Informative and fun. The wall street journalin the dizzying wake of World War II, photography, Rome skyrocketed to prominence as an epicenter of film, fashion, and boldfaced libertinism.
Rat Pack Confidential: Frank, Dean, Sammy, Peter, Joey and the Last Great Show Biz PartyBroadway Books #ad - Acclaimed jerry lewis biographer Shawn Levy has written a dazzling portrait of a time when neon brightness cast sordid shadows. For the first time, the full story of what happened when Frank brought his best pals to party in a land called VegasJanuary 1960 The backing of fearsome crime lords and the blessing of the President of the United States.
Joey bishop. Sammy davis, jr. A fabulouse playground of a city and all the money in the world. Fame. In four years, their great ride was over, and showbiz was never the same. It was frank’s World, and we just lived in it. One is a short, jewish, one-eyed, singing, black, dancing wonder. Around them an entire cast gathers: actors, comics, gangsters, and women, politicians, songwriters, singers, as well as thousands of starstruck everyday folks who fork over pocketfuls of money for the privilege of basking in their presence.
Rat Pack Confidential: Frank, Dean, Sammy, Peter, Joey and the Last Great Show Biz Party #ad - But to an awed world, they are known as The Rat Pack. They had it all. Las vegas is at its smooth, cool peak. One is an upper-crust british pretty boy turned degenerate B-movie star actor, brother-in-law to an ascendant politician. Peter lawford.
The Castle on Sunset: Life, Death, Love, Art, and Scandal at Hollywood's Chateau MarmontDoubleday #ad - While a city, music, and a culture have changed around it, Chateau Marmont has welcomed the most iconic and iconoclastic personalities in film, an industry, and media. Its singular appearance houses an equally singular history. Vivid, and richly informed, salacious, Levy's book is a glittering tribute to Hollywood as seen from inside the walls of its most hallowed hotel.
With wit and insight, the creative breakthroughs and marital breakdowns, Shawn Levy recounts the wild revelries and scandalous liaisons, the births and deaths that the Chateau has been a party to. An apartment house-turned-hotel, once falling nearly to his death; john belushi suffered a fatal overdose in a private bungalow; lindsay Lohan got the boot after racking up nearly $50, it has been the backdrop for generations of gossip and folklore: 1930s bombshell Jean Harlow took lovers during her third honeymoon there; director Nicholas Ray slept with his sixteen-year-old Rebel Without a Cause star Natalie Wood; Anthony Perkins and Tab Hunter met poolside and began a secret affair; Jim Morrison swung from the balconies, 000 in charges in less than two months.
The Castle on Sunset: Life, Death, Love, Art, and Scandal at Hollywood's Chateau Marmont #ad - Perched above the sunset Strip like a fairytale castle, the Chateau seems to come from another world entirely. It appeals to the rich and famous not just for its European ambiance but for its seclusion: Much of what's happened inside the Chateau's walls has eluded the public eye. Until now. La times bestseller**an amazon "best history Books of 2019 So Far" Pick*"Fascinating, dishy, and glimmering with insight.
Cheryl strayed"A fabulously fizzy account. Vanity fair"i want to live inside this book!" --taylor jenkins ReidThe definitive history of Hollywood's most iconic, storied, and scandalous hotelFor ninety years, Hollywood's brightest stars have favored the Chateau Marmont as a home away from home.
Ready, Steady, Go!: The Smashing Rise and Giddy Fall of Swinging LondonBroadway Books #ad - The fundamental old ways: chastity, harmony, rationality, sobriety, even democracy: blasted to nothing or crumbling under siege. This is how it's always going to be: smashing clothes, the top of the world, right here, everyone's first thought, the eyes of everybody, eternal youth, brilliant music, easy sex, right now: Swinging London.
Shawn levy has a genius for unearthing the secret history of popular culture. Spiced with the reminiscences of some of the leading icons of that period, Steady, their fans and followers, and featuring a photographic gallery of well-known faces and far-out fashions, Ready, Go! is an irresistible re-creation of a time and place that seemed almost impossibly fun.
Levy deftly blends the enthusiasm of a fan, photographers like david bailey, haircutters like vidal sassoon, the discerning eye of a social critic and a historian's objectivity as he re-creates the hectic pace and daring experimentation of the times–from the utter transformation of rock 'n' roll by the Beatles and the Rolling Stones to the new aesthetics introduced by fashion designers like Mary Quant, actors like Michael Caine and Terence Stamp and filmmakers like Richard Lester and Nicolas Roeg to the wild clothing shops and cutting-edge clubs that made Carnaby Street and King's Road the hippest thoroughfares in the world.
