Born to a Catholic Mother and a Jewish Father, I know diversity. My hometown of Newark and South Brunswick, NJ had people from urban and rural environs, and ethnic and racial cultures galore. This sparks my interest in backgrounds, histories and differences, and I explore these fascinations to this day.

I lived in Wisconsin, Philadelphia, and Boston before coming to Washington, D.C. to earn my doctorate in U.S. History. Always a ravenous devourer of movies, plays and books, I focused my studies on gender, sexuality and culture in the media of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. This work led to the publication of my book, Hollywood Bohemians.

I’ve come to enjoy Washington, D.C. immensely. Over the fifteen years that I’ve lived here, there has been so much great development and more excitement added to this city. Plus, it has excellent museums, great theater, and tons of free special events. One of the latest moves included building a stadium for the baseball team, the Nationals. People fought over whether spending the city money made sense and whether the stated reason, economic development, would occur. The new stadium basically destroyed the gay club area that existed in that part of Southeast DC. The argument for the stadium made me wonder what rationales had been used in the past to justify building stadiums in DC. I researched the topic and found so many much cooler reasons for building a stadium existed in this city’s past. This work led to a second book,
Capital Sporting Grounds

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

15 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!

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