I Used to be in Pictures An Untold Story of Hollywood

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Austin and Howard Mutti-Mewse; foreword by Dominick Fairbanks

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Territory: World
Size: 300 mm x 237 mm
Pages: 304
Illustrations: 20 colour, 380 b&w
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  • A fascinating insight into the Golden Age of Hollywood, the public and private face of an industry rarely explored in such an intimate fashion

I Used to be in Pictures is a collection of unpublished correspondence between English born brothers, Austin and Howard Mutti-Mewse and some of the most celebrated and iconic film stars from the silent and 'golden' era of film-making.

The brothers' foray into this glamorous world began with a simple fan letter to Lillian Gish, followed by another to Douglas Fairbanks Jnr. This gave rise to a wealth of letter writing. Yet, the most interesting part of this story is that these letters were written retrospectively, as raised on a diet of black and white movies, Austin and Howard's unique relationships with these screen legends developed long after the height of their celebrity, a quarter of a century after the cameras had stopped rolling, at a time when they were able to reflect back on lives lived in the spotlight.

During the nineties, the brothers were entertained by stars, including Bette Davis, Marlene Dietrich, James Stewart and Elizabeth Taylor who, thrilled at this late recognition, invited them into their homes in Hollywood, Palm Springs, Malibu, Glendale and Santa Barbara; to reminisce over afternoon tea.

Accompanied by many intimate and candid photographs of screen icons both at the height of their stardom and in later years, this is a collection for anyone looking for an insider glimpse into arguably Hollywood's finest hour; a time when stars were made in black and white, when all that glittered was the sequins and the gold, a time of magic and some amazing memories. In this book Howard and Austin have captured it all...beautifully.

"It's a truly remarkable and invaluable insight into a bygone era of celebrity and cinema." Jocks & Nerds

"There was one New Year's Eve when their father handed them the phone. It was Marlene Dietrich" Esquire

"An immense and remarkable book" Libby Purves

"I am absolutely thrilled by your beautiful book" Lord Julian Fellowes

Austin Mutti-Mewse has been writing for various British newspapers for the past 20 years, specialising in film obituaries for The Daily Telegraph, the more obscure, the better! Austin has held the position of Curator for a number of British Heritage Brands owned by fashion group Li & Fung including Hardy Amies, Kilgour and Kent & Curwen. Howard Mutti-Mewse began his career as a PR consultant before joining TCM (Turner Classic Movies). In December 2007 he joined Levi Strauss & Co. in Brussels to become the PR Manager for Dockers® Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. In 2002, Austin and Howard curated the show Worth Exposing Hollywood, showcasing the work of Hollywood's first paparazzi photographer Frank Worth, in London and LA.

What the press have said about this book...


“It’s the most incredible thing - fascinating, beautiful and hard to put down” Chris Weitz (producer Twilight series, About a Boy, A Single Man)



“Your book is the kind of publication which will sit on the shelves of film and drama publications for years to come. It is perfect". Julian Fellowes


"It's a truly remarkable and invaluable insight into a bygone era of celebrity and cinema" Jocks & Nerds

“These stories are a fitting testament to some of Hollywood’s most popular actors, impossibly glamorous stars from another age” Varon

"A fabulous read" The Huffington Post

"There was one New Year's Eve when their father handed them the phone. It was Marlene Dietrich" – Esquire

“In a time of torrential emails, I Used to be in Pictures is an elegant advertisement for the handwritten word.” Wallpaper Magazine


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