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 Sinatra 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 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 fabulous 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. From the Hardcover edition.

Rat Pack Confidential

Author: Shawn Levy
Publisher: HarperCollins UK
ISBN: 9781841150017
Release Date: 1999
Genre: Entertainers

First biography of The Rat Pack -- Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Dean Martin, Peter Lawford, Joey Bishop et al -- the original Swingers. Brilliant and beautifully written story of their rise and fall, and their connections with the Kennedys and the Mafia, which will appeal to fans of Swingers , Goodfellas and Nick Tosches' Dino. They alit in Las Vegas for a month to make a movie and play a historic nightclub gig they called the Summit; they hit Miami, the Utah desert, Palm Springs, Chicago, Atlantic City, Beverly Hills, Hollywood back lots, illegal gambling dens, saloons, yachts, private jets, the White House itself. It was sauce and vinegar and eau de cologne and sour mash whiskey and gin and smoke and perfume and silk and neon and skinny lapels and tail fins and rockets to the sky. It was swinging and sighing and being a sharpie, it was cutting a figure and digging a scene. while and Joey Bishop when they asked him and Jack Kennedy and Sam Giancana and tables full of cronies and who knew how many broads. It was the ultimate spasm of traditional showbiz -- both the last and the most of its kind. It was the Rat Pack. It was beautiful. Rat Pack Confidential -- you're never far from a cocktail, a swingin' affair and a fist-fight.

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.

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.

Dolce Vita Confidential Fellini Loren Pucci Paparazzi and the Swinging High Life of 1950s Rome

Author: Shawn Levy
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 9780393247596
Release Date: 2016-10-04
Genre: Performing Arts

“A brisk, frothy narrative . . . informative and fun.” —The Wall Street Journal In the dizzying wake of World War II, Rome skyrocketed to prominence as an epicenter of film, fashion, photography, and boldfaced libertinism. Artists, exiles, and a dazzling array of movie talent rushed to Rome for a chance to thrive in this hotbed of excitement. From the photographers who tailed the stars to the legends who secured their place in cinematic fame, Dolce Vita Confidential resurrects the drama that permeated the streets and screens of Rome.

Paul Newman

Author: Shawn Levy
Publisher: Aurum Press Limited
ISBN: 9781845136543
Release Date: 2010-09-25
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

DIV Paul Newman, who died in 2008, achieved superstar status by playing charismatic renegades, broken heroes, and winsome anti-heroes in such classic films as The Hustler, Cool Hand Luke, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Verdict and The Color of Money. And for all the diverse parts he played on the silver screen, Newman occupied nearly as many roles off it. He was a loving husband and family man, a fund raiser, sold his own brand of pasta sauce to make millions for charity, drove racing cars, and much more. Shawn Levy reveals the many sides of this legendary actor in the most comprehensive biography of the star yet published. We see Newman the consummate professional, a stickler for details and a driven worker. In his private life he played the roles of loyal son and brother, supportive husband – married to Joanne Woodward for 50 years – and responsible provider for six children. But Levy shows that Newman and his life were by no means perfect: there was a dalliance with another woman and failings as a father. The death of his only son Scott from a drug overdose in 1978 would haunt Newman for the rest of his life. Ultimately, the author reveals how Newman was able to blend his many roles and become a man of great integrity who was successful at almost everything he tried. It is a fascinating portrait of an extraordinarily gifted man and will leave readers feeling that they have slipped through the security gate and got to know a movie star who was famously guarded about his private life. /div

The Last Playboy

Author: Shawn Levy
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 9780007170609
Release Date: 2006-10-31
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

At one gilded moment in history, his fame was so great that he was known the world over by his nickname alone: Rubi. Pop songs were written about him. Women whom he had never met offered to leave their husbands for him. He had an eye for feminine beauty, particularly when it came with great wealth: Barbara Hutton, Doris Duke, Eva Perón, and Zsa Zsa Gabor. But he was a man's man as well, polo player and race-car driver, chumming around with the likes of Joe Kennedy, Frank Sinatra, Oleg Cassini, Aly Khan, and King Farouk. He was also a jewel thief, and an intimate of one of the world's most bloodthirsty dictators. And when he died at the age of fifty-six—wrapping his sports car around a tree in the Bois de Boulogne—a glamorous era of white dinner jackets at El Morocco and celebrity for its own sake died along with him. He was one of a kind, the last of his breed. And in The Last Playboy, author Shawn Levy brings the giddy, hedonistic, and utterly remarkable story of Porfirio Rubirosa to glorious Technicolor life.