Ready, Steady, Go!: The Smashing Rise and Giddy Fall of Swinging London #ad - It’s the summer of 1966. The los angeles times called king of comedy, full of fascinating insiders' stories, his biography of jerry Lewis, insightful, " and the Boston Globe declared that Rat Pack Confidential "evokes the time in question with the power of a novel, often funny, "a model of what a celebrity bio ought to be–smart, knowing, as well as James Ellroy's American Tabloid and better by far than Don DeLillo's Underworld.
The Last Playboy: The High Life of Porfirio Rubirosa Text OnlyHarper Perennial #ad - He ran comfortably celebrity circles, counting among his friends Frank Sinatra, David Niven, Ted Kennedy, Sammy Davis Jr. And fellow playboy Aly Khan. He lived for the moment and, no entity – financial, at his death, cultural, faded without a legacy: no children, no fortune, even architectural – that bore his name.
Shawn levy – celebrated author of rat pack confidential, steady, and ready, go – has been given unique access to primary material including FBI and CIA files in his search for the last playboy. He had worked as aide-de-camp to one of the most vicious fascists the century ever knew. He had served as an ambassador to France, Italy, Germany, Belgium, Argentina and Vichy.
Kennedy, josef Goebbels and Juan Peron. He was 56 years old and on his way home to his 28-year-old fifth wife, Odile Rodin, after a night's debauch in celebration of a victorious polo match. In the previous four decades, zsa zsa gabor, and had slept with hundreds of other women including Marilyn Monroe, Ava Gardner, Rubirosa had on four separate occasions married one of the wealthiest women in the world, and Eva Peron.
The Last Playboy: The High Life of Porfirio Rubirosa Text Only #ad - There will never be anyone else like Porfiro Rubirosa. He had held his own with the world's most powerful and notorious men including John F. A scandalous story of money, lowly crime, drugs, high politics, hundreds of beautiful woman and one man, fast cars, Porfirio Rubirosa from the celebrated author of RAT PACK CONFIDENTIAL.
The dominican playboy porfirio rubirosa died at 8:00 am on July 5, 1965, when he smashed his Ferrari into a tree in Paris.
Searching for Beauty: The Life of Millicent Rogers, the American Heiress Who Taught the World About StyleSt. Martin's Press #ad - Her romantic conquests, though, appearing in vogue and harper's bazaar and - at the end of her life - retreating to Taos, paled in comparison to her triumph in the fashion world where she electrified the fashionistas by becoming the muse to designer Charles James, New Mexico where she popularized Southwestern style.
A rebellious icon of the age, divorced, remarried and romanced, among others, she eloped with a penniless baron, danced tangos in European nightclubs, Clark Gable. In searching for beauty, cherie burns chronicles Rogers's glittering life from her days as a young girl afflicted with rheumatic fever to her debutante debut and her Taos finale.
Searching for Beauty: The Life of Millicent Rogers, the American Heiress Who Taught the World About Style #ad - With searching for beauty, millicent rogers enters the pantheon of great American women who, like Diana Vreeland and Babe Paley, put their distinctive stamp on American Style. A fascinating portrait of the standard Oil heirerss and legendary American trendsetter Millicent RogersNobody knew how to live the high life like Millicent Rogers.
Born into luxury, she lived in a whirl of beautiful homes, European vacations, exquisite clothing and handsome men.
Finding Zsa Zsa: The Gabors behind the LegendKensington Books #ad - The story of family patriarch vilmos Gabor, who returned to Hungary only to be trapped behind the Iron Curtain, reads like a Cold War spy thriller. Stepping off the boat, already had a golden future mapped out for her sharp-witted, Jolie, the iron-willed matriarch, cosmopolitan beauties. Over the next six decades, television, with twenty-three husbands between them suave All About Eve star George Sanders would wed both Zsa Zsa and Magda, theater, the elegant yet gloriously bawdy, and business, and roller-coaster rides in film, scores of lovers, addictively watchable Gabors carved a niche in the entertainment industry that made them world-famous pop-culture icons.
It’s a riveting, tough, and affectionately honest read of four women who were vulnerable, charitable, endlessly fascinating, outrageously funny, bittersweet, and always glamorous to a fault. Finding zsa zsa reveals the tumultuous and often unforgiven battles between mother and daughter, sister and sister, wife and husband; Eva’s “bearded” romance with Merv Griffin that allowed them both to seek same-sex lovers; Zsa Zsa's involuntary confinement in a mental hospital; her life-long struggle with bipolar disorder; and her last—unconsummated—marriage to the manipulating faux prince Frederic von Anhalt.
Finding Zsa Zsa: The Gabors behind the Legend #ad - But as biographer, film historian, and gabor family friend Sam Staggs reveals, behind the headlines is a true story more dramatic, fabulous, and surprising than their self-styled legend would have you believe . In 1945, three members of the gabor family—jolie, her ex-husband vilmos, after barely escaping Hitler’s invasion of Hungary followed by “liberation” of the country by the Red Army, and their daughter Magda—arrived in New York City.
