Anne Helen Petersen

9 articles

"That's What Happened Between Me and Clark"

Loretta Young, Clark Gable and the truth behind one of old Hollywood’s greatest scandals.


Big Mother Is Watching You

The promises and pitfalls of self-tracking devices and apps.

Previously: Anne Helen Peterson on the Longform Podcast.


The Down and Dirty History of TMZ

How a lawyer from the Valley created a gossip empire.


Angelina Jolie’s Perfect Game

How the actress masterfully shapes her public image.


Confidentially Yours

A history of the celebrity profile.


Jennifer Lawrence And The History Of Cool Girls

How Hollywood falls for actresses who “act like a dude but look like a supermodel” – and then changes its mind.


Scandals of Classic Hollywood: The Ecstasy of Hedy Lamarr

“Let me say that again: Hedy Lamarr, arguably the most glamorous star of the pre-war period, also helped invent your cell phone and WiFi connection.”


The Rules of the Game

A history of the Hollywood publicity racket.


Scandals of Classic Hollywood: Cary Grant's Intimate Bromance

The phrase “knew how to wear clothes” is a loaded one. To “know how to wear clothes” is another way of saying that Cary Grant embodied class, which is to say high class: Grant wore well-tailored clothes, and he knew how to hold himself in them. But he came from nothing, and the way he wore clothes was just as much of a performance as his refined trans-Atlantic accent, his acrobatic slapstick routines, and his masterful flirtation skills.