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The Glamour and Glitz of Hollywood... Is It Gone?

Has Hollywood changed with the times? The Hollywood of years gone by was all about glitz and glamor. The movie stars embodied the very definition of glamour, sophistication, dignity, while the movie production houses made sure to protect this image, covering up the indescretions and human frailities of its stars.  Movie stars were up on the ivory pedestal, serenaded by a favorable press that tried to protect them as institutions -- e.g. Cary Grant, Joan Crawford, Betty Davis, Gary Cooper, Audrey Hepburn, Ava Gardner, Clarke Gable, Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Becall on and on and on....

Today, Hollywood is much different.  Stars have every move documented on television, in tabloids, over the internet.  There's nowhere to escape. No one really protects their image, and their PR people seem to always be doing damage control. Even though they may be glammed out for the numerous award shows -- and there is still the Red Carpet and lavish gowns and tuxes -- has Hollywood lost all the glitz and glam of the bygone era? Have the escapades of the stars ruined the institution of Hollywood?

Reckoning Results!
Still Glamorous!
No Longer Glamorous!
Thanks, Vanity Fair!
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Reckoning Comments!

I'd say that old-school glamour is gone, and I'm not sure that's really a bad thing.

When I think of old-school glamour, I think about Clark Gable drunk driving his way into half the trees in Beverly Hills.  Or about whatever the heck Joan Crawford was up to.  The only way to preserve glamour is through selective ignorance and the collaboration of the press, and I'm not too keen on either of those things.

I would agree that it's good that the Hollywood glamour is gone ("glamour", not "glamor"), and that's good, but at the same time, our fascination with celebrities is worse than ever.

@Michael Clem

Good catch -- Reckonbot just did a little spelling correction for the OP's title.

That's true -- our fascination is still rampant.  It's just now dedicated more to breaking celebrities down and celebrating their problems instead of building them up and celebrating their grace.  The absolute value of our interest is actually increasing, it seems.

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