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- DescriptionLiz Smith says it best in her advance praise: 'sex, scandal and sensationalism'. Libel suits and humiliations. Idols with feet of clay. Think it's anything new? Not at all. Slip into the compulsively lurid and exhaustively researched pages of 'Mr. Confidential' which tells the tale of publisher Robert Harrison and his magazine, Confidential. That forerunner of celebrity dirt quite literally changed the face of entertainment journalism. It reads like a house afire in a sultry swamp. Nobody did 'down and dirty' like Mr. Harrison and today's beleaguered stars, politicians and others owe him a sock in the jaw. An illuminating, fun read!
- Author BiographyI grew up all over the world, living in Cairo, Honolulu, Austin, Phoenix, Albuquerque, New York, Los Angeles, and Ft. Collins, Colorado, while we also traveled through Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Caribbean. My writing life has become, by both necessity and design, a writing, producing, and directing career, including the formation of Babyhead Productions with my husband Ronald Shore. I dove into show business immediately upon graduating high school a year early in Texas, moving to New York at the age of 17. After studying at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts I began to work as an actor and singer, most notably playing the role of Magaldi in various productions of Evita. In the early 90s I started writing, and my first play, The Liquidation of Granny Peterman, was produced in Hollywood and got a rave in the L.A. Times. While writing and rewriting the script that would become my first film, Silent Lies, I worked on my first book, a photo-anthology called Uncommon Heroes that won a Stonewall Book Award from the American Library Association, tying with writer Dorothy Allison. Silent Lies, a dark, violent film about incest, caused a stir, and was banned in England until cuts were made. Though press materials for the film said otherwise, I was referred to in newspaper articles as an incest survivor, which I actually found rather funny. My Paramount/Showtime film Bobbie's Girl starred Bernadette Peters, Rachel Ward, and Jonathan Silverman. Bernadette received an Emmy nomination while the film received a G.L.A.A.D. nomination and a citation from The Advocate as one of the top ten television events of the year. My book Mr. Confidential was named a ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year finalist and won an Hermes Creative Platinum Award for Outstanding Non-Fiction. And I'm working with composer David Snyder to turn it into a stage musical. My latest book, Lulu, is a sort of non-fiction novel about the actress Louise Brooks in Germany in 1928; and I'm working on the screenplay now. I've also worked on such televisions shows as Judging Amy and Witch, and have written lyrics for songs used in films, television shows, and stage musicals. I live in West Hollywood with my husband Ron and our incorrigible dachshunds.
- Author(s)Samuel Bernstein
- PublisherWalford Press
- Date of Publication27/11/2006
- SubjectBiography: The Arts
- Place of PublicationNew York
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintWalford Press
- Content Noteb/w photos
- Weight556 g
- Width230 mm
- Height155 mm
- Spine21 mm
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