True Confessions of a Hollywood Starlet

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True Confessions of a Hollywood Starlet
The DVD cover for the film.
Written by Elisa Bell (teleplay)
Lola Douglas (novel)
Directed by Tim Matheson
Starring Joanna "JoJo" Levesque
Valerie Bertinelli
Lynda Boyd
Shenae Grimes
Leah Cudmore
Ian Nelson
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Producer(s) Mark Winemaker
Cinematography David Herrington
Editor(s) Charles Bornstein
Running time 87 minutes
Distributor Lifetime Television
Original release August 9, 2008
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True Confessions of a Hollywood Starlet is a Lifetime Television comedy-drama film, based on a young adult novel of the same name by author Lola Douglas. The film stars Joanna "JoJo" Levesque and Golden Globe Award winner Valerie Bertinelli. The film was directed by Tim Matheson. It premiered on August 9, 2008 on Lifetime.


Teen actress Morgan Carter (Joanna "JoJo" Levesque) is a Hollywood princess, until the day that her hard-partying ways get the best of her. After she collapses outside of a Hollywood nightclub, Morgan's mother (Lynda Boyd) sends her to live in the wilds of Fort Wayne, Indiana, with her Aunt Trudy (Valerie Bertinelli). Morgan is camouflaged into Claudia Miller and given a new hairstyle, and suddenly, Morgan, albeit unwillingly, blends in with her peers who don't own televisions or read magazines.

With a new appearance and deprived comforts (i.e., money) Morgan enters a suburban high school with a bad attitude. At first she didn't fit in with anyone, until she meets "cute guy" Eli and they became friends. Eli introduces Claudia to his sister and her friends. Morgan takes a liking to Emily, Eli's sister, and they become good friends. Emily invites Morgan to a sleepover where Debbie, who likes Eli, tells her to stay away from him. Morgan is upset so she leaves early, without telling Emily. When she gets home, she calls her mother for help. Instead of her mom, she's gets her new StepFather on the phone. He just happens to be her manager, Sam. After this discovery she comes to the misguided theory that Sam wanted her to leave Hollywood so he could marry her mom. Soon she drinks a bottle of vodka that she found in the cupboard. The next day when Eli comes over to tutor Morgan and she, wanting desperately to capture Eli's attention, makes up a story about her father, borrowing a plot from one of her movies. Eli is worried, as Morgan drastically exaggerated and added several negative details about her supposed "father", telling Morgan to alert him if he shows up. Eli asks Morgan on a date (partly out of pity) to the fair and she happily accepts. Morgan's best friend from when she was in Hollywood, Marissa, comes to visit her in Indiana, where they go to a club. Morgan goes to the fair with Eli and Morgan begins liking him more. Everything was going great until Debbie tries to blackmail Morgan. The paparazzi finds out where she is and leak the story so she sneaks to Eli's house to apologize for lying, both about her father and about not being Claudia. Eli is upset at the deception, but in the end he forgives her and they drive away on his motorcycle.

Pop culture references[edit]

The film makes references to several teen films, television dramas, and reality shows such as Mean Girls, Die Hard, Legally Blonde, Bring it On, Monster Garage, The Surreal Life, and Grey's Anatomy. Also referenced in the film are Lindsay Lohan, Perez Hilton, Britney Spears, Sarah Michelle Gellar and Oscar-winning directors Steven Spielberg, Quentin Tarantino and Steven Soderbergh. The soundtrack featured songs like "Bubbly" by Colbie Caillat, "S.O.S." by Rihanna, "Funplex" by The B-52's and "My World" by Emigrate.



Release dates[edit]

Date Region
March 3, 2009[1] United States
March 3, 2009 Canada
March 4, 2009 Netherlands
March 25, 2009 Portugal
April 21, 2009[2] France
June 28, 2009 Sweden


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