Category: Biographies Of The Rich Famous

By Susan Ronald

A revealing biography of Florence Gould, fabulously filthy rich socialite and consumer of the humanities, who concealed a gloomy prior as a Nazi collaborator in 1940’s Paris.

Born in turn-of-the-century San Francisco to French mom and dad, Florence moved to Paris, elderly 11. Believing that in simple terms funds introduced respectability and happiness, she grew to become the 3rd spouse of Frank Jay Gould, son of the railway millionaire Jay Gould. She guided Frank’s thousands into lodges and casinos, making a luxurious lodge and on line casino empire. She entertained Zelda and Scott Fitzgerald, Pablo Picasso, Joseph Kennedy, and lots of Hollywood stars, like Charlie Chaplin, who turned her lover. whereas the get together ended for many americans after the Crash of 1929, Frank and Florence refused to head domestic. through the profession, Florence took numerous German enthusiasts and hosted a arguable salon. because the Allies closed in, the unscrupulous Florence turned embroiled in a infamous funds laundering operation for fleeing high-ranking Nazis.

but after the struggle, not just did she stay away from prosecution, yet her titanic fortune obtained her respectability as an important contributor to the Metropolitan Museum, ny college, and Cornell scientific tuition, between many others. It additionally earned her pals like Estée Lauder who obligingly appeared the opposite direction. A seductive and totally amoral girl who enjoyed to claim “money doesn’t care who owns it”, Florence’s existence proved a robust argument that maybe cash should purchase happiness after all.

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By Tim Grierson

during this accomplished and probing biography, Tim Grierson examines Wilco’s background, discussing every one in their albums intimately and exploring their frequently divisive 20-year output.

With an eclectic mixture of nation, replacement rock and vintage pop, Wilco was once born out of the influential alt-country crew Uncle Tupelo in 1994. Led via Jeff Tweedy, Wilco then made a chain of albums that received various degrees of recognition. From the fairly unsuccessful A.M. throughout the praised yet contentious Mermaid street collaboration with Billy Bragg and the bothered Yankee inn Foxtrot that finally grew to become their best-selling album, Wilco and Tweedy have saved the convey at the street for 2 many years, successful Grammys, inspiring numerous different bands and taking the flak at the approach. this can be their awesome story.

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By Robert Hinkle,George Stevens,Mike Farris

“Do you're thinking that you'll educate Rock Hudson to speak such as you do?”

The query got here from famed Hollywood director George Stevens, and an affirmative solution propelled Bob Hinkle right into a fifty-year occupation in Hollywood as a speech trainer, actor, manufacturer, director, and pal to the celebrities. alongside the best way, Hinkle helped Rock Hudson, Dennis Hopper, Carroll Baker, and Mercedes McCambridge speak like Texans for the 1956 epic movie Giant. He additionally helped create the nature Jett Rink with James Dean, who grew to become a ally, and he consoled Elizabeth Taylor in my view whilst Dean was once killed in a sad automobile coincidence sooner than the movie was once released.

A few years later, Paul Newman requested Hinkle to do for him what he’d performed for James Dean. the end result used to be Newman’s strong portrayal of a Texas no-good within the Academy Award–winning movie Hud (1963). Hinkle could—and did—stop via the LBJ Ranch to interchange pleasantries with the president of the us. He did likewise with Elvis Presley at Graceland. solid associates with Robert Wagner, Hinkle even taught Wagner’s spouse Natalie wooden how one can throw a rope. He seemed in several tv sequence, together with Gunsmoke, Bonanza, Dragnet, and Walker, Texas Ranger. On a handshake, he labored as nation tune legend Marty Robbins’s supervisor, and he helped Evel Knievel upward push to fame.

From his start in Brownfield, Texas, to a family members so bad “they might in simple terms have the funds for a tumbleweed as a pet,” Hinkle went directly to achieve acclaim in Hollywood. via all of it, he remained the salty, down-to-earth former rodeo cowboy from West Texas who may well speak his approach into—or out of—most any state of affairs. greater than 40 images, together with infrequent behind-the-scenes glimpses of the celebrities Hinkle met and befriended alongside the way in which, supplement this rousing, never-dull memoir.

