Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

'Can You Ever Forgive Me?' Rights an Old Literary Wrong Film Critic Barry Paris Unwittingly Contributed to Lee Israel's Criminal Life

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

'Can You Ever Forgive Me?' Rights an Old Literary Wrong Film Critic Barry Paris Unwittingly Contributed to Lee Israel's Criminal Life

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Lee Israel never traveled far from her West Side apartment on 82nd Street for research - she didn't need to: The New York Public Library's Billy Rose Theatre Division, just a dozen or so blocks away from her at Lincoln Center, held everything she needed, including a treasure trove of 150 letters written by the iconic silent film actress Louise Brooks to her friend Herman G. Weinberg.

Those letters, written between 1962-1983, were totally unknown and untapped until the publication of my 1989 biography "Louise Brooks" (Alfred A. Knopf), in which they were quoted with meticulous attribution. Ms. Israel, an avowed fan of my book - or more accurately, of the information contained in it - made haste to the Billy Rose Collection to glean the Brooks letters for her own purposes, specifically for the "Joe Kennedy ruined Gloria Swanson" quote used in both her fabricated letters and in the script of the movie. …

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