Anne Helen Petersen

8 articles

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.