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By Geoffrey C. Ward

 
Before Pearl Harbor, sooner than polio and his access into politics, FDR used to be a good-looking, pampered, yet strong-willed early life, the heart of a rarefied world.  In Before the Trumpet, the award-winning historian Geoffrey C. Ward transports the reader to that world—Hyde Park at the Hudson and Campobello Island, Groton and Harvard and the Continent—to recreate as by no means ahead of the youth of the fellow who could turn into the twentieth century’s maximum president. the following, drawn from hundreds of thousands of unique records (many by no means formerly published), is a richly-detailed, intimate biography, its principal determine surrounded by way of a colourful forged that incorporates an opium smuggler and a pious headmaster; Franklin's far-off cousin, Theodore and his impressive mom, Sara; and the still-more notable younger lady he wooed and gained, his cousin Eleanor. this can be a story that will grip the reader whether its imperative personality had now not grown as much as be FDR.

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By Cathay Che

'I used to be highly prompted by means of Debbie Harry whilst i began out as a singer and songwriter. i assumed she was once the good chick within the universe' Madonna. Written with Deborah Harry's cooperation, this booklet celebrates the lifetime of the unique rock goddess as boldly as she's lived it. The Blondie entrance girl has remained a long-lasting icon of cool, synonymous with big apple urban angle and the intersecting worlds of punk, rock, rap, artwork, movie and model. absolutely revised and up to date for 2013 to incorporate new studio and stay albums, a variety of international excursions and Blondie's induction to the Rock and Roll corridor of repute, and together with 3 unique interviews with Deborah, in addition to contributions from her acquaintances, enthusiasts and contemporaries, this publication is as just about authentic because it will get, and is a tribute to a really unconventional pop superstar, who's nonetheless influencing a brand new new release of girl pop icons.

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By Alma H. Bond

there's a lot written, rumored, advised, and retold approximately Marilyn Monroe, however the most unique and noteworthy truth approximately her is that this: In individual in addition in her movies, she looked to be outright luminous--enveloped through a glow, like a firefly within the dark.

Even Laurence Olivier, who costarred with Marilyn within the 1957 movie The Prince and the Showgirl, observed it. notwithstanding he looked as if it would dislike her intensely, he needed to admit that, in all her scenes, she lit up the screen.

But beautiful because it should be, luminosity could be a form of camouflage. it could actually disguise the reality underneath.

What precisely was once Marilyn illuminating within the surroundings that surrounded her? Her attractiveness was once definitely gorgeous, dazzling--blinding, even--but what did it hide?

Marilyn, extra wonderful than many understood, knew good the variation among taking a look upon the sunshine and seeing past the glow. males don't see me, she acknowledged. they simply lay their eyes on me.

Psychoanalyst and longtime woman's biographer Dr. Alma Bond imagines, intimately, a several-year stretch through the past due Nineteen Fifties and early Nineteen Sixties, whilst Marilyn, an incredibly fragile determine, submits to research at the sofa of new york psychoanalyst Dr. Darcy Dale and, following her go back to Hollywood, corresponds with her.

Brilliantly, entertainingly, and movingly, Marilyn Monroe: at the sofa indicates simply what lay underneath Marilyn's radiance. Dr. Dale, a fictional stand-in for the writer, Dr. Bond, sees Marilyn Monroe as few ever have, either inside and outside, and transfers these insights to readers. it really is most unlikely to visualize an individual supplying a greater, extra entire, intimate, and unforgettable figuring out of this actually notable, iconic, or even pivotal determine in movie and sexual history.