Ready Steady Go Swinging London and the Invention of Cool Text Only

Author: Shawn Levy
Publisher: HarperCollins UK
ISBN: 9780007375752
Release Date: 2014-06-05
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

Shawn Levy, author of ‘Rat Pack Confidential’ brings alive London in the swinging Sixties with a gripping, groovy story of those who created the scene that changed the world. This edition does not include illustrations.

LIFE The Rat Pack

Author: The Editors of LIFE
Publisher: Life
ISBN: 1618930605
Release Date: 2013-04-23
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

They weren't the original bad boys — Humphrey Bogart's Rat Pack of nocturnal revelers came before Frank Sinatra's — but they were the famous ones: Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Joey Bishop, Peter Lawford and a host of hangers-on and wannabes, male and female. In Las Vegas, a city that really did never sleep, and in Hollywood, where they teamed up in matinee movies highlighted by the original Ocean's Eleven, they cut quite a swath through the '60s: a martini-fueled "adult" answer to the Beatles and all else that was happening. LIFE was there to document all of the fun and frolic. John Dominis was sent out on the Sinatra beat, and grew to know and appreciate the singer, an avocational photographer who eventually allowed Dominis into his world — the world of the Rat Pack. Dominis's hundreds of images are, today, something of an historical or sociological document. So many stars from so many spheres were at table with the core of "the clan" (as the boys actually called themselves): Shirley MacLaine, Jackie Gleason, Bing Crosby, President Kennedy, maybe the mob. They are all in this book, as are other Rat Pack intrigues: Sinatra expelling Lawford or Davis for perceived slights, the raucous hotel parties at the Sands and elsewhere. The sixties were swinging indeed when the Rat Pack was in town. In this volume, the Pack is back.

His Way

Author: Kitty Kelley
Publisher: Bantam
ISBN: 9780307767967
Release Date: 2010-11-10
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • With a new afterword by the author in honor of Frank Sinatra’s 100th birthday This is the book that Frank Sinatra tried—but failed—to keep from publication, and it’s easy to understand why. This unauthorized biography goes behind the iconic myth of Sinatra to expose the well-hidden side of one of the most celebrated—and elusive—public figures of our time. Celebrated journalist Kitty Kelley spent three years researching government documents (Mafia-related material, wiretaps, and secret testimony) and interviewing more than 800 people in Sinatra’s life (family, colleagues, law-enforcement officers, friends). The result is a stunning, often shocking exposé of a man as tortured as he was talented, as driven to self-destruction as he was to success. Featuring a new afterword by the author, this fully documented, highly detailed biography—filled with revealing anecdotes—is the penetrating story of the explosively controversial and undeniably multitalented legend who ruled the entertainment industry for fifty years and continues to fascinate to this day. Praise for His Way “The most eye-opening celebrity biography of our time.”—The New York Times “A compelling page-turner . . . Kitty Kelley’s book has made all future Sinatra biographies virtually redundant.”—Los Angeles Herald Examiner From the Trade Paperback edition.

The Rat Pack

Author: Lawrence J. Quirk
Publisher: Taylor Pub
ISBN: 0878339922
Release Date: 1998-01-01
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

Describes the friendship and frenetic lifestyle that Frank Sinatra shared with Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, jr, Peter Lawford, and Joey Bishop

That s Amore

Author: Christopher Smith
Publisher: Taylor Trade Publishing
ISBN: 9781589796591
Release Date: 2004-09-16
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

Ricci Martin takes readers on a tour through his childhood, from the star-studded parties to the exploration of three marriages, eight kids, one family, to the treasured one-on-one time he shared with his father.

Martini Man

Author: William Schoell
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9781461741701
Release Date: 2003-10-10
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

Martini Man goes beyond the simple caricature of the boozy lounge singer with a penchant for racy humor to reveal the substantive man behind that mask. Although Martin's movie roles receive in-depth attention in this incisive biography, as does his career-defining partnership with Jerry Lewis, details of Dino's personal life also abound, such as how Shierly MacLaine dropped by his house "to tell Dean she was in love with him-even though his wife was in the other room." William Schoell's chronicle is a sympathetic portrait that recreates the life and times of one of America's favorite entertainers.

Dino

Author: Nick Tosches
Publisher: Delta
ISBN: 038533429X
Release Date: 1999
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

A biography of Jerry Lewis' partner in comedy discusses Martin's Ohio childhood, his rise to the heights of fame as a singer, his uneasy partnership with Lewis and the Rat Pack, and his troubled personal life

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