As a kid I read biographies and histories because I wanted to know what people did. Then I peppered my parents with the question, “Why?” I pursued that passion earning a doctorate in U.S. History. decades ago. Now I write books about what people did, and how the culture they lived in helped or hindered their achievements.

American culture’s fascination with celebrity and uproar with Southern culture sparked me to write my latest book called Terry Bradshaw: From Super Bowl Champion to Television Personality.

Since I was always interested in transgressive sexuality, my first book looked at these images that came out of the movie industry during the 1920s and 1930s. It’s called, Hollywood Bohemians.

I enjoy Washington, D.C. immensely with so much great development and more excitement added to this city. The baseball stadium made me wonder about the city’s history of built and proposed stadiums. This work led to a second book, Capital Sporting Grounds. Capital Sporting Grounds

The unlucky status of Washington’s basketball history led to my third book, The Bullets, The Wizards and Washington, DC Basketball.

I’m fortunate to have a great husband for the last seventeen years and many good friends.

17 comments so far

  1. Mari on

    Nice Pix.

  2. bla2222 on

    thanks for the positive comments. Hope you’re doing well!

  3. bentcrude on

    hi, please do the coming out interview on my blog?

  4. Dwayne on

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. The cause that I wrote about is a good cause. People are affected in many ways. I hope you have a great day.

  5. […] of the author more from his writing about D.C.’s new stadium, I hadn’t a clue that Brett wrote about this aspect of Hollywood until checking out his blog a while ago. I haven’t […]

  6. ivan on

    I’m a Brazilian journalist and I’d like to interview you about your book Hollywood Bohemians. Regards, Ivan

    • bla2222 on

      Hi Ivan:

      That’s great. I’ll send you an email and we can make arrangements.

  7. Vincent on

    Just came across an excerpt from your book on press coverage of the Gable-Lombard relationship, and since I run a community dedicated to Carole Lombard and classic Hollywood, I did an entry on it:

    Happy Thanksgiving.

    • bla2222 on

      thanks for the note.

  8. Cialis on

    HkMGP8 Excellent article, I will take note. Many thanks for the story!

  9. Cristina Reitz-Krueger on


    I am a researcher in the University of Virginia Department of Psychology, and I’m conducting a web-based study of engaged same-sex and different-sex couples. I am writing to respectfully ask if you’d be willing to post a notice of my study on your website. The study has been approved by the University of Virginia Institutional Review Board, which ensures ethical research conduct. They have also approved the text I would ask you to post, included below.

    Please let me know if you have any questions. I look forward to hearing from you!


    Cristina Reitz-Krueger
    Doctoral Student
    University of Virginia
    (434) 243-8558

    P.S. Here is the text:

    Engaged volunteers needed!

    I am looking for volunteers for a study of attitudes towards marriage and parenthood among engaged couples. The study consists of a 25-30 minute online survey. To qualify for the study, you must be 20-35 years old, live in the U.S., and plan to marry or have a commitment ceremony within the next 365 days. You and your romantic partner must not have children, and this must be the first marriage for both of you.

    You can:

    -Help a doctoral candidate;
    -Increase the pool of scientific knowledge;
    -Support research on marriage and families; and
    -Spend some time thinking about your relationship!

    I am working with Dr. Charlotte J. Patterson, a Professor of Psychology at the University of Virginia. This study has been approved by the University of Virginia Institutional Review Board #2009025800.

    If you and/or your romantic partner are interested in participating or want further information, please email me at I will send you a link that you can use to access the study.


    Cristina Reitz-Krueger
    Doctoral Student
    University of Virginia
    (434) 243-8558

  10. (Not So) Shockingly Bohemian on

    […] In his book, Hollywood Bohemians: Transgressive Sexuality and the Selling of the Movieland Dream, Brett L. Abrams discusses how Hollywood actually marketed this scandalous sexual behavior to sell its […]

  11. aislinnleondale on

    thank you for your post.

  12. NBA CATWATCH (@NBAcatwatch) on

    Hi Brett – I just saw you in a documentary on the Uline arena, and I’m currently looking into the story of a cat named Little Bones who lived in the area and interrupted a Capitols game to walk through the court with her kittens. Do you know anything about this? If so, I’d love to talk. Thanks!

  13. Marisa Miller on

    Hello my name is Marisa Miller and I’m doing a student documentary at Santa Monica College in Southern California on Hollywood’s Bohemian era and wanted to know if there was anyway i could get a phone interview.

  14. Marisa Miller on

    Hello Marisa Miller again just wanted to leave my contact info.
    Marisa Miller

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