Before hitting the Oscars, don't forget to Polaroid

Fri Feb 22, 2008 8:09am EST
 
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By Michelle Nichols

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Before any celebrities walk the red carpet at the Academy Awards on Sunday, they should have been primped, preened and "Polaroided," according to a new novel satirizing the glamour world of Hollywood.

Although fictional, "Celebutantes" is written by two people with inside knowledge: Amanda Goldberg, daughter of Emmy award-winning film and television producer Leonard, and Ruthanna Hopper, daughter of former Oscar nominee actor Dennis.

The pair challenge readers to work out the real-life inspirations for their Hollywood tale of Lola Santisi, the daughter of an Academy Award winning director who was born on Oscar night.

"All of the stories are sort of true stories that have been fictionalized," Hopper said. "There's sort of amalgamations of various characters there but all based in true stories."

Goldberg said their publisher asked them to "tone down the reality."

"Celebutantes," currently No. 25 on The New York Times hardcover fiction bestseller list, begins with Lola walking the red carpet at the famed Vanity Fair post-Oscar party, lamenting not having "Polaroided."

"You never really know how you look until you see yourself in a photograph. That's why you should always Polaroid your party dress before you walk out the front door," Lola laments.

"You're in major denial if you think the mirror tells you the truth. A mirror is a bad relationship. It reflects what it thinks you want in the moment, only to screw you with the truth later on," she says.   Continued...

 
<p>A model walks the runway during the 80th Annual Academy Awards fashion preview at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Beverly Hills, California, February 13, 2008. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni</p>