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Adobe Photoshop PDFIs Hollywood the happiest place on earth, next to Disneyland, or the most miserable? Is the trip down the yellow brick road to fame and fortune worth the heartache and hard work, or is it a bust? Hollywood or Bust: Movie Stars Dish on Following their Dreams, Making it Big, and Surviving in Tinseltown, Susan Marg’s latest title, gives a unique perspective on what it’s like to live and work where stars are born and movies are made.

Susan culled over five hundred quips, quotes, and off-the-cuff remarks of actors, directors, writers, and others involved in the business from magazines, interviews, biographies, autobiographies, and, in this day and age, the Internet. All told the quotes convey what insiders think about themselves, their lives, their fame, their career, each other, and the town itself.

“Their observations, on one hand, are caustic, critical, and cynical,” Susan notes, “But they are also eye opening, amusing, inspiring, and, in some cases, even endearing. She further adds, “Be prepared to be surprised.”

Hollywood or Bust, ISBN 978-0-578-11882-6, is a 182-page paperback book consisting of seven chapters and twenty original photographs. It can be purchased through bookstores around the country or online. It lists for $14.95.

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Here is how some critics have described Hollywood or Bust:

For those with an interest in stars talking about stardom, Hollywood Or Bust may prove to be irresistible.

—  Gayle Colopy for


Happiness for movie fans like me is reading Hollywood or Bust by Susan Marg! I love all the quips, quotes, and off-the-cuff remarks from some of my favorite actors and actresses that are included in this fascinating anthology. So, of course, I found Marg’s revealing, star-studded book impossible to put down once I started it.

—  Betty Jo Tucker, Movie Addict Headquarters on Blog Talk Radio:


Grouped by subject, these vignettes offer a condensed glimpse of the trials and tribulations of the showbiz industry, and are just plain fun for a quick browse anytime. Hollywood or Bust also makes an excellent gift book for anyone who loves TV and movies!

—  John Burroughs; Burroughs Bookshelf on Midwest Book Review


For all of you Hollywood buffs out there, this book is a must for you. Words from your favorites will give you hours and hours of pleasure and entertainment as you read and re-read these interesting quotes and quips from the famous well known people. Some sayings will give you wisdom, some may be a little harsh, some mean nothing at all, and others will make you laugh. Whatever it may be, you will be amazed at the enjoyment this little book can give you.

—  Joy Hannabass for Readers’ Favorite


Marg’s collection and categorizing makes for quick lighthearted reading and each snippet is filled with the dazzle of tinsel town and the reality rub of life on Earth. Three cheers for Hollywood or Bust!

—  Eva Trieger on Amazon


Susan Marg cleverly gives us doses of reality sprinkled into a marketing world traditionally filled with Hollywood-speak sound bytes. She warmly conveys the comedy of it all. Take particular notice of her fantastic original photos. This is a fun read–whether you’re a starstruck devotee of Entertainment Tonight or just another witness to the icon-worship of today’s Entertainment Industry.

—  AlgonquinII on Amazon


And Hollywood or Bust has won awards and earned recognition from: The National Indie Excellence Awards (NIEA. the San Francisco Book Festival, the Beach Book Festival, and the Paris Book Festival.

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