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The Sewing Circle
Hollywood's Greatest Secret : Female Stars Who Loved Other Women
Greta Garbo, Marlene Dietrich, and Barbara Stanwyck, to name a few, maintained their images as glamorous big-screen sex symbols complete with dashing escorts, handsome husbands, and scores of male admirers, thanks to studio publicity departments. But off the set, all three box office divas were involved in "lavender" marriages (marriages of convenience, often to a gay man) or remained stoically single. They and several other Hollywood starlets of the era were all members of a discreet women's "club" called the Sewing Circle, Hollywood's underground lesbian society. Madsen takes a candid look at the very complicated dual lives these great stars led and the impact their preference for same-sex relationships had on their movie careers.