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By Stefano Lorenzetto

È altissimo, esagerato, il prezzo che i personaggi famosi pagano alla vanità. Stefano Lorenzetto lo ha compreso andando a intervistarli: il musicista Giovanni Allevi ammette d'aver costruito l. a. propria immagine di genialoide usando il balsamo Hydra-ricci della Garnier che «rende il riccio definito»; il ministro Mara Carfagna è contenta delle foto osé scattate quand'era modella perché un giorno potrà dire ai nipoti «guardate quant'era bella nonna»; il fotografo Fabrizio Corona si considera «molto sicuro» di se stesso; los angeles conduttrice Ilaria D'Amico punta a «una vicedirezione reale», magari del Corriere della Sera, in alternativa della Repubblica; los angeles contessa Marta Marzotto confessa che fin da bambina si spediva lettere poetiche e aspettava l'arrivo del postino come se gliele avesse scritte un misterioso spasimante; l'onorevole Vittorio Sgarbi è convinto d'aver propiziato due miracoli, facendo persino uscire dal coma il marito di una sua ammiratrice. in keeping with non finire come i cosiddetti Vip, l'autore di questo libro - vanitoso al pari di tutti i giornalisti - s'è dato una regola: vederli da lontano. E ha deciso di seguire una profilassi che lo porta a evitare il più possibile le liturgie della categoria. Perché l'hybris può diventare una vera e propria patologia psichiatrica, come attesta lo sbando di una società in cui consistent with esistere bisogna apparire: nei palazzi del potere, nei salotti, in televisione o, in line with i meno fortunati, almeno su fb, che ormai raccoglie i ritratti fotografici di 22 milioni di italiani, cioè più di metà della popolazione fra i 12 e i sixty two anni.

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By Michael B. Druxman

Michael B. Druxman his goals to Hollywood and, even supposing he won't have "reached the stars," his endurance made it attainable for nearly all of these desires to come back real. His new publication, My Forty-Five Years in Hollywood and the way I Escaped Alive, a memoir, is the tale of that striking experience. starting along with his boyhood in Seattle and cleaning soap Lake, Washington, it strains his steps on his trip to la the place, with none convey enterprise contacts whatever, he was once in a position to create a profitable profession for himself as a publicist, playwright, screenwriter, director and Hollywood historian.

From Jimmy Durante and Elvis Presley to Jack Lemmon and Cary furnish to the solid of the hit Dallas tv sequence and mythical manufacturer Roger Corman, the paintings is full of a laugh tales of Druxman's encounters and classes realized from Hollywood's wealthy and famous.

Screenwriter Charles Edward Pogue (The Fly, Dragonheart) stories: "Michael B. Druxman could have escaped Hollywood after forty-five years, yet he additionally survived and thrived there all these years...hardly a feat for the faint-hearted. His exciting and a laugh memoir tells us how he did it. With tenacity and skill, he went from PR agent to screenwriter to director and, alongside the way in which, rubbed shoulders with a desirable array of characters, con-men, and artists. From the celebs to the strugglers, from the saints to the scammers, from those that soared to those that took a swan dive, they're all the following. We meet the nice, the near-great, the not-so nice who make Hollywood their domestic and their searching flooring. Druxman depicts their triumphs and follies, in addition to his personal, with the nuanced eye of 1 who has noticeable Hollywood at its meanest and such a lot magnificent."

And, in accordance with writer-director Bruce Kimmel (The First Nudie Musical): "Michael Druxman's new ebook is like taking a time desktop again to these exciting days of yesteryear, a time while there has been a true Hollywood with actual motion picture stars and the type of category that now not exists in that position they name Hollywood at the present time. The stories of his days as a ‘publicist for a value' are endearing and droll, and the celebs he dealt with make for a grand forged of characters during this very affectionate memoir. upload to that the tales of writing and directing for Roger Corman, in addition to his youth stories, and you have got a publication that is a enjoyable, quick read."

Lastly from veteran movie manufacturer Stanley Rubin (The slender Margin, River of No go back, White Hunter, Black Heart): "As a operating publicist, Michael Druxman was once most likely accountable for 5 or ten percentage of the entire baloney written approximately so-called Hollywood celebrities during the last thirty-five, 40 years. I oughta recognize. He was once additionally my publicist for a lot of that point. yet now, ultimately, the following he's writing in regards to the genuine Hollywood, and it really is undeniable that he is lived it and is aware it. So get the publication - learn it - and learn."

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