Howard Hughes, Karina Longworth, Hollywood discussed on I Think You're Interesting
Hello. And welcome to. I think you're interesting on Todd Vandort. The I I think interesting and this week's guest is one of my podcast heroes. I listened to every episode of her show. I love what she does. And how she's carved out his base for herself in the podcast and game. And you know, if you've read the title of this episode, you know, that her name is Karina Longworth. She's the host of you must. Remember, this wonderful podcast about sort of these hidden stories behind the history of Hollywood, she delves into all of their like tales that were told at the time that we're sort of being covered up in the gossip magazines if you will and she has done in essence, what is incredibly in depth dive into the world of old Hollywood in her new book seduction, which just sort of a blown away by I think it's one of the best non fiction type of the year the books about Howard Hughes. Who's sort of us. Of course, was this famous extremely rich, man. He was an aviator. He was a business tycoon, and he was a movie producer of sorts. He's perhaps more famous now for the way he died, which was an extreme isolation and become a recluse and clearly had some undiagnosed mental health issues going on. But during his heyday, Howard Hughes was one of the most powerful figures in Hollywood. And what's interesting about carino's book is the way that she uses Hughes as a prism not just for Hollywood. But for all of these women who came in contact with him some of them came away, you know, better off for having met him like Katherine Hepburn was someone that he was he was very close to for a while. And she obviously had a wonderful career. But a lot of them had their lives essentially ruined by Howard Hughes. And what I love about Green's book is the way that she focuses on these women not as. Pursuits of Hughes as women that he vetted in his sort of playboy image. But as people who had their lives really destroyed by what Hughes did. And I think that that is a really fascinating way to reframe this idea of the billionaire playboy, which is so prevalent in our culture. And anyway, I recommend the book even if you like turn out the episode right now, you should go get the book. But I think the Carina had some really fascinating things to say about Hollywood about these women about Howard Hughes and about like the ways that these systems that he helped perpetuate continue to this day. It's a really fascinating discussion. I could've talked to her for three hours more. So anyway, stick around. I think you're gonna like it. Karina longworth. Thank you for joining us. Thanks for having me. So obviously like the book is about Howard Hughes, but it's about him through sort of a different prism. But for all of our listeners who maybe don't know who Howard Hughes's, which is probably a fair amount of people. Sadly, kind of tell us who the guy was and what this book what prisonment looks at him through. Born in nineteen o five and he was the son of a guy who invented a new drill bit, which basically made drilling for oil much easier, and he became very rich off of this. And then his dad both of his parents died when he was a teenager. So Howard Hughes inherited his father's company and his estate. So he basically can I swear on this swear? So he had he was like a twenty year old kid with fuck you money, and he could do anything he wanted. And when he decided to do was moved to Houston move from Houston to Hollywood, and he wanted to become the greatest motion picture producer of all time as well. As edit the greatest aviator and the greatest Gulf player, and he stopped playing golf, but he got pretty close on the nation front at least like four his era. And then he continued to dabble in making movies from about nineteen twenty five until about the end of the nineteen fifties and over that course of time he had a lot of relationships with a lot of actresses. And he also got into a. A lot of plane crashes and had a lot of head injuries. And especially from the nineteen forties on became increasingly eccentric. And now it's easy to see was suffering from probably mental problems that stemmed from these head injuries. I wasn't alive for the end of his life..