The Revolt of Mamie Stover
The Revolt of Mamie Stover is a 1951 novel by William Bradford Huie about a young woman from Mississippi who goes to Hollywood to work as an actress. Driven into prostitution, she moves to Honolulu, works at a brothel and takes it over, challenges restrictions against prostitutes after the US armed forces are built up on the island, buys real estate, and becomes a wealthy war profiteer.
The first two chapters represent an indictment of the film industry. Studio directors abuse the principal character both physically and sexually as she struggles to establish an acting career. A bullying film star cynically exploits and discards her, driving her into prostitution. The novel presents Hollywood as "a jungle where everybody is either predator or prey". More than a decade later, Huie wrote a sequel, Hotel Mamie Stover (1963).
- Jonathan Yardley, "'Mamie Stover': Blond Ambition", Washington Post, 31 May 2006
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