Bern, an MGM producer who was found shot to death in 1932 shortly after his marriage to his prize star, Jean Harlow. A suicide note apologized for "the frightful wrong I have done you." MGM boss Louis B. Mayer tried to protect Harlow by spreading the word that Bern had been impotent and killed himself in shame. After a minimal investigation, the coroner's jury declared that Bern...

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