Rat Pack Confidential

Author: Shawn Levy
Publisher: Broadway Books
ISBN: 0385500254
Release Date: 1999-09-17
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

For the first time, the full story of what happened when Frank brought his best pals to party in a land called Vegas January 1960. Las Vegas is at its smooth, cool peak. The Strip is a jet-age theme park, and the greatest singer in the history of American popular music summons a group of friends there to make a movie. One is an insouciant singer of Italian songs, ex-partner to the most popular film comedian of the day. One is a short, black, Jewish, one-eyed, singing, dancing wonder. One is an upper-crust British pretty boy turned degenerate B-movie star actor, brother-in-law to an ascendant politician. And one is a stiff-shouldered comic with the quintessential Borscht Belt emcee’s knack for needling one-liners. The architectonically sleek marquee of the Sands Hotel announces their presence simply by listing their names: FRANK SINATRA. DEAN MARTIN. SAMMY DAVIS, JR. PETER LAWFORD. JOEY BISHOP. Around them an entire cast gathers: actors, comics, singers, songwriters, gangsters, politicians, and women, as well as thousands of starstruck everyday folks who fork over pocketfuls of money for the privilege of basking in their presence. They call themselves The Clan. But to an awed world, they are known as The Rat Pack. They had it all. Fame. Gorgeous women. A fabulouse playground of a city and all the money in the world. The backing of fearsome crime lords and the blessing of the President of the United States. But the dark side–over the thin line between pleasure and debauchery, between swinging self-confidence and brutal arrogance–took its toll. In four years, their great ride was over, and showbiz was never the same. Acclaimed Jerry Lewis biographer Shawn Levy has written a dazzling portrait of a time when neon brightness cast sordid shadows. It was Frank’s World, and we just lived in it.

Rat Pack Confidential

Author:
Publisher: Oberon Books
ISBN: UOM:39015056203915
Release Date: 2002
Genre: Drama

This was vintage Hollywood. This was showbiz. This was the Rat Pack.

JFK and the Masculine Mystique

Author: Steven Watts
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 9781466851153
Release Date: 2016-11-08
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

From very early on in his career, John F. Kennedy’s allure was more akin to a movie star than a presidential candidate. Why were Americans so attracted to Kennedy in the late 1950s and early 1960s—his glamorous image, good looks, cool style, tough-minded rhetoric, and sex appeal? As Steve Watts argues, JFK was tailor made for the cultural atmosphere of his time. He benefited from a crisis of manhood that had welled up in postwar America when men had become ensnared by bureaucracy, softened by suburban comfort, and emasculated by a generation of newly-aggressive women. Kennedy appeared to revive the modern American man as youthful and vigorous, masculine and athletic, and a sexual conquistador. His cultural crusade involved other prominent figures, including Frank Sinatra, Norman Mailer, Ian Fleming, Hugh Hefner, Ben Bradlee, Kirk Douglas, and Tony Curtis, who collectively symbolized masculine regeneration. JFK and the Masculine Mystique is not just another standard biography of the youthful president. By examining Kennedy in the context of certain books, movies, social critiques, music, and cultural discussions that framed his ascendancy, Watts shows us the excitement and sense of possibility, the optimism and aspirations, that accompanied the dawn of a new age in America.

Robert de Niro

Author: Shawn Levy
Publisher: S. Fischer Verlag
ISBN: 9783104034775
Release Date: 2015-08-20
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

***Die fulminante Biographie des großen Filmidols*** Robert De Niro gehört zu den besten und erfolgreichsten Schauspielern der Welt (»Taxi Driver«,»Der Pate«, »Es war einmal in Amerika«). Der New-York-Times-Bestseller-Autor Shawn Levy hat bislang unveröffentlichtes Material und private Aufzeichnungen De Niros zusammengetragen, darunter Gespräche mit Scorsese, Coppola und Pacino. Er eröffnet ein neues faszinierendes Bild der grandiosen Arbeit des zweifachen Oscar-Preisträgers mit seltenen Einblicken in das private Leben des öffentlichkeitsscheuen Schauspielers. Mit großem Bildteil

