Hollywood's Eve by Lili Anolik

Hollywood's Eve

Los Angeles in the 1960s and 70s was the pop culture capital of the world—a movie factory, a music factory, a dream factory. Eve Babitz was the ultimate factory girl, a pure product of LA.The goddaughter of Igor Stravinsky and a graduate of Hollywood High, Babitz posed in 1963, at age twenty, playing chess with the French artist Marcel Duchamp. She was naked; he was not. The photograph, cheesecake with a Dadaist twist, made her an instant icon ...

Details Hollywood's Eve

TitleHollywood's Eve
Release DateJan 8th, 2019
GenreNonfiction, Biography, Biography Memoir, History

Reviews Hollywood's Eve

  • Tammy
    This is an expanded version of Anolik’s Vanity Fair article. There is a good bit of information about the author’s pursuit of Babitz and some interesting observations about Joan Didion. It’s a solid biography if you haven’t read the article. If you have read it there isn’t much that is new.
  • Eleanore
    "On the one hand, how great, new fans for Eve, and who cares if they were fans for the wrong reasons, and is there such a thing as a wrong reason, and bless their ingenuous little hearts in any case. On the other hand, though, Jesus fucking Christ. And as they talked, I'd nod and make appropriate remarks, all the while internally sighing and muttering sarcastic comments to myself. Because unh-uh, because give me a break, because absolutely not. E...
  • Michelle
    In 2012, after several unsuccessful attempts were made to contact the reclusive Eve Babitz, who was living forgotten in obscurity in her West Hollywood condo—biographer Lili Anolik was finally rewarded for her persistence and began meeting Babitz for occasional lunch dates. “Hollywood’s Eve: Eve Babitz and the Secret History of L.A.” (2019) recalls the life and times of Eve Babitz (1943-) and the story of Anolik’s passion and fascinatio...
  • Bree Hill
    I can’t remember the last time, if there ever was a time that I’ve read a biography and if this is in deed my first, I’m glad it was.I’ve never read anything by Eve Babitz. Shamefully, Sex and Rage has been sitting unread on my shelf for about 7 months, but this biography was such a joy to listen to that I want to binge as much as I can by her now.Listening to this on audio transported me to the late 60s and 70s Hollywood.. a time and pla...
  • Meg
    WELL I READ THAT IN A SITTING.It seems like two summers ago, everyone on Bookstagram and on book Twitter was talking about Eve Babitz. The more I read about her from the people I followed, the more I wanted to know who she was through her writing. I purchased Sex & Rage in the fall of 2017 (and, shamefully, still haven't read it), and I bought Eve's Hollywood this past fall at Strand Bookstore in New York City while I was there visiting a friend....
  • Don
    This is a terrible book. It is about half gushing over over babitz and her at best mediocre writings as if they were creative gems and blistering the overrated Joan Didion, particularly for her Play It As It Lays. She praises bibitz beauty, especially when she was young, but the photos of Babitz belie that praise. Babitz was a Hollywood groupie who had sex with many notables, including the overrated Jim morrison and dozens of hollywood lounge liz...
  • Britta Böhler
    More fan-nonfiction than a biography, but I found the mix of the author's personal point of view, interviews and biographical snippets very fitting for the subject in question, and also a highly enjoyable read.
  • Emma Kearney
    For all my feminism and constant work to undo internalized misogyny, I still struggle with unlikable women. Perhaps more than anything, I want to be likable. And I love to dole out compliments to my female friends that are overblown, commenting on their kindness and sweetness. Eve Babitz is not likable, but she is a genius. Practicing sitting with her is a helpful, if uncomfortable exercise. Babitz is like Lana del Rey (also a genius), but it isn...
  • Lorri Steinbacher
    Guys, this book! It’s sex and art and celebrity before it was tainted by the internet. It’s 60’s and 70’s Hollywood. Names you know (Harrison Ford makes sense to me now) and names you won’t (but wished you could have partied with). Eve Babitz is Joan Didion but with grit and a beating heart and a DGAF attitude. Recommend
  • Y (Bookiful.life)
    This was written by a contributing editor at Vanity Fair, who became obsessed with Babitz sometime before 2012. She became so fascinated with Babitz that she ended up doing a bunch of research on her and writing a featured article for Vanity Fair in 2014, which is what prompted the reissuing of Babitz's work two years later by NYRB.In this book, Anolik adds on more info on Babitz, and though I am grateful for ANY new info on Babitz, none really f...
  • Liz Pardey
    I was so looking forward to reading this book -- and it mostly lived up to my expectations. Of course I was an Eve-ite. She is the tragi-comic heroine of her own story. In case you missed it, Eve grew up in the Los Angeles of the 60s and 70s; in fact it could be said she WAS LA in the 60s and 70s --- knowing everyone and very close to some -- Jim Morrison, Ahmet Ertegun, Paul Ruscha (brother of Ed). She was, as Anolik points out, the perfect cour...
  • Kevin
    Before she became an artist and author ("Slow Days, Fast Company"), Eve Babitz was a party girl par excellence. Carousing with artists, actors and musicians came naturally to her: Eve's mother was an artist; her father was a movie musician; and her godfather was composer Igor Stravinsky. In 1963, when she was 20, she gained notoriety when for an art exhibit she posed for a nude photograph playing chess with artist Marcel Duchamp. She was sexually...
  • Jamele (BookswithJams)
    Lili Anolik gives us what we have been missing regarding the life of Eve Babitz, along with a bonus glimpse into L.A. during one of its most glamorous time periods, the 60's. I loved every bit of this, she painted perfectly the setting, and the format was ideal to convey Eve's history, first as a 'groupie' and then later on as a writer. I did not know who she was prior to reading this book, but by the end, I understood why the author was so enamo...
