REVIEW AND GIVEAWAY – Hollywood Stories

by Valerie, Mom Knows It All

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  • Author: Stephen Schochet
  • Hardcover: 324 pages
  • Publisher: BCH Fulfillment & Distribution; 1 edition (June 28, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780963897275
  • ISBN-13: 978-0963897275
  • ASIN: 0963897276


After collecting literally hundreds of vintage tales of Hollywood legends over the years, Stephen Schochet not only wrote a book that everyone could enjoy on the glamorous, and not so glamorous, stories of Hollywood icons, but also created audiobooks. As explained in an interview with Reuters, this entrepreneur told two kinds of stories on his tour bus; origin stories – telling how things we take for granted came to be, and funny anecdotes. He not only read a lot of books to find his material, but also tried to meet people who were connected to the famous – like housekeepers – that he could garner some tidbits from! His book is a special blend of biography, history and legends and covers scandalous yarns on some of Hollywood’s greatest characters – from Shirley Temple and Lucille Ball to Charlie Chaplin, Walt Disney and Michael Jackson.

Hollywood Stories: Short, Entertaining Anecdotes About the Stars and Legends of the Movies! (Hollywood Publishing) is packed with wild and wonderful short tales on many famous stars, movies and directors – anyone who has been a part of the world’s most fascinating and unpredictable industry!

The author covers the gamut when it comes to situational stories; from the one about a bus full of tourists at Universal Studies who were viewing the famous motel from the movie Psycho and who screamed in terror as a tall man, dressed in drag, carrying a large knife and looking remarkably like Norman Bates, charged the tram with a convincing maniacal expression– only to find out it was actor Jim Carrey having some fun – to the story of how Walt Disney overprotected his two daughters from the limelight in fear of their being kidnapped, to the point that when one daughter found out from a classmate that her father was THE Walt Disney, she went home and asked for his autograph!

Hollywood Stories truly has something for everyone. It is a thoroughly entertaining book that features a remarkable cast of Hollywood’s legendary characters and icons and is jam-packed with surprising and funny tales with often unpredictable endings. No matter which page the book is opened on, there will be some fascinating part of Hollywood history to be savored!


I received a copy of Hollywood Stories. Chapters include Great Hollywood Comedians, Science Fiction And Horror, Oscar Tales, Great Hollywood Anecdotes, Western Vignettes, Walt Disney Stories, Moguls And Directors, Silents To Talkies, Television Tales, Singers And Dancers, Drinking Tales, Miscellaneous Hollywood Stories, and Leading Men And Leading Ladies Lore. I love that the book isn’t one long story but rather, that’s it’s just a bunch of short stories grouped into categories. This is the perfect kind of book to read in bits and pieces, and great for when you want to relax and not think too much about a storyline. This book would be appreciated by anyone who enjoys celebrity stories or just those who enjoy some light reading.


About The Author

Schochet is also the author and narrator of two audiobooks. The first is Tales of Hollywood which started as a way to highlight the origins of how famous things in Hollywood began, combined with humorous tales about the stars – for which he masterfully provided background music and sound effects to add realism. The second project, Fascinating Walt Disney, was a huge hit – telling stories of how Walt created Mickey Mouse, Disneyland, Snow White and all his endearing characters, causing the host of one radio show to dub Schochet ‘The best storyteller about Hollywood we have ever heard.’

The author’s website is


ONE winner will receive a copy of Hollywood Stories.


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pat.navymom June 23, 2011 - 9:03 am

I would read this one surely. Love Hollywood and its aura.

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I would like to read about Cary Grant or Elizabeth Taylor

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I’d like to read about Bruce Willis. Please enter me. Thanks!


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Vicki Wurgler June 25, 2011 - 8:49 am

Lucille Ball – I loved to watch her show

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Ruth Hill June 25, 2011 - 11:49 am

I am a Hollywood junkie–old time that is. I would love to read a story about Cary Grant.

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