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An Interview with Val Holley


8-9-07 Long Island Sound

Val Holley is author of the books James Dean: The Biography, Mike Connolly and the Manly Art of Hollywood Gossip, and 25th Street Confidential: Drama, Decadence, and Dissipation Along Ogden’s Rowdiest Road.

Can you tell us a little about yourself for those that might not be familiar with you and your work?

I got a bachelor’s degree in journalism, then went to law school–but that was not a match made in heaven. Once, when I was at the library and should have been studying for a Real Property final, instead I was browsing through the Hollywood biographies and found references to James Dean in a Montgomery Clift biography. Immediately I started reading everything about James Dean and determined that there had been no accurate, scholarly biography on him. I decided to step up to the plate and write it myself. I came to feel that writing history…

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