The Bad and the Beautiful is a 1952 film starring Kirk Douglas and Lana Turner that is based on Charles Schnee's "Ladies Home Journal" short story "Tribute To A Bad Man," published in 1951. Jonathan Shields (Kirk Douglas) is a ruthless Hollywood movie producer known for his willingness to lie, cheat, and step on anyone who gets in his way. This story is told in a series of flashbacks and voice-overs by an actress (Lana Tuner), a screenwriter (Dick Powell), and a Southern Belle (Gloria Grahame) who is married to the screenwriter. With surprising parallels to real-life Hollywood drama, these characters show how there is more to fame than meets the eye. Each character, with the exception of Shields, tells his or her story of seduction and betrayal in three segments. Shields is an integral part of each story, and the movie comes together in a kind of soap opera life story.