Sal Mineo: A Biography

Crown Archetype #ad - Sal mineo is probably most well-known for his unforgettable, Academy Award–nominated turn opposite James Dean in Rebel Without a Cause and his tragic murder at the age of thirty-seven. He began directing and producing controversial off-Broadway plays that explored social and sexual taboos. Tragically, on the cusp of turning a new page in his life, Mineo’s life was cut short in a botched robbery.

Revealing a charming, mischievous, and often scandalous side of Mineo few have known before now, Sal Mineo is an intimate, creative, moving biography of a distinctive Hollywood star. But it was fourteen-year-old jill haworth, his costar in exodus—the film that delivered one of the greatest acting roles of his life and earned him another Academy Award nomination and a Golden Globe win—with whom he fell in love and moved to the West Coast.

Yet his creative impulses never foundered. But by age eleven, he appeared on broadway in tennessee Williams’s The Rose Tattoo, and then as Prince Chulalongkorn in the original Broadway production of The King and I starring Yul Brynner and Gertrude Lawrence. He also found personal happiness in a relationship with male actor Courtney Burr.

Sal Mineo: A Biography #ad - This sultry-eyed, thousands of star-struck fans attended his premieres, and millions bought his records, dark-haired male ingénue of sorts appeared on the cover of every major magazine, which included several top-ten hits. His life offstage was just as exhilarating: full of sports cars, motor boats, famous friends, and some of the most beautiful young actresses in Hollywood.

Finally, michael gregg michaud tells the full story of this remarkable young actor’s life, in this riveting new biography filled with exclusive, candid interviews with both Mineo’s closest female and male lovers and never-before-published photographs, charting his meteoric rise to fame and turbulent career and private life.


Tab Hunter Confidential: The Making of a Movie Star

Algonquin Books #ad - Mesmerizing. The new york times book review welcome to Hollywood, circa 1950, the end of the Golden Age. Because when he takes his shirt off young hearts beat faster, because he is the picture of innocence and trust and need, he will become a star. And so, and the soul-destroying lows when phone calls begin to go unreturned; of the need to be loved, and the fear of being consumed; of the hope of an innocent boy, and the rueful summation of a man who did it all, Tab Hunter Confidential is at heart a story of survival—of the giddy highs of stardom, and who lived to tell it all.

The open smile says, "You will love me, " and soon the whole world does. Hunter's career as a bona fide movie star lasted a decade. For tab hunter was a true product of hollywood, a shy kid made even more so by the way his schoolmates—both girls and boys—reacted to his beauty, by a mother who provided for him in every way except emotionally, a movie star created from a stable boy, and by a secret that both tormented him and propelled him forward.

Tab Hunter Confidential: The Making of a Movie Star #ad - And when he dared to be difficult, to complain to the studio about the string of mostly mediocre movies that were assigned to him, he learned that just like any manufactured product, he was disposable—disposable and replaceable. In tab hunter confidential: the making of a movie star, to be told what to do, Hunter speaks out for the first time about what it was like to be a movie star at the end of the big studio era, whom to be seen with, to be treated like a commodity, how to behave, what to wear.

Stardom didn't come overnight, although it seemed that way. But he persevered as an actor, working continuously at a profession he had come to love, seeking—and earning—the respect of his peers, and of the Hollywood community. In fact, the studio contract, the fame came first, when his face adorned hundreds of magazine covers; the movies, the name in lights—all that came later.


Sal Mineo

#ad - Still tough, as a stage actor and director, Mineo refashioned his career, though, but he was not tough enough to survive the shocking encounter with the man who nabbed him to death. His role in exodus won him 3 second Academy Award nomination in 1961, but ten years later he was a movie has-been. As this carefully and caringly researched biography shows, Sal Mineo talents far exceeded the limits typecasting imposed upon a career that saddled him with the nickname, the Switchblade Kid.

It also demonstrates that, mineo's decline had less to do with the loss of the baby-face good looks that quickened the heartbeat of teenage girls than it did with his unwillingness to deny his homosexuality. Investigating the mystery that continues to surround sal mineo's tragic death and sifting the facts from the fictions that shroud his private life, this long-overdue serious study of the man and the star sympathetically chronicles the thirty-seven years that made an "erotic politician" and gay icon of 3 street kid and teen idol.

Sal Mineo #ad - Sal mineo grew up tough and moved fast -- from the bronx to broadway to Hollywood, from street crimes to stage plays to an Oscar nomination, at the age of sixteen, for his portrayal of the doomed teenager in the 1955 James Dean film Rebel Without a Cause.


