My Life as a Mankiewicz: An Insider's Journey through Hollywood

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The son of famed director and screenwriter Joseph L. Mankiewicz (All About Eve [1950], Guys and Dolls [1955], Cleopatra [1963]) and the nephew of Citizen Kane screenwriter Herman Mankiewicz, Tom Mankiewicz was genuine Hollywood royalty. He grew up in Beverly Hills and New York, spent summers on his dad's film sets, had his first drink with Humphrey Bogart, dined with Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, went to the theater with Ava Gardner, and traveled the world writing for Brando, Sinatra, and Connery. Although...

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Overview

The son of famed director and screenwriter Joseph L. Mankiewicz (All About Eve [1950], Guys and Dolls [1955], Cleopatra [1963]) and the nephew of Citizen Kane screenwriter Herman Mankiewicz, Tom Mankiewicz was genuine Hollywood royalty. He grew up in Beverly Hills and New York, spent summers on his dad's film sets, had his first drink with Humphrey Bogart, dined with Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, went to the theater with Ava Gardner, and traveled the world writing for Brando, Sinatra, and Connery. Although his family connections led him to show business, Tom "Mank" Mankiewicz forged a career of his own, becoming a renowned screenwriter, director, and producer of acclaimed films and television shows. He wrote screenplays for three James Bond films — Diamonds Are Forever (1971), Live and Let Die (1973), and The Man with the Golden Gun (1974) — and made his directorial debut with the hit TV series Hart to Hart (1979—1984). My Life as a Mankiewicz is a fascinating look at the life of an individual whose creativity and work ethic established him as a member of the Hollywood writing elite.

Mankiewicz details his journey through the inner world of the television and film industries, beginning with his first job as production assistant on The Comancheros (1961), starring John Wayne. My Life as a Mankiewicz illuminates his professional development as a writer and director, detailing his friendships and romantic relationships with some of Hollywood's biggest stars as well as his struggle with alcohol and drugs. With the assistance of Robert Crane, Mankiewicz tells a story of personal achievement and offers an insider's view of the glamorous world of Hollywood during the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s.

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Editorial Reviews

The Washington Post
…prime firsthand anecdotes fill this consistently readable and entertaining book…Mankiewicz's snapshot portraits of the famous are primarily positive and generous, without being fawning. Here's Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, Gore Vidal, Sophia Loren, each seeming true-to-form yet, thanks to Tom's fresh insights, something more.
—John DiLeo
From the Publisher
"Tom Mankiewicz was as close to royalty as one can get in Hollywood.... He was also a raconteur of the highest order and many of his favorite stories appear in My Life as a Mankiewicz." —Los Angeles Times" —

"One of the best personal accounts of show business ever published." —Weekly Standard" —

"Every aspiring film writer, producer, director and movie fanatic should lay hands on this book."—Liz Smith, Huffington Post" —

"Tom Mankiewicz's novel My Life as a Mankiewicz has me enthralled. The movies. The name dropping. The little incidences. — Daily Awareness" — Daily Awareness

"You can hear Tom tell these stories—of navigating sexy, alluring Hollywood while burdened with the expectations that came with being the son of Joseph Mankiewicz.—Ben Mankiewicz" — Ben Mankiewicz, The Week

"My Life as a Mankiewicz is a treasure-trove of observations and anecdotes about Hollywood from the 1960s to the 1980s and the people who made movies back then." — Independence Daily Reporter

"Chock full of fascinating stories from his more than four decades in the Hollywood trenches...for those who enjoy gossipy Hollywood tomes written by intelligent, wryly cynical insiders, Being Mankiewicz is an entertaining and engrossing read." — Hey U Guys

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813136059
  • Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
  • Publication date: 5/8/2012
  • Series: Screen Classics Series
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 1,038,161
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Tom Mankiewicz (1942—2010) was a screenwriter, director, and producer of motion pictures and television series, perhaps best known for his work on the James Bond films, Superman (1978), Superman II (1980), and the television series Hart to Hart (1979—1984).

Robert Crane is coauthor of Bruce Dern: Things I've Said, but Probably Shouldn't Have — An Unrepentant Memoir, Jack Nicholson: The Early Years, and SCTV: Behind the Scenes as well as a contributor to Hal Ashby: Interviews. He lives in Los Angeles.

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Table of Contents

Preface ix

Prologue: This Will Never Happen to You 1

1 The Family 3

2 The 1940s: Growing Up 13

3 The 1950s: Developing a Character 25

4 The 1960s: Hollywood Off-Ramp 49

5 The 1960s Gallery 101

6 The 1970s: Arrival 133

7 The 1970s Gallery 237

8 The 1980s: Calling Dr. Mankiewicz 249

9 The 1980s Gallery 301

10 The 1990s: What a Fucking Business 313

11 The Tag: Out of Film 327

Acknowledgments 341

Filmography 343

Index 349

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