The Kennedys in Hollywood

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Quirk's book zeroes in on one of the more publicized aspects of the Kennedy family: Their involvement with Hollywood over a seventy year period that began in the 1920s when Joseph Kennedy expanded his business interests into film production. The Kennedys in Hollywood bridges three generations of America's royal family: from Joseph Kennedy's torrid affair with Gloria Swanson and Jack's numerous liaisons with stars such as Gene Tierney, Angie Dickinson and most notoriously Marilyn Monroe, to Maria Shriver's ...

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Overview

Quirk's book zeroes in on one of the more publicized aspects of the Kennedy family: Their involvement with Hollywood over a seventy year period that began in the 1920s when Joseph Kennedy expanded his business interests into film production. The Kennedys in Hollywood bridges three generations of America's royal family: from Joseph Kennedy's torrid affair with Gloria Swanson and Jack's numerous liaisons with stars such as Gene Tierney, Angie Dickinson and most notoriously Marilyn Monroe, to Maria Shriver's marriage to Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger and John Jr.'s relationship with Daryl Hannah. Longtiime Hollywood reporter and writer Quirk has used his knowledge and friendship with the Kennedys and many film stars to create a engrossing saga of America's most revered dynasty. The engrossing story is illustrated with rare photographs ranging from movie stills of the silent-film beauties persued by Joe Sr. to candid shots of John Jr., Shriver, and Schwarzenegger.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The enduring soap-operatic status of the Kennedy family fuels yet another volume of Tinselown tidbits. Boasting social ties to the Kennedys via his grandfather and various uncles, veteran Hollywood observer Quirk (Fasten Your Seatbelts, etc.) cuts and pastes material he's collected during decades of entertainment world interviews. His best passages appear early on, when he chronicles patriarch Joseph Kennedy's legendary penchant for silent film stars (like Gloria Swanson), shady business dealings and political ambitions. Quirk seems genuinely intrigued by this material. But as the narrative progresses, he loses his focus and his prose gets sloppier ("Lee [Remick] liked to spread herself around"). JFK is a shadowy figure here, but Peter Lawford, with his boozy, bisexual life, makes for a far more vivid, if supporting, character. Quirk takes time out to offer iconoclastic, withering opinions on Marilyn Monroe ("...not a very nice person... monstrously self-pitying and self-dramatizing") and wraps up with a look at the younger Kennedy generation, including John Kennedy Jr., whom he claims has real acting talent. Quirk's main point, in fact, besides recycling gossip, seems to be a lament that the Kennedy men have never been movie stars. "Certainly the Kennedys, in the way they raised their sons, were guilty not only of creativity thwartingforcing talented actors to become lawyers, for instancebut of inculcating ridiculously lopsided sexual and romantic values." Photos, not seen by PW. 80,000 first printing; $75,000 ad/promo; author tour. (Sept.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780815412960
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/2004
  • Edition description: Updated Edition
  • Pages: 408
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.92 (h) x 1.08 (d)

Meet the Author

Lawrence J. Quirk is the author of more than twenty-five books, including the bestseller Fasten Your Seatbelts: The Passionate Life of Bette Davis, The Films of Gloria Swanson, and Robert Francis Kennedy. His family-noted in Massachusetts's politics for most of the century-has know the Kennedys since before the turn of the century. Quirk lives in New York City.

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