Robert Plant

Author: Paul Rees
Publisher: Edel:Books
ISBN: 9783841904126
Release Date: 2015-09-02
Genre: Music

Mit Led Zeppelin hat er Musikgeschichte geschrieben, aber auch als Solokünstler ist er bis heute einer der größten und einflussreichsten Persönlichkeiten im Rockbusiness: Robert Plant. In der Biografie Ein Leben erzählt Paul Rees, wie Plant zu dem Menschen wurde, der er heute ist: von seiner Kindheit in England bis hin zu den spektakulären Aufs und Abs der Zeppelin-Jahre, von seinem Verhältnis zu Jimmy Page und John Bonham bis hin zu seiner Solo-Karriere, aus der bis heute einige seiner bedeutendsten Werke hervorgegangen sind. Dazu gibt das Buch private Einblicke in das bewegte Leben von Robert Plant, die Rees in persönlichen Gesprächen mit Plant selbst, seinen Angehörigen und Wegbegleitern geführt hat. Ein vielschichtiges und komplexes Porträt eines Mannes, der gerade erst 19 war, als er den Rock’n’Roll für immer veränderte.

LIFE The Rat Pack

Author: The Editors of LIFE
Publisher: Time Inc. Books
ISBN: 9781683301455
Release Date: 2017-05-26
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

They werenÍt the original bad boys of stage and screen, but they were the most famous: Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Joey Bishop, Peter Lawford and so many hangers-on and wannabes, male and female. Revisit the Í60s in this reissue of a classic LIFE special edition„the Rat Pack is in town. Among the highlights:A new introduction, commemorating what would have been Dean MartinÍs 100th birthdayInside the friendship between Sinatra and John F. Kennedy Jr.The birth of Vegas and how Sin City became the sensation it is todayRare and intimate photos from the great LIFE magazine photographer John Dominis

Dino

Author: Nick Tosches
Publisher:
ISBN: 3453403673
Release Date: 2005
Genre:


Hollywood Italians

Author: Peter E. Bondanella
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 082641544X
Release Date: 2004
Genre: Performing Arts

"This book is a celebration of nearly a century of images of Italians in American motion pictures and their contribution to popular culture." "Hollywood Italians covers the careers of dozens of stars including Rudolph Valentino, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, John Travolta, Sylvester Stallone, Marisa Tomei, James Gandolfini, and many others. In addition, the book reviews the work of such Italian American directors as Francis Ford Coppola and Martin Scorsese." "In all, Hollywood Italians discusses scores of films with a concentration on the most important, including their literary and European-cinematic roots. The book is capped by a comprehensive examination of The Godfather and its two sequels, as well as the international television phenomenon The Sopranos."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Sinatra

Author: James Kaplan
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 9780748130382
Release Date: 2015-10-29
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

Finally the definitive biography that Frank Sinatra, justly termed 'The Entertainer of the Century,' deserves and requires. Like Peter Guralnick on Elvis, Kaplan goes behind the legend to give us the man in full, in his many guises and aspects: peerless singer, (sometimes) powerful actor, business mogul, tireless lover and associate of the powerful and infamous. In 2010's Frank: The Voice, James Kaplan, in rich, distinctive, compulsively-readable prose, told the story of Frank Sinatra's meteoric rise to fame, subsequent failures, and reinvention as a star of the stage and screen. The story of 'Ol' Blue Eyes; continues with Sinatra: The Chairman, picking up the day after Frank claimed his Academy Award in 1954 and had reestablished himself as the top recording artist in music. Frank's life post-Oscar was incredibly dense: in between recording albums and singles, he often shot four or five movies a year; did TV show and nightclub appearances; started his own label, Reprise and juggled his considerable commercial ventures (movie production, the restaurant business, even prizefighter management) alongside his famous and sometimes notorious social activities and commitments.

