The Purple Diaries
It began on Labor Day, when comic actor Roscoe âFattyâ Arbuckle, then at the pinnacle of his fame and fortune, hosted a party in San Franciscoâs best hotel. As the party raged, he was alone in room 1219 with Virginia Rappe, a little-known actress. Four days later, she died, and he was charged with her murder.
Room 1219 tells the story of Arbuckleâs improbable rise and stunning fallâfrom one of Hollywoodâs first true superstars to its first pariah. It explores how the earliest silent film experiments evolved into a studio-based system capable of making and, ultimately, breaking a beloved superstar. Simultaneously, it presents the sensational crime story from the day of the âorgyâ through Arbuckleâs three trials. Relying on a careful examination of documents, the book finally reveals, after almost a century of wild speculation, what most likely occurred in room 1219.Â
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