Include Me Out: My Life from Goldwyn to Broadway

St. Martin's Press #ad - He had to buy his way out to work on Broadway. In classic hollywood tradition, farley Granger, a high school senior, was discovered by Sam Goldwyn's casting director in an off-Hollywood Boulevard play. He captures the thrill of acting on the stage with janice rule, Barbara Cook, Larry Hagman, and the National Repertory Theatre, June Havoc, where his determination paid off with an OBIE for his work in Tally & Son.

Granger's delightful and elegant memoir Include Me Out captures the extravangance of Hollywood's Golden Age-and provides colorful portraits of many of its major players. Granger describes how he learned his craft as he went on to star in a number of films, giving an insider's view of working with Hitchcock on Strangers on a Train and Rope, Luchino Visconti on Senso, and Nick Ray on They Live by Night.

Include Me Out: My Life from Goldwyn to Broadway #ad - He is eloquent about his bisexuality and tells of affairs with Patricia Neal, Arthur Laurents, Shelley Winters, Leonard Bernstein and Ava Gardner and his involvement with Barbara Stanwyck, Joan Crawford, and Tyrone Power. Granger recreates his legendary struggle to break his contract with Goldwyn. He describes the early days of live television and working with Julie Harris, Helen Hayes, Christopher Plummer, and Claire Bloom.


All That Heaven Allows: A Biography of Rock Hudson

Harper #ad - In a more conservative era, Hudson’s wholesome, straight arrow screen image was at odds with his closeted homosexuality. As a result of his gay relationships and clandestine affairs, Hudson was continually threatened with public exposure, not only by scandal sheets like Confidential but by a number of his own partners.

After signing with the powerful but predatory agent Henry Willson, the young hopeful was transformed from a clumsy, tongue-tied truck driver into Universal Studio’s resident Adonis. With unprecedented access to private journals, personal correspondence, and production files, Griffin pays homage to the idol whose life and death had a lasting impact on American culture.

Growing up poor in winnetka, hudson was abandoned by his biological father, abused by an alcoholic stepfather, Illinois, and controlled by his domineering mother. Despite seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Hudson was determined to become an actor at all costs. And here, for the first time, is an in-depth exploration of Hudson’s classic films, A Farewell to Arms, including Written on the Wind, and the cult favorite Seconds.

All That Heaven Allows: A Biography of Rock Hudson #ad - The embodiment of romantic masculinity in American film throughout the ‘50s and ‘60s, Hudson reigned supreme as the king of Hollywood. As an oscar-nominated leading man, Hudson won acclaim for his performances in glossy melodramas Magnificent Obsession, western epics Giant and blockbuster bedroom farces Pillow Talk.

For years, hudson dodged questions concerning his private life, but in 1985 the public learned that the actor was battling AIDS. In the ‘70s and ‘80s, hudson successfully transitioned to television; his long-running series McMillan & Wife and a recurring role on Dynasty introduced him to a whole new generation of fans.


The Man Who Invented Rock Hudson: The Pretty Boys and Dirty Deals of Henry Willson

Da Capo Press #ad - Additionally, mike connors, troy donahue, tab hunter, James Darren, Chad Everett, John Derek, including Robert Wagner, the book discusses Willson's other star clients, and many others. Selznick. Roy fitzgerald became rock hudson and, for the next twenty-five years, Henry Willson became the man behind movie "beefcake.

The man who invented rock Hudson delves into Willson's life in explicit, unsparing detail. Cops and mob ties to scare off hudson's blackmailers; Hudson's "arranged" marriage to Willson's secretary, Phyllis Gates; as well as Hudson's affair with a Universal Pictures vice-president to help secure starring roles.

The Man Who Invented Rock Hudson: The Pretty Boys and Dirty Deals of Henry Willson #ad - Variety reporter robert hofler deftly chronicles Willson's maneuvers to sidestep the FBI's investigation into Hudson's sex life; the agent's use of off-duty L. A. P. D. Henry willson started off as a talent scout under Gone with the Wind's powerhouse mogul, David O. The starmaker-to-be was on the lookout for promising newcomers when he received an unsolicited photograph from a movie star hopeful named Roy Fitzgerald.

The photograph of the handsome young man with bad teeth not only had a career defining impact for Willson but, more importantly, it redefined Hollywood's concept of the male heartthrob.


Best-Kept Boy in the World

Riverdale Avenue Books #ad - Denny, long before he surfaced in my cove, was a legend well-known to me, a myth entitled: Best-Kept Boy in the World. Truman capotedenham denny fouts, the twentieth century's most famous male prostitute, was a socialite and literary muse whose extraordinary life started off humbly in Jacksonville, Florida.

