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Barbas, Samantha

Overview
Works: 9 works in 70 publications in 1 language and 5,306 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Biographies  History  Trials, litigation, etc  Trial and arbitral proceedings  Academic theses 
Roles: Author
Classifications: PN4874.P35, 070.44979143092
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Samantha Barbas
The first lady of Hollywood : a biography of Louella Parsons by Samantha Barbas( )

16 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 2,347 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Loved by fans for her "just folks," small-town image, Parsons became notorious within the film industry for her involvement in the suppression of the 1941 film Citizen Kane and her use of blackmail in service of Hearst's political and personal agendas. As she traces Parsons's life and career, Samantha Barbas situates Parson's experiences within the broader trajectory of Hollywood history, charting the rise of the star system and the complex interactions of publicity, journalism, and movie-making. The First Lady of Hollywood is both a chronicle of one of the most powerful women in American journalism and film and a penetrating analysis of celebrity culture and Hollywood power politics."--Jacket
Laws of image : privacy and publicity in America by Samantha Barbas( )

10 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 1,054 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Americans have long been obsessed with their images - their looks, public personas, and the impressions they make. This preoccupation has left its mark on the law. The twentieth century saw the creation of laws that protect your right to control, defend, and feel good about your public image. These include the legal actions for invasion of privacy, libel, and intentional infliction of emotional distress. With these laws came 'personal image litigation' - individuals suing to vindicate their image rights. Laws of Image tells the story of how Americans came to use the law to protect and manage their images, feelings, and reputations. In this cultural and legal history, Samantha Barbas ties the development of personal image law to the self-consciousness and image-consciousness that has become endemic in our media-saturated culture of celebrity and consumerism. The laws of image are the expression of a people who have become so publicity-conscious and self-focused that they believe they have a right to control their images - to manage and spin them like actors, politicians, and rock stars"--Unedited summary from book jacket
Newsworthy : the Supreme Court battle over privacy and press freedom by Samantha Barbas( )

9 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and held by 961 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1952, the Hill family was held hostage by escaped convicts in their suburban Pennsylvania home. The family of seven was trapped for nineteen hours by three fugitives who treated them politely, took their clothes and car, and left them unharmed. The Hills quickly became the subject of international media coverage. Public interest eventually died out, and the Hills went back to their ordinary, obscure lives. Until, a few years later, the Hills were once again unwillingly thrust into the spotlight by the media-with a best-selling novel loosely based on their ordeal, a play, a big-budget Hollywood adaptation starring Humphrey Bogart, and an article in Life magazine. Newsworthy is the story of their story, the media firestorm that ensued, and their legal fight to end unwanted, embarrassing, distorted public exposure that ended in personal tragedy. This story led to an important 1967 Supreme Court decision-Time, Inc. v. Hill-that still influences our approach to privacy and freedom of the press. Newsworthy draws on personal interviews, unexplored legal records, and archival material, including the papers and correspondence of Richard Nixon (who, prior to his presidency, was a Wall Street lawyer and argued the Hill family's case before the Supreme Court), Leonard Garment, Joseph Hayes, Earl Warren, Hugo Black, William Douglas, and Abe Fortas
Movie crazy : fans, stars, and the cult of celebrity by Samantha Barbas( Book )

16 editions published between 2001 and 2008 in English and held by 650 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Cecil B. DeMille, David Selznick, Louella Parsons, Joan Crawford - these legendary men and women built an empire called Hollywood. In Movie Crazy, meet another group of powerful players who shaped the film industry - movie fans. MGM, for example, struggled to find a screen name for an actress named Lucille LeSueur. A fan - one of thousands that responded to a contest sponsored by the studio - suggested Joan Crawford. Using fan club journals, fan letters, and studio production records, Samantha Barbas reveals how the passion, enthusiasm, and sometimes possessive advocacy of fans transformed early cinema, the modern mass media, and American popular culture." "Barbas sheds new light on the development of the cult of celebrity in America, and demonstrates that while fans were avid consumers of the film industry, they did not mindlessly accept the images presented to them by the studios. Rather, by writing letters, making visits to Hollywood, and organizing fan clubs, they sought to actively influence the ways in which studios created movie stars and packaged them to the public. Far from being passive viewers, fan reacted to movies and stars with excitement, anger, confusion, joy, and even boredom - they were often complex, and never predictable."--Jacket
Confidential Confidential : the inside story of Hollywood's notorious scandal magazine by Samantha Barbas( Book )