Hey There You with the Gun in Your Hand

Author: Robert J. Randisi
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 9781429947701
Release Date: 2008-12-09
Genre: Fiction

It's 1961 and Las Vegas is still the place to be. Eddie Gianelli, pit boss at the Sands Casino, now considers the Rat Pack his friends. And this time, his friend Frank Sinatra wants him to help Sammy. Someone has an embarrassing photo of Sammy and wants $25 grand for it. All Eddie has to do is make the pay-off and collect the photo. Easy, right? But at the rendezvous, in place of a blackmailer, Eddie finds a dead body greeting him instead. Pretty soon Eddie and New York torpedo Jerry Epstein are up to their elbows in bodies. There's a double-cross going on. Could the presence of the Secret Service mean that JFK is somehow involved? In this next installment, the Rat Pack is back in full swing. Celebrity cameos with Buddy Hackett and Marilyn Monroe add to the glamor. It's certain the stars are out, and it's up to Eddie to see that they don't fall from the sky.

You re Nobody Til Somebody Kills You

Author: Robert J. Randisi
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 1429918829
Release Date: 2009-09-15
Genre: Fiction

Eddie G.'s services have been enlisted again, this time to help Marilyn Monroe, who thinks she's being followed. When Eddie gets called back to New York, his buddy P.I. Danny Bardini takes up the charge, only to go promptly missing. Eddie returns to Vegas with Brooklyn tough-guy Jerry and the two investigate Marilyn's concerns more seriously, with stops at both Marilyn's home and Frank Sinatra's house in Palm Springs. You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Kills You is a Rat Pack mystery from Robert J. Randisi that crime fiction fans and Vegas lovers won't want to miss.

Masculinity

Author: Peter Lehman
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781135273477
Release Date: 2013-02-01
Genre: Social Science

Lehman brings together new work on masculinity in film by established film scholars, new academics, performance artists, and cultural critics. The essays analyze trends from the role of gay men in saving heterosexuality to the emergence of new queer cinema.

Marilyn

Author: Lois Banner
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 9781408833308
Release Date: 2012-08-02
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

Marilyn Monroe died on 5th August, 1962. Since then, the appetite for information about Monroe has proved insatiable. Lois Banner's new biography is revelatory. Banner had access to material no one else has seen, from a trove of personal papers to facts and anecdotes about her childhood and her death. Banner traces the eleven foster homes Marilyn went to, uncovering the sexual abuse she suffered and her bisexuality. She is also the first biographer to read Monroe's psychiatric records, revealing a woman deeply rooted in paradox. No biographer before has attempted to analyse - much less realise - most of these aspects of her personality. Lois Banner has.

Gest ndnisse eines K chenchefs

Author: Anthony Bourdain
Publisher: Karl Blessing Verlag
ISBN: 9783641106201
Release Date: 2013-02-28
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

Montags keine Meeresfrüchte! Das ist noch eine der harmloseren Gefahren, auf die Anthony Bourdain in seinen gnadenlosen, abgründig witzigen Memoiren hinweist. Von der Strandkneipe bis zum Nobelrestaurant hat er alles durchlebt, was diese wahrhaft heiße Szene zu bieten hat. Ein unvergesslicher Blick hinter die Küchentür und eine abenteuerliche Reise in die dunklen Gefilde der kulinarischen Welt.

The Rat Pack

Author: Shawn Levy
Publisher:
ISBN: 0956648703
Release Date: 2010-10-15
Genre: Photography

Frank Sinatra's legendary clique defined life in the fast lane throughout the 50s and 60s, dominating American culture and epitomising a life of cocktails and Hollywood glamour. A select few photographers, including Sid Avery, captured the Rat Pack in their heyday. Many of their images have been largely stored away, many undeveloped. For the first time, access to these shots has been made possible to produce one deluxe, collector's edition. With in-depth text by leading Rat Pack aficionado Shawn Levy, this magnificent volume is the first collectable photo book on the Rat Pack.