He lives in New Jersey and Massachusetts. He was beyond being good-looking; he was the single most charming-looking person I've ever seen. Writer christopher isherwood was more to the point: he called Denny “the most expensive male prostitute in the world. In his short life, heirs of great fortunes, artists, Denny achieved a mythic status, lords, princes, and Best-Kept Boy in the World for the first time follows him into his rarefied world of barons and shipping tycoons, and authors.

Best-Kept Boy in the World #ad - To vidal he was “un homme fatal. Truman capote, who devoted a third of Answered Prayers to Denny's life story, found that “to watch him walk into a room was an experience. But in short order he befriended and bedded the rich and celebrated and in the process conquered the world. No less an august figure than the young Gore Vidal was enchanted by Denny's special charms.

. Here is the story of an american original, a story with an amazing cast of unforgettable characters and extraordinary settings, the book Gore Vidal wished Denny had written. Arthur vanderbilt is the author of many books of history, memoirs, biography, and essays.


Hollywood Gays

Riverdale Avenue Books #ad - Secret love affairs, gossip about the personal lives of other closeted gay and lesbian stars, confessions, arrests, stories of surviving the relentless homophobia of the period, and more are all discussed at-length out in the open with Hadleigh on the condition that the interview not be published during the actor’s lifetime.

Books like vita ruso's the celluloid Closet and Kenneth Anger's Hollywood Babylon abound with rumors about the sexual appetites of Hollywood stars. The author splits his time, when not traveling the world, between Beverly Hills and Sydney, Australia. Included in this new edition are two new interviews never before published—one with Marilyn Monroe’s Seven Year Itch costar Tom Ewell and a second with Bewitched star Dick Sargent.

Hadleigh on the other hand seeks to provide firsthand reports. Library journalboze hadleigh, author of Celebrity Feuds! and Hollywood and Whine, has written more than 15 books. In this collection of interviews…the author continues his probing of the ever-popular topic of the sexual proclivities of Hollywood actors.

Hollywood Gays #ad - Publishers weeklyin this rare, liberace, anthony perkins, no-holds-barred collection of interviews with Hollywood icons from the Golden Age of movies—Cary Grant, Cesar Romero, among others—renowned entertainment journalist and historian Boze Hadleigh goes straight to the source and opens the film worlds closet door onto another era.

. If all the world's a stage according to Shakespeare, it's all one big movie screen to Hadleigh, who's evidently taking up where the great gossip columnists of yesteryear left off.


Merv Griffin: A Life in the Closet

Blood Moon Productions #ad - This is the first post-mortem, unauthorized insight into Merv Griffin, a failed singer and unsuccessful actor who unexpectedly rewrote the rules of America's broadcasting industry. He became the richest man in tv, bought a casino, befriended everyone in media who mattered, and maintained a secret life as America's most famously closeted homosexual.

From a controversial writer whose previous work has virtually re-defined the art of the celebrity biography, HERE'S MERV.


Full Service: My Adventures in Hollywood and the Secret Sex Lives of the Stars

Grove Press #ad - He began sleeping with some himself, attractive, and connecting others with his coterie of young, and sexually free-spirited friends. Edgar hoover, to name but a few. Full service is not only a fascinating chronicle of hollywood’s sexual underground, who used actors to propagate a myth of a conformist, but also exposes the hypocrisy of the major studios, sexually innocent America knowing full well that their stars’ personal lives differed dramatically from this family-friendly mold.

Now the subject of the hit documentary scotty and the secret history of hollywood, ” Full Service is the remarkable true story of Scotty Bowers, praised by Vanity Fair as “full of revelations” and Entertainment Weekly as “deliciously salacious, the “gentleman hustler, ” during the heyday of classic Hollywood.

Full Service: My Adventures in Hollywood and the Secret Sex Lives of the Stars #ad - As revelation-filled as hollywood babylon, Full Service provides a lost chapter in the history of the sexual revolution and is a testament to a man who provided sex, support, and affection to countless people. Young, charismatic, and strikingly handsome, he quickly caught the eye of many of the town’s stars and starlets.

His own lovers included edith piaf, errol flynn, cary grant, gloria swanson, katharine hepburn, james dean, spencer Tracy, and the abdicated King of England Edward VIII, Rita Hayworth, Mae West, and he arranged tricks or otherwise crossed paths with Tennessee Williams, Vivien Leigh, Noël Coward, Charles Laughton, Vincent Price, Rock Hudson and J.

Newly discharged from the marines after World War II, Bowers arrived in Hollywood in 1946.


The Murder of Sal Mineo

#ad - I will not end up saying, "I wish I had". When sal mineo said those words about his dying father, he would, nobody could have predicted that just four short years later, himself, be facing death. Before it happens I mean to do the things I want to do. Being in the same room with him and looking at him, I realized that one day I would be in the same position as he, facing death.