Louella O. Parsons, by her own report, was the newspaper world's first motion picture columnist. That profession has placed her on highly intimate terms with the affairs of almost all of history's great screen stars. Claiming that The Gay Illiterate (published during World War II) was her actual autobiography, she says the current book is ""less about me and more about the famous and infamous"". Louella's town is, of course, Hollywood, whose ""citizens live under a microscope"". She would have us believe that being a movie star is one of the world's most arduous (if also fabulous) careers. With only slightly restrained pathos, she tells us again and again how and why it is difficult for stars to stay married, raise families, and live like normal people. Her book, like her columns, is a mite on the conversational side, but her vignettes will bring tears to the eyes of many an ardent movie fan. Hardly a top star of recent memory is missing -- Tyrone Power, Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Joan Crawford, MM, Lana Turner, Rita Hayworth, and many a producer, director, or combination of all three. Her most awkward moment is with the Liz-Eddie-Debbie situation, but her tribute to Clark Gable is utterly touching. No doubt about Louella -- she's been there and she knows.