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Hollywood babylon--it's back


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Marilyn Monroe (Kornman/AP)

Thursday, May 15, 2008, 10:44 PM

There are many ways to measure talent in Hollywood. But for the authors of "Hollywood Babylon: It's Back," size is everything.

Borrowing the title of filmmaker Kenneth Anger's classic scandal bible, authors Danforth Prince and Darwin Porter have dared to publish the pictures and stories too explicit and actionable for even the pulpiest supermarket tabloids.

Among those featured in full-frontal shots are Mick Jagger, Daniel Radcliffe, Ewan McGregor, John Malkovich, James Woods, Richard Gere and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. We leave it to you to decide whether all the snaps are authentic.

The authors also write about the reputed size of many other stars in the book, due June 1. Johnny Depp was known as "donkey d-", they say. Sean Connery posed nude for art studies, and one student said:"It was the biggest I've ever seen. It made me drop my charcoal pencil."

Dishing with abandon, the authors spare no one - especially not the dead, who can't sue. Lack of sources don't stop them from claiming:

Marilyn Monroe had an affair with Ronald Reagan. The authors also claim Monroe had a tryst with Joan Crawford but refused to make it an ongoing affair. "She had bad breath," Monroe allegedly told roommate Shelly Winters. "Besides, she wanted to do things to me that no woman should do to another woman."

James Dean showed a disconcerting interest in a 12-year-old boy in the early 1950s. Director Elia Kazan believed the tale: "I've known many actors who have been twisted up in their sex lives, but never anybody as sick and unhealthy as Dean was."

Elvis Presley had a gay old time with Nick Adams, who played Johnny Yuma in the hit TV series "The Rebel."

Lucille Ball launched herself into show business as a hooker, and her husband Desi Arnaz had a fling with Cesar Romero.

Cary Grant had an incestuous relationship with his stepson, Lance Reventlow.

Sir Winston Churchill got "musical" with actor and songwriter Ivor Novello.

Strange things happened to Judy Garland's body (this in the chapter on "Fan Worship and Necrophilia").

Police believed Bette Davis killed her second husband, Arthur Farnsworth, by hitting him on the head and causing a hemorrhage that lead to his death two weeks later. But a grand jury - six men who confessed to being ardent fans - found her innocent.


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