Ladies' Man: The Life and Trials of Marvin Mitchelson

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Ladies' Man: The Life and Trials of Marvin Mitchelson is the extraordinary saga of Marvin Mitchelson, the ruthless Hollywood divorce lawyer who, intoxicated by his own success, lived the life of a user - of his clients, of women, of drugs, of publicity. Ladies' Man shows how the things he so cleverly manipulated to fuel his fame and fortune eventually came back to haunt him. Award-winning author John A. Jenkins brings to life the sensational trials in which Mitchelson made his mark - from his historic arguments ...
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Ladies' Man: The Life and Trials of Marvin Mitchelson is the extraordinary saga of Marvin Mitchelson, the ruthless Hollywood divorce lawyer who, intoxicated by his own success, lived the life of a user - of his clients, of women, of drugs, of publicity. Ladies' Man shows how the things he so cleverly manipulated to fuel his fame and fortune eventually came back to haunt him. Award-winning author John A. Jenkins brings to life the sensational trials in which Mitchelson made his mark - from his historic arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court, to the palimony trial of Michelle Triola Marvin and the divorce case of sultry actress Joan Collins. But Ladies' Man also goes beyond the courtroom and behind Mitchelson's celebrity mask by describing the renowned lawyer's darker side, including his sexual escapades with clients and others, his drug use, his financial troubles, and his problems with the legal establishment. Also included are observations and insights from Mitchelson himself, derived from extensive interviews by the author. And perhaps most important, Ladies' Man probes into how the authorities handled the many complaints about Mitchelson, and asks how America's most visible lawyer evaded, for so many years, those who could have stopped him.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Journalist and author Jenkins ( The Litigators ) masterfully recounts the life of Mitchelson, ``divorce lawyer to the stars.'' The famous Hollywood attorney resembles a Dickensian figure, but one who alarms instead of amuses. A poor student who squeaked past the bar at age 29 in 1957, within 10 years Mitchelson was winning multimillion-dollar divorce settlements for Pamela Mason, ex-wife of the actor James, and other famous folk. The lawyer prospered through the years and his reputation grew, particularly when he represented Michelle Marvin in her palimony suit against actor Lee Marvin, settled in 1979. Recently, however, Mitchelson, accused of defrauding clients, drug addiction, rape and other sexual crimes, has been forced to defend himself. That is now the main concern of the man who agreed with Dickens's Mr. Bumble that ``the law is a ass!''--and often proved it. (Aug.)
Library Journal
This unauthorized biography chronicles the humble origins, rise to fame, and relentless quest for publicity of Marvin Mitchelson, dubbed the ``Prince of Palimony'' for successfully obtaining legal protection for live-in lovers. Mitchelson's most famous cases--Michelle Marvin, Pamela Mason, and Joan Collins--are detailed, as is his appearance before the U.S. Supreme Court. His hushed-up problems with the Internal Revenue Service over tax evasion, his cocaine use, and charges that he has raped clients are all carefully documented. Written by a journalist and author of The Litigators ( LJ 4/1/89), this is a surprisingly believable and engrossing account intended for the lay reader.-- Elizabeth Fielder Olson, Archer & Greiner, Haddonfield, N.J.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312078560
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/1992
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Pages: 320

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