Seduction: Sex, Lies, And Stardom In Howard Hughess Hollywood

Seduction: Sex, Lies, And Stardom In Howard Hughes's Hollywood


In this riveting popular history, the creator of You Must Remember This probes the inner workings of Hollywood’s glamorous golden age through the stories of some of the dozens of actresses pursued by Howard Hughes, to reveal how the millionaire mogul’s obsessions with sex, power and publicity trapped, abused, or benefitted women who dreamt of screen stardom.

In recent months, the media has reported on scores of entertainment figures who used their power and money in Hollywood to sexually harass and coerce some of the most talented women in cinema and television. But as Karina Longworth reminds us, long before the Harvey Weinsteins there was Howard Hughes—the Texas millionaire, pilot, and filmmaker whose reputation as a cinematic provocateur was matched only by that as a prolific womanizer.

His supposed conquests between his first divorce in the late 1920s and his marriage to actress Jean Peters in 1957 included many of Hollywood’s most famous actresses, among them Billie Dove, Katharine Hepburn, Ava Gardner, and Lana Turner. From promoting bombshells like Jean Harlow and Jane Russell to his contentious battles with the censors, Hughes—perhaps more than any other filmmaker of his era—commoditized male desire as he objectified and sexualized women. Yet there were also numerous women pulled into Hughes’s grasp who never made it to the screen, sometimes virtually imprisoned by an increasingly paranoid and disturbed Hughes, who retained multitudes of private investigators, security personnel, and informers to make certain these actresses would not escape his clutches.

Vivid, perceptive, timely, and ridiculously entertaining, The Seducer is a landmark work that examines women, sex, and male power in Hollywood during its golden age—a legacy that endures nearly a century later.


  • chapter 01
    Duration: 17s
  • chapter 02
    Duration: 08min
  • chapter 03
    Duration: 21min
  • chapter 04
    Duration: 35min
  • chapter 05
    Duration: 52min
  • chapter 06
    Duration: 46min
  • chapter 07
    Duration: 42min
  • chapter 08
    Duration: 39min
  • chapter 09
    Duration: 59min
  • chapter 10
    Duration: 44min
  • chapter 11
    Duration: 27min
  • chapter 12
    Duration: 43min
  • chapter 13
    Duration: 35min
  • chapter 14
    Duration: 34min
  • chapter 15
    Duration: 34min
  • chapter 16
    Duration: 40min
  • chapter 17
    Duration: 35min
  • chapter 18
    Duration: 41min
  • chapter 19
    Duration: 41min
  • chapter 20
    Duration: 48min
  • chapter 21
    Duration: 41min
  • chapter 22
    Duration: 51min
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    Duration: 01h03min
  • chapter 24
    Duration: 43min
  • chapter 25
    Duration: 56min
  • chapter 26
    Duration: 47min
  • chapter 27
    Duration: 36min
  • chapter 28
    Duration: 33min
  • chapter 29
    Duration: 34min
  • chapter 30
    Duration: 31min
  • chapter 31
    Duration: 41min
  • chapter 32
    Duration: 06min
  • chapter 33
    Duration: 46s