Cari Beauchamp

Cari Beauchamp is most recently the author of "Joseph P. Kennedy Presents," the story of Joe Kennedy's Hollywood years. She previously authored "Adventures of a Hollywood Secretary: Her Private Letters from Inside the Studios of the 1920s" and "Without Lying Down: Frances Marion and the Powerful Women of Early Hollywood," edited and annotated "Anita Loos Rediscovered: Film Treatments and Fiction by the Creator of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes," and co-wrote "Hollywood on the Riviera: The Inside Story of the Cannes Film Festival."

She has written documentary films, writes for Vanity Fair and recently won the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Film Scholarship. In a previous life, she was Press Secretary to Governor Jerry Brown. She lives in West Los Angeles. Email

Two quality film festivals and the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books make April our contributor's favorite month to stay in town. Here are some of the highlights to watch for.
You never have to look too far to find lots of things to do in Los Angeles, but April is the one month of the year I make sure I stay in town because so much comes to us. April is for films and books.
Over 100 women (and a few men) gathered on the top floor of the Andaz Hotel to celebrate the L.A. Woman issue of Los Angeles Magazine and the fifty women named as the city's "game changers."
The Hollywood Heritage Museum, known to many simply as "The Barn," is the oldest surviving studio structure in Los Angeles. On Wednesday night, come celebrate Rudolph Valentino.
The first-ever Turner Classic Movies Film Festival in Hollywood brought home how lucky we are to live in L.A.
Director Michael Govan, with his actions today, says film isn't worthy of LACMA. As a film historian and museum member, that is blasphemy.
I travel a lot and I always love coming home to Los Angeles, but this was the first time I looked around in outright dismay.
Who made TW the cable monopoly for all of Los Angeles anyway? Cable rage hits the Westside.
What are they thinking? There is no place to rest your eyes.
As long as I can remember I have loved history. I find it both liberating and consoling to realize little...


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