Hollywood reporter Sylvia Resnick not only writes about the evolution of Hollywood heartthrobs, she lived it! (Learn more about Sylvia’s fascinating life in my review of her book, The Walton Family Cookbook.) Sylvia’s new book, The Evolution of the Hollywood Heartthrob, offers us a perspective of Hollywood that we may not have thought about, and one I found,, particularly intriguing.
As a young woman I swooned over the likes of Clark Gable, Tyrone Power (Zorro my very first fantasy super hero), Gregory Peck, Richard Burton, Tony Curtis, Paul Newman and Robert Redford, just to name a few. Growing up in the fifties, we were given a delightful array of charming male heartthrobs to fall in love with, while awaiting our own knight in shining armor to come along and swoop us off our feet.
The Big Screen world evolved before our very eyes. Most of us took it for granted. We were drawn in, mesmerized by the allure of the bigger than life characters that have now become a part of every day life, oblivious to how it would change our perspective on so many aspects of life. The Evolution of the Hollywood Heartthrob lays this evolution out for us in black and white. Looking through the lens of the men in our Hollywood lives, Sylvia takes us decade by decade, through the lives of the most enchanting of male actors, complete with photos, biographical information, facts, films, and bits of personal info that we likely did not know. An overview of the most significant world events lays the groundwork for each decade. It’s fascinating.
Sylvia’s new book is a great book to peruse on lazy weekend afternoon, or a snowy day like the one we have here today. I keep my copy close at hand on a table in my living room. It’s a perfect coffee table book, a conversation starter and a perfect gift for anyone who loves the movies, and who doesn’t!
The Evolution of the Hollywood Heartthrob is available on Amazon.