City of Toys
by Lindy Hudis
What would you do to become famous in Hollywood? In City of
, four beautiful women
confront that very question. It takes more than just looks to make it in Toys ,
as they soon discover. The city brings them together as roommates and the
hunger of fame lures them into situations that they never expected.
Through a series of intertwined yet separate events, City of Tinsel Town Toys takes us from the naive optimism of the girl’s hopes
and dreams to the sordid Hollywood underworld.
Relying on one another helps get them through the Hollywood
maze but will their friendship be enough to save them?
Each of these fame-hungry women experiences one painful disaster after another from casting directors behaving in sexually inappropriate ways, to crazed stalkers and jealous, mentally deranged starlets hounding them. They begin to rely upon one another to get through the horrific maze called
. But when the
pressure gets too much, will their friendship be enough to save them in the
City Of Hollywood ? Toys
The morning sun sparkled high in the sky above
Los Angeles, and the summer heat had not yet fully invaded
the curious world known as .
A cool, coastal breeze drifted in from the Pacific Ocean, so the infamous Hollywood smog was not going
to permeate the atmosphere too severely. The traffic at the intersection of L.A. Franklin Avenue and
La Brea was typical, bumper to bumper and road rage simmering from tempestuous
drivers. But, it was made even worse today by the arrival of a large moving van
in front of the building.
The Franklin Regency was a five-story dwelling that loomed on the southwest corner of the crossway, halfway between the sparkling wealth of the Hollywood Hills and the sordid madness that was
Everywhere beautiful, young people with fabulous faces and perfect bodies -- every single one of them a struggling actor, model or something or other, trying to keep the bitterness at bay -- jogged, walked dogs, hurried to auditions and roller-bladed. While the homeless (and other un-lovely denizens of ‘paradise’ almost equal in number) who had long ago lost the spark of life, seemed to blend into the background, completely ignored and snubbed by the bronzed gods and goddesses scurrying to an audition for a laxative commercial.
Awe-filled and often-disappointed tourists took it all in, recording it on film and video for the folks back home, wherever that may be. In the bright, mirrored lobby of the Franklin Regency, however, all was cheerful and sanguine. Rhonda McNutt talked excitedly on a pay phone to her father back in
. Rhonda was
nineteen, beautiful, and in the process of moving into the Franklin Regency
“Yes, poppa, the truck just got here.” She spoke into the receiver with her thick Southern drawl. Outside, the large van containing all of her worldly possessions had pulled up to the curb. Rhonda had driven out to
the week before, and was still in shock that she was actually here. She looked
vigilantly around the lobby, at the longhaired rocker guys covered with
tattoos, the sexy, gorgeous blondes, and the older men who could not resist
winking at her as they passed by. She knew she was in a whole new place, but
that didn’t matter. She was in Los Angeles ,
and she was determined to be an actress. I’m here, and I’m going to make it!
I’m going to be a star! Hollywood
“All right, poppa, I’ll call you as soon as the phone is turned on...I love you too, poppa. Bye.” She gently hung up the phone, and waited for Marina Edwards, the apartment manager. An older woman stepped out of the elevator, clad in a severe dark business suit, and walked purposefully towards the front door.
She turned and gaveRhonda a nasty look, then stepped outside, chatting deliberately into a cell phone. Rhonda sat on a pink plush couch and waited while the moving men began to unload her furniture. She stared up at the famous James Dean poster on the wall. ‘The Boulevard of Broken Dreams’ was the caption underneath. Not for me, Rhonda thought, my dreams of
Hollywood stardom are going to come
true. She had dreamt of being a movie star since she was five, and nothing
was going to stand in the way of her goals. Finally, the elevator doors opened,
stepped out, accompanied by a tall, beautiful redhead. Marina
“I’m glad this place is centrally located, my agent says I need to get to my auditions quickly.” She told
curtly, glancing down at her watch. Marina
“We’re just fifteen minutes from
and Warner Brothers, and five minutes from Hollywood
explained. The girl pursed her lips and gripped her designer handbag. Marina
“Well, I’ll think about it. I live in
now, and my agent is on my case
about being late to auditions all the time. Things are starting to happen for
me, and my agent tells me that I need to be close to the studios,” she said a
little too loudly, glancing over at Rhonda to make sure she overheard. Pasadena
She thrust her hand out to Marina, who smiled. “I’ll call you.” The girl turned sharply on her heel and headed out the front door, not without sneaking a quick glimpse of Rhonda. She gave Rhonda an uppish glance, and darted out the door.
Rhonda jumped up and cheerfully bounded over to her. Marina
“Hey you! Come on in.”
unlocked the office door and the two
of them ambled in. Marina
was in her late thirties, blonde and beautiful, with very white teeth and an
enormous smile. The two women had met a few days before, when Rhonda noticed
the ‘Now Renting’ sign out front as she was driving around. Marina had leased her a single apartment on
the first floor, and now it was time to go over little details. The moving men
were placing Rhonda’s things in the lobby. Marina
right?” Apartment 122
smiled sweetly. She smelled of Noxzema and peppermint chewing gum. Marina
Rhonda was so excited she could barely contain herself. My God, I’m really here!
Lindy S. Hudis is a graduate of New York University, where she studied drama at Tisch School of the Arts. She is the author of several titles, including her romance suspense novel, Weekends, her "Hollywood" story City of Toys, and her crime novel, Crashers. She is also the author of an erotic short story series, "The S&M Club" and "The Mile High Club". Her short film “The Lesson” was screened at the Seattle Underground Film Festival and Cine-Nights in 2000. She is also an actress, having appeared in the television daytime drama "Sunset Beach". She and her husband, Hollywood stuntman Stephen Hudis, have formed their own production company called Impact Motion Pictures, and have several projects and screenplays in development. She lives in California with her husband and two children.Other Links:
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