Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Hollywood Honcho Is Just Part Of The Family

EL DORADO HILLS, Calif. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – One author’s family tree has some terrific Tinseltown roots.

In The Father of Hollywood: The True Story (BookSurge), author Gaelyn Whitley Keith profiles Hobart Johnstone Whitley, a developer in the early 1900s who put Hollywood on the map – and who also happens to be her great-grandfather.

Hobart was responsible for bringing directors and producers to Hollywood, and was friends with Tinseltown titans like Charlie Chaplin, Jean Harlow and Rudolph Valentino, but according to Whitley Keith, Hobart was just a part of the family.

Whitley Keith says, “My mom always said he was this amazing person who built 140 towns and threw all these parties. As a kid, you just go, ‘Oh, it’s my family.’ But when I sat down to write, I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, he’s Superman!’”

And while he literally laid the foundation for modern-day Hollywood, Whitley Keith says her great-grandpa might have some reservations about today’s Hollywood hotshots.

She says, “His one concern was that stars got more attention than college professors or politicians. Now, he’d probably go, ‘What happened to the world?’ Why are people not reading good books?’”

The Father of Hollywood is on shelves now.

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