Mysteries and Scandals
|Mysteries and Scandals|
|Also known as||Mysteries & Scandals|
|Created by||Michael Danahy|
|Directed by||Joel K. Rodgers|
|Presented by||A.J. Benza|
|Narrated by||A.J. Benza|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||3|
|No. of episodes||152 (List of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Betsy Rott|
|Running time||22–24 minutes|
|Original run||April 9, 1998 (1998-04-09) – February 19, 2001 (2001-02-19)|
SynopsisThe series detailed the lives of various celebrities, both well known and somewhat obscure. Most celebrities that were featured endured hardships or died untimely deaths. The series interviewed various celebrities who knew the subject along with still photographs accompanied by narrations, and dramatic reenactments.
The show was highly stylized and presented each episode in a noir fashion with backdrops set in various Hollywood locations and narrated in a deadpan fashion by Benza. His memorable catchphrase "Fame, ain't it a bitch," would later became the title of Benza's autobiography.
The series aired for three seasons. Episodes were repeated on E! for a period of time after the series' initial run.
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It's interesting to see Andy Edmonds and Marvin Wolf on camera, but neither proves anything and they weren't even the first ones to tell the stories that are often associated with them. About the same story that Andy Edmonds had can be found in John McCabe's MR. LAUREL AND MR. HARDY , and the story that Marvin Wolf presented ( and as "new" ) can be found in Laurie Jacobson's
HOLLYWOOD HEARTBREAK* - which he actually had listed in the bibliography of his book FALLEN ANGELS, where he previously written about Thelma Todd. FALLEN ANGELS also reused one of the same pictures of Thelma Todd that was in HOLLYWOOD HEARTBREAK.
William Donati also appeared in this show. More recently he came out with his own book, THE LIFE AND MYSTERIOUS DEATH OF THELMA TODD.**
Donati's book represents the accident theory as the more likely solution, just as he did on this show. But I don't suppose we'll ever know for sure.
* HOLLYWOOD HEARTBREAK also mentions Luciano in connection with Thelma Todd, but doesn't have the same story as in John McCabe's book - which didn't mention Luciano by name.
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