  • Sally Anne
    Not very deep or original, but very useful in filling in some of the LA scene history.
  • Matthew Wilder
    Breezy and exhilarating critical biography cum first person stream of consciousness on the forgotten and remembered doyenne of counterculture Hollywood.
  • Jennifer
    I can’t even with this book. Babitz is what Didion doesn’t allow herself to be and she is better for it. There I said it. So many more thoughts but they are better suited for Tumblr and all caps texting to friends.
  • Justine Smith
    “Obsession has its privileges.”Lili Anolik’s ‘Hollywood’s Eve: Eve Babitz and the Secret History of L.A.’ is honest in a way only an obsessive account of someone’s life and art can be. Eve, whose presence and voice is so large, could have easily drowned out a meeker writer but feels fleshed out bouncing around Anolik’s head. Anolik not only has a great voice but a talent for recognizing great moments and phrases. Peppered througho...
  • Cassie
    Thank you Scribner for sending me a free copy of this fascinating chronicle of Eve Babitz’s life and Los Angeles in the 1960s/1970s. It publishes next week on the 8th!I had a debacle when deciding to read this one: I have two Eve books on my shelf, Black Swans and LA Woman, that I haven’t read yet. In fact, I haven’t read any of Eve’s work, though I’ve been meaning to. Instead of reading her books first, I decided to pick this up, feeli...
  • Judith
    I love Eve Babitz. I’ve read and reread her early works and think that she had excellent insight into the workings of the Hollywood/Los Angeles scene. So I was prepared to enjoy Hollywood’s Eve, but ended up hating it. The parts directly pertaining to Ms. Babitz were good, but the author’s constant options were just dreadful. The author had no experience in the world of sex, drugs and rock and roll and was so out of her element that I almos...
  • Gina
    I liked this because I love Babitz's work, and I love a dishy, gushy biography too. There's much here that I also didn't care for (Anolik is at her best when she's following a story or series of them rather than analyzing or theorizing), though I appreciated the way this book openly embraced being a an out-and-out fan as a position from which to write. If you enjoy Babitz, Jean Stein's oral histories, Pamela Des Barres' memoirs etc you will defin...
  • Nancy Gates
    Hollywood's Eve, the new bio of Eve Babitz by Lili Anolik. So blessed in the beginning: Eve was the IT girl of '60s and '70s LA. Her dad was a studio musician, her godfather was Stravinsky, she was gorgeous and, as she often boasts "stacked". Her initial claim to fame was posing nude with Marcel DuChamp as they played chess. Eve also turned out to be a brilliant observer and a snarky, zesty essayist. Her books Eve's Hollywood and Slow Days, Fast ...
  • Amelia
    Everyone close to Eve (and still living), including Eve herself, participated in the writing of this book and is quoted frequently and at length. For that reason, and that reason only, it's worth reading.
  • Bob
    Anolik would probably be delighted to learn that I read all of Babitz' books, pretty much as they came out, beginning with Slow Days, Fast Company (it had been remaindered at the bookstore where I worked and I was seduced by the cartoon dog on the cover -- a Saluki, as she points out, and not a Dachshund as I had thought.) I thought her voice was one of the most remarkable I had ever read, and the stories stayed with me, particularly "Dodger Stad...
  • Ellen
    When Lili Anolik says she’s in love with Eve Babitz, she doesn’t mean that she’s in love in a romantic or sexual way. This is actually more of a schoolgirl-ish infatuation, the kind in which a younger girl looks up to an older one and wants to know all there is to know about the elder one.So you’re probably thinking, “Who is Eve Babitz that I should care about her?” Eve is the daughter of two artists, one a musician and the other a pa...
  • Kate
    "Culturally, L.A. has always been a humid jungle alive with seething L.A. projects that I guess people from other places just can't see. It takes a certain kind of innocence to like L.A., anyway. It requires a certain plain happiness inside to be happy in L.A., to choose it and be happy here. When people are not happy, they fight against L.A. and say it's a "wasteland" and other helpful descriptions." ~Eve Babitz•This was a facinating account o...
  • J.L. Slipak
    MY THOUGHTS:I received this book in exchange for my honest review.This is a biography about a woman icon of the 60/70s who made a definite dent for women in the States. She is strong, outspoken, defiant and carefree and has a “I don’t give a damn” attitude during a time of controversy regarding “reckless” women.The author wrote got to meet Babitz and developed an awestruck admiration for her.I love the writing style and the honest to go...
  • Eleanor
    I found Lili’s interest in Eve more interesting than Eve herself. This was a weird book for me to pick up as I don’t care at all about celebrities and have huge gaps related to basic pop culture knowledge. And I don’t have any particular admiration for hedonism. It was interesting to get a glimpse into the life of someone who expected to die young and would also probably have been OK with the idea of dying in an accident before growing old....
  • Kate
    I love biography. I’ve written biography. I love it straight and I love it twisted. As a medium, biography is inappropriate, even lewd. So, I love it when the biographer peels away the film of respectability, steps into frame, or as the Anolik writes, “claw[s] at the door.” It’s fascinating and puts at the subject at odds with her own history. It’s the perfect form for a biography of Eve Babitz, who told her own stories her own way anyw...