James Robert Parish

James Robert Parish (born April 21, 1946)[1] is an American author, entertainment historian, and biographer. He also is a former entertainment reporter (for Variety), former book editor, former publicist and former lawyer (in New York).[2][3][4][5]

James Robert Parish
Born21 April 1946 Edit this on Wikidata (age 75)
Cambridge Edit this on Wikidata
OccupationWriter edit this on wikidata
Alma materUniversity of Pennsylvania Edit this on Wikidata
GenreBiography, history edit this on wikidata
www.jamesrobertparish.comEdit this at Wikidata

He is the author of more than 100 books including biographies, histories and reference works, and is known for his knowledge of Hollywood legend and lore, fact, and anecdote. He is also claimed to have developed the genre of Hollywood nostalgia. Some of his notable books include Fiasco: A history of Hollywood's iconic flops, The Hollywood Book of Death, The Hollywood Book of Breakups, The Hollywood Book of Extravaganza, and It's Good to Be the King.[2][4][5][6][7][8]

As a consultant for TV documentaries and biographies, he has appeared frequently on national news shows and specials dealing with the performing arts. Some of his notable appearances include Dateline NBC, A&E Biography, E!'s Mysteries and Scandals and E! True Hollywood Story, Court TV's Hollywood Justice, Fox News Channel's Rita Cosby Show and American Broadcasting Company's Cops on the Screen. He also worked for specials and series episodes produced by England's BBC, Granada TV, and Channel 4.[2][3] He lives in Studio City, California.[2]


  1. ^ "ISNI 0000000114791331 Parish, James ( 1946- )". isni.oclc.org. Retrieved April 20, 2021.
  2. ^ a b c d "James Robert Parish". Stuart Bernstein Representation for Artists. Retrieved April 20, 2021.
  3. ^ a b "Scholastic". Archived from the original on February 27, 2015. Retrieved June 21, 2012.
  4. ^ a b "James Robert Parish". writersstore.com. 2020. Archived from the original on August 9, 2020. Retrieved April 20, 2021.
  5. ^ a b CHARLES CHAMPLIN, "Making Book on Movies", Los Angeles Times, Sep 22, 1978[dead link]
  6. ^ THANE BURNETT, "APPETITE FOR CELEBRITY", Niagara Falls Review, Saturday, May 23, 2009
  7. ^ Jake Coyle, "Fiasco explores Hollywood's biggest bombs", The Beaufort Gazette, page 6, Mar 26, 2006
  8. ^ Levin Houston, "Life stories of seven more beauties", The Free Lance–Star, page 11, Jan 3, 1981

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