Good Gossip Never Gets Old

Star-studier Anne Helen Petersen on old-school scandal

Admit it. You want to know where this guy's been.
Admit it. You want to know where this guy's been. (image courtesy of thehairpin.com)

Like the little fizzing thrill that accompanies a good gossip fix, but not the dirty feeling after? Austin's Anne Helen Petersen gives great gossip – witty, informed, yet informal – in a new-ish series called Scandals of Classic Hollywood at the Hairpin.

"Sure, it was smoke and mirrors, and if you pay me $10, I’ll write you a solid Marxist critique of Hollywood Stars as New Opiate of the Masses," Petersen writes in her dish on Clark Gable, posted this week.

Petersen has already been running critical – but totally readable! – commentary over on her own site, Celebrity Gossip, Academic Style, which the Chronicle profiled back in October, but the Scandals series is great all-access writing to old-school stars like Robert Mitchum, Ingrid Bergman, and Clara Bow. Steamy stuff, but, hey – it's history.

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