The Inside Story on the World of GossipBook - 2000
A former correspondent for E! Television and New York< magazine's Intelligencer column presents fifty years of gossip in this directory of "dish," covering not only the private lives, scandals, and missteps of such figures as Elvis, Diana, and Michael Jackson, but also the behindthescenes publicists and journalists who stoke the American appetite for celebrity.
From Jeannette Walls, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Glass Castle, now a major motion picture, comes an incisive study of our obsession with gossip.
"A fascinating, dishy story." -Booklist
Gossip. It's more than just hearsay, society columns, and supermarket tabloids. It has, like it or not, become a mainstay of American pop culture. In Dish, industry insider Jeannette Walls gives this provocative subject its due, offering a comprehensive, serious exploration of gossip and its social, historical, and political significance. Examining the topic from the inside out, Walls looks at the players; the origins of gossip, from birth of People magazine to the death of Lady Di; and how technology including the Internet will continue to change the face gossip. As compelling and seductive as its subject matter, Dish brilliantly reveals the fascinating inner workings of a phenomenon that is definitely here to stay.
A history of celebrity gossip discusses watershed events and personalites, the history of tabloids, and how reporters and publicists control the public image of celebrities.