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Thu, 13 Apr 2006 11:24:53 -0700
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Dear Screen-L: 

The University of California Press  is pleased to announce the publication of:

Adventures of a Hollywood Secretary: Her Private Letters from Inside the Studios of the 1920s

Valeria Belletti was born in New Jersey on October 11, 1898, the only child of Italian immigrants. Before working for Samuel Goldwyn and Cecil B. DeMille in the mid-1920s, she was secretary to founder of the Theater Guild, Lawrence Langner, in Manhattan. Cari Beauchamp is the author of _Without Lying Down: Frances Marion and the Powerful Women of Early Hollywood_ (UC Press, 1998), editor of_ Anita Loos Rediscovered: Film Treatments and Fiction by Anita Loos, Creator of "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes"_ (UC Press, 2003), and coauthor of _Hollywood on the Riviera_ (1992). She is an Emmy nominated documentary film writer and lives in Los Angeles.

" . . . These letters make for some of the most fascinating reading about the goings on at the studios in one its greatest eras. Cari Beauchamp's editing provides a superb read, and is not to be missed by all who love and laugh at the world of movie-making."-Mary Lea Bandy, Chief Curator, Department of Film, The Museum of Modern Art, New York

_Adventures of a Hollywood Secretary _is an insider's view of the film studios of the 1920s-and the first from a secretary's perspective. Rich in gossip, it is also an eyewitness report of Hollywood in transition. In the summer of 1924, Valeria Belletti and her friend Irma visited California, but instead of returning home to New York, the twenty-six-year-old Valeria decided to stay in Los Angeles. She moved into the YWCA, landed a job as Samuel Goldwyn's personal and social secretary and proceeded to trip over history in the making. She writes of her living and working conditions, her active social life, and her hopes for the future-all the everyday concerns of a young working woman during the jazz age. Alternating sophistication with naiveté, Valeria's letters intimately document a personal journey while giving us a unique portrait of a fascinating era. 

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