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

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

by Tom Mankiewicz
     
 

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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

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.

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
"From first page to last, this book is priceless." — Chicago Tribune

"Crane is an engrossing, rather cathartic book of a son coming to terms of his famous father's celebrity and his unsolved, tragic death that somehow resulted from that celebrity." — Montreal Times

"[P]leasant surprises in [Crane's] frank but affectionate book." — WTBF-AM/FM

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813140575
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
Publication date:
05/14/2012
Series:
Screen Classics
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
400
File size:
4 MB

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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