Tales from Tinseltown: 6 stories about making it in Hollywood

Gabby Torrenti, on

Published in Lifestyles

This collection of memoirs brings readers behind the scenes and into the lives of those brave souls who dared to make it in Hollywood. Delve into one of these books for endless laughs, inspiring stories and motivation to chase your big-screen dreams.

'This Will Only Hurt a Little' by Busy Philipps

This hilarious autobiography follows the life and career of Busy Philipps. After moving to Hollywood at age 19, she encountered an array of once-in-a-lifetime experiences and brings each to the pages of this memoir. Busy takes readers behind the scenes of Hollywood productions and into the hilarious theatrics of her everyday life. Told from an entertainer’s perspective, this book will have readers yearning for an encore performance.

'Little Miss Little Compton' by Arden Myrin

In this memoir, comedian Arden Myrin documents her transition from life in a small Rhode Island town to rubbing elbows with Hollywood royalty. She sites instances of feeling like her world was falling apart, juxtaposed with jokes and anecdotes to keep you laughing. Myrin’s memoir brings us along on her journey from grappling with her unconventional upbringing to kicking Courteney Cox in the face — truly the ride of a lifetime!

'He Put My Buddha in the Freezer' by Amy Karl

Amy Karl’s memoir chronicles a decade amid an A-list crowd and the lessons it taught her. After falling in love with talent agent Richard Berg, Karl straps in for the ride of her life and seeks to make it as a woman in a man’s world. She finds herself attending basketball games and yoga classes alongside some of the biggest names in the business, but some of Karl’s greatest discoveries are made in the last place she ever expected. Read along on this author’s journey through love, loss, pain and pleasure, with a hefty dose of laughs as well.


'Girl Walks Out of a Bar' by Lisa F. Smith

"Girl Walks Out of a Bar" recounts the author’s high-profile life and her struggle with addiction while in the public eye. She also touches on the drama of being a celebrity and the intense challenge of balancing both public and personal lives. This story seeks to show the reader that life in Hollywood is definitely not all glitz and glamour and breaks the stigma that celebrity life is all it’s cracked up to be.

"A Star is Bored" by Byron Lane

This “making it in Hollywood” story peeks behind the curtain at the life of an assistant to the stars. Lane documents his experience as the right-hand man and main confidante to some of the most famous starlets in Tinseltown, including the late Carrie Fisher. He also allows the reader to understand the struggles that come with playing this unique role. Lane delves into some celebrity secrets and explains what inspired him to step into the spotlight himself.

'Just the Funny Parts' by Nell Scovell

Scovell calls for gender diversity in Hollywood, specifically recounting her experience as one of very few women in the late-night writing sphere. Following the Letterman sex scandal, the author embarks on providing insights into navigating Hollywood as a woman among mostly men and offers insights on how to thrive in your workplace — even if it’s not a Hollywood soundstage. Scovell speaks on fighting her way to the top with humor and anecdotes to boot.

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