Actress Amber Tamblyn writes about dead Hollywood actresses in her new book of poems. But "Dark Sparkler" is more than that.
"The book is about the lives and deaths of celebrity women in a certain way, but it's also about voyeurism, it's also about projection, it's also [about] … what it's like to be an object for a living," said Tamblyn, 31.
Each poem is about a female celebrity who died before the age of 40, including Marilyn Monroe, Jayne Mansfield and Rebecca Shaeffer.
It took Tamblyn six years to write, with a year off when it became too much for her.
She said it began with a poem she wrote for actress Brittany Murphy, who died in 2009 from a combination of pneumonia, anemia and drug intoxication.
Tamblyn said she focused on women because "that's what I know. … I understood the lives of these women more personally and in a deeper way."
"Dark Sparkler" is the third book of poetry by Tamblyn, who starred in "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants" films with Blake Lively, Alexis Bledel and America Ferrera and on TV in "House."
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