8 editions published in 2018 in English and held by 261 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

" In the 1950s, Confidential magazine, America's first celebrity scandal magazine, revealed Hollywood stars' secrets, misdeeds, and transgressions in gritty, unvarnished detail. Deploying a vast network of tipsters to root out scandalous facts about the stars, including sexual affairs, drug use, and sexual orientation, publisher Robert Harrison destroyed celebrities' carefully constructed images and built a media empire. Confidential became the bestselling magazine on American newsstands in the 1950s, surpassing Time, Life, and the Saturday Evening Post. Eventually the stars fought back, filing multimillion-dollar libel suits against the magazine. The state of California, prodded by the film studios, prosecuted Harrison for obscenity and criminal libel, culminating in a famous, star-studded Los Angeles trial. This is Confidential's story, detailing how the magazine revolutionized celebrity culture and American society in the 1950s and beyond. With its bold red-yellow-and-blue covers, screaming headlines, and tawdry stories, Confidential exploded the candy-coated image of movie stars that Hollywood and the press had sold to the public. It transformed Americans from innocents to more sophisticated, worldly people, wise to the phony and constructed nature of celebrity. It shifted reporting on celebrities from an enterprise of concealment and make-believe to one that was more frank, bawdy, and true. Confidential's success marked the end of an era of hush-hush--of secrets, closets, and sexual taboos--and the beginning of our age of tell-all exposure"--
Confidential confidential : the inside story of Hollywood's notorious scandal magazine by Samantha Barbas( )

4 editions published in 2018 in English and held by 18 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the 1950s, Confidential magazine, America's first celebrity scandal magazine, revealed Hollywood stars' secrets, misdeeds, and transgressions in gritty, unvarnished detail. Deploying a vast network of tipsters to root out scandalous facts about the stars, including their sexual affairs, drug use, and sexuality, publisher Robert Harrison destroyed celebrities' carefully constructed images and built a media empire. Confidential became the bestselling magazine on American newsstands in the 1950s, surpassing Time, Life, and the Saturday Evening Post. Confidential's spectacular rise was followed by an equally spectacular fall. Stars filed multimillion dollar libel suits against the magazine, and the state of California, prodded by the film studios, prosecuted its publisher for obscenity, culminating in a famous, star-studded Los Angeles trial in 1957. The lawsuits forced Confidential to end its scandalmongering, and stopped printing its sleazy gossip in 1958. However, the magazine's legacy lives on in our culture's obsession with gossip and celebrity scandal. This is Confidential's story, how the magazine revolutionized celebrity culture and American society in the 1950s and beyond
Movie crazy : stars, fans and the cult of celebrity, 1910-1950 by Samantha Barbas( )

4 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Movie Crazy: Stars, Fans and the Cult of Celebrity, 1910--1950" examines the activities, aspirations, and motivations of motion picture fans during Hollywood's golden era. Passionate about movies and deeply devoted to stars, fans participated in a wide range of activities. Some joined fan clubs and wrote letters to actors and studios. Others read gossip columns and fan magazines. Some were adults and others adolescents; some were male and many female. In spite of their diversity, however, fans had one thing in common. More than just spectators, they constantly tried to understand, influence, and participate in their favorite form of entertainment
Movie crazy : stars, fans, and the cult of celebrity by Samantha Barbas( )

2 editions published between 2002 and 2016 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Esquire case : a lost free speech landmark by Samantha Barbas( )

1 edition published in 2018 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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The first lady of Hollywood : a biography of Louella Parsons
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Movie crazy : fans, stars, and the cult of celebrityMovie crazy : stars, fans, and the cult of celebrity
Alternative Names
Barbas, Samantha Sumi 1972-

Languages
English (70)