A new book dedicated to Hollywood actress Elissa Landi reveals the real reason why the 30s superstar left the industry.
Author Scott O’Brien aimed to tell the true story behind Landi and how she didn’t fit into the Hollywood industry, according to an article published Wednesday by Fox News.
Robert Donat and Elissa Landi in Rowland V. Lee’s THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO (1934), the only film Donat made in Hollywood pic.twitter.com/TkGpsWi0I7
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“When you think of stars like Marilyn Monroe, Jayne Mansfield, Hedy Lamar, Lana Turner – they all represented a certain type,” O’Brien said in the foreword, according to Fox News. “And in the roles they played, there was a similarity. You knew what to expect from a Monroe film. Elissa didn’t want to be typecast. But, Hollywood is famous for typecasting people. She didn’t want to be a glamorous star whenever she walked out the door. She didn’t want to fit into that image. That worked against her.” (RELATED: ‘I Wish I Had Gotten Out Of Hollywood Sooner’: Rose McGowan Says Hollywood Is ‘Like A Cult’)
“Hollywood – I wasted seven good years of my life there,” Landi declared at one point in her life, according to O’Brien.
“Gossip columns would say, ‘Elissa Landi left Hollywood – whatever happened to her?'” O’Brien told the outlet. “Elissa knew gossip was used to punish people who said bad things about Hollywood. The reality is she didn’t abandon her career. She abandoned Hollywood.”