You Must Remember This: Gossip Girls ➜

Karina Longworth’s podcast You Must Remember This is one of my favorites. For anyone interested in Hollywood history, it’s obligatory. The first episode of the new season, Gossip Girls, about Hedda Hopper and Louella Parsons, is out today.

This season on You Must Remember This, we’re going to go back about a hundred years, to the very beginning of the idea of going “behind the scenes,” to talk about the two powerful women who invented and dominated Hollywood gossip as it was known in the 20th century: Louella Parsons and Hedda Hopper. Parsons and Hopper were both self-made women, single moms from middle America who shattered the glass ceiling; they were also small-minded, self-obsessed bigots who used their power to persecute outsiders, police sexuality, and ensure that the rich, powerful people who made movies lived in fear.

Sounds pretty great.