In hollywood, zsa zsa and eva, their other daughters, had worked feverishly throughout the war years to secure their rescue from the Nazis’ plan to exterminate the Jews.
Chasing Salomé: A Novel of 1920s HollywoodRothesay Press #ad - She is the highest-paid actress in town, adoration of her fans, with a luxurious estate, and a series of lovers that has included the first wife of her protégé, the respect of her peers, Rudolph Valentino. But reaching the top is one thing. But it means risking everything she has: her reputation, her beautiful home, her fortune, and even her lavender marriage.
But will it be enough to turn her fortunes around? or will hollywood cut her out of the picture?From the author of the Hollywood’s Garden of Allah novels and based on a true story, “Chasing Salomé” takes us inside Nazimova’s struggle to achieve a new level of stardom by raising the flickers to an art form.
Chasing Salomé: A Novel of 1920s Hollywood #ad - Staying there is an entirely different matter. Nazimova dreams of producing a motion picture of Oscar Wilde’s infamous “Salomé. It will be a new form of moviemaking: the world’s first art film. But the same executives at metro pictures who hailed Nazimova as a genius when she was churning out hit after hit now turn their backs because her last few movies have flopped.
Taking matters into her own hands, Nazimova decides to shoot “Salomé” herself. Hollywood, 1920alla Nazimova has reached the pinnacle of success.
Madame Claude: Her Secret World of Pleasure, Privilege, and PowerSt. Martin's Press #ad - The names on her client list were epic—kennedy, agnelli, Niarchos, Onassis, Brando, McQueen, Sinatra, the Shah, Picasso, Rothschild, Qaddafi, Chagall, and that's just for starters. By the 1950s, she was the richest and most celebrated self-made woman in Europe, as much of a legend as Coco Chanel. The life of madame claude, the brilliant and complicated and utterly amoral woman behind the most glamorous and successful escort service in the world.
In post-wwii paris, madame Claude ran the most exclusive finishing school in the world. But madame claude wasn't just selling sex—she was the world's ultimate matchmaker, the Dolly Levi of the Power Elite. She was also one of the most controversial—and most wanted—women in the world. Born fernande grudet, the future madame led a life of high adventure—resistance fighter, concentration camp survivor, a poor Jewish girl in the aristocratic chateau city of Angers, gun moll of the Corsican Mafia and erstwhile streetwalker—before becoming the ultimate broker between beauty and power.
Madame Claude: Her Secret World of Pleasure, Privilege, and Power #ad - She harnessed the emerging postwar technology of the telephone to create the concept of the call girl. Now, through his own conversations with the woman herself and interviews with the great men and remarkable women on whom she built her empire, social historian and biographer William Stadiem pierces the veil of Claude’s secret, forbidden universe of pleasure and privilege.
Her alumnae married more fortunes, titles and famous names than any of the Seven Sisters.
Ritz and Escoffier: The Hotelier, The Chef, and the Rise of the Leisure ClassClarkson Potter #ad - He had come at the request of richard d'oyly Carte, the financier of Gilbert & Sullivan's comic operas, who had modernized theater and was now looking to create the world's best hotel. Fine dining would never be the same--or more intriguing. D'oyly carte soon seduced ritz to move to London with his team, which included Auguste Escoffier, the chef de cuisine known for his elevated, original dishes.
. Barr deftly re-creates the thrilling belle epoque era just before World War I, when British aristocracy was at its peak, women began dining out unaccompanied by men, and American nouveaux riches and gauche industrialists convened in London to show off their wealth. In a tale replete with scandal and opulence, where women and american jews mingled with british high society, Luke Barr, transports readers to turn-of-the-century London and Paris to discover how celebrated hotelier César Ritz and famed chef Auguste Escoffier joined forces at the Savoy Hotel to spawn the modern luxury hotel and restaurant, author of the New York Times bestselling Provence, 1970, signaling a new social order and the rise of the middle class.
Ritz and Escoffier: The Hotelier, The Chef, and the Rise of the Leisure Class #ad - In early august 1889, césar ritz, a swiss hotelier highly regarded for his exquisite taste, found himself at the Savoy Hotel in London. The pair also ruffled more than a few feathers in the process. In their collaboration at the still celebrated savoy hotel, which remains in print today, and Ritz, where they welcomed loyal and sometimes salacious clients, whose name continues to grace the finest hotels across the world, such as Oscar Wilde and Sarah Bernhardt, Escoffier created the modern kitchen brigade and codified French cuisine for the ages in his seminal Le Guide culinaire, created the world's first luxury hotel.
The result was a hotel and restaurant like no one had ever experienced, run in often mysterious and always extravagant ways--which created quite a scandal once exposed.