Platinum Girl: The Life and Legends of Jean Harlow
My first book, an attempt (successful, I hope) to wade through the rumors and tabloid stories published on Jean Harlow after her death. With the help of her family and friends, and previously unused documents and sources, here is a three-dimensional, sympathetic but clear-eyed portrait of one of the smartest comic actresses and nicest gals in 1930s Hollywood.
"Something to lay by your silver bowl for after - dinner mints... Golden writes clean, plain prose, no detail silver - framed, and lets her vibrant subject shine through on her own." — The Hollywood Reporter
"Very Cool." — Interview
"What a joy it is... A lovely book, and I know Miss Harlow would be pleased with it, too." — Lillian Gish
Jean Harlow between takes of Dinner at Eight, 1933
Vamp: The Rise and Fall of Theda Bara
The first biography of the movies’ first femme fatale—a smart, funny, highly educated woman who was not destroyed by her sex-symbol reputation. After playing Cleopatra, Camille, Salome and du Barry, she went on to live a long, happy life out of the limelight.
"A gripping, fabulous account of a glittering era, told by a fine storyteller whose characters were (incredibly) totally true." — The Book Reader
"Incisive and insightful... Golden displays commendably sure - footed scholarship in tracking her subject, separating the facts from the fanciful fiction." — The Newark Star Ledger
"Long overdue. Great reading about Hollywood's first great superstar." — Syracuse Cinephile Society