Peter Lawford

Peter Lawford

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by James Spada
     
 

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The seminal (and New York Times bestselling) biography of MGM actor Peter Lawford, brother-in-law to John F. Kennedy, friend to Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, Judy Garland and others. As Publisher's Weekly describes: "From Bobby-Sox idol to Kennedy spouse and Marilyn Monroe intimate, his life was a dizzying whirl of sex, scandal, an secrets even the tabloids dared… See more details below

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The seminal (and New York Times bestselling) biography of MGM actor Peter Lawford, brother-in-law to John F. Kennedy, friend to Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, Judy Garland and others. As Publisher's Weekly describes: "From Bobby-Sox idol to Kennedy spouse and Marilyn Monroe intimate, his life was a dizzying whirl of sex, scandal, an secrets even the tabloids dared not print... Once, Peter Lawford seemed to have it all: a handsome face, a sophisticated wit, a talent that won him overnight stardom and entree into a world of beautiful, powerful people. Veteran of film roles in Easter Parade, Little Women, Good News, and The Picture of Dorian Gray, the actor had romanced screen sirens Ava Gardner, Lana Turner, and Rita Hayworth; joined Frank Sinatra's Rat Pack; become one of sex goddess Marilyn Monroe's closest confidants; and capped it off by marrying into the famed Kennedy clan. But beneath the glamour of his movie-star life, his fairy-tale marriage, and his legendary friends, lived a man beset by childhood demons that would lead him into alcohol, drugs, shocking sexual escapades—and a controversial role in the cover-up of Marilyn Monroe's death. Now, renowned biographer James Spada tells the fascinating, heartrending story of this deeply troubled man, destined to be remembered best for the secrets he took to his grave... revealed here for the first time."

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Editorial Reviews

Cosmopolitan Magazine
"Telling Lawford's life story in incredible, disturbing detail, Spada evokes the world of MGM contract players in 1940s Hollywood, the Camelot of the Kennedy years...the horror of life after the President's assassination, and twenty years of descent into hell. It not only makes a brutal, fascinating story but offers glimpses into some events that still obsess us."
Library Journal - Kim Holston
Lawford starred in... movies such as "Good News" and "Little Women"... Spada balances Lawford's professional and personal lives as the ultimately self-destructive actor never could. Spada chronicles Lawford's British heritage, marriages to Pat Kennedy and... close friendships with Judy Garland, and Jackie Kennedy, and his descent into alcohol and drug abuse. This excellently written, thoroughly researched and documented portrait is as compelling as it is distressing. Highly recommended."
Los Angeles Times
“A compelling morality tale, largely because Lawford's life was more Dickensian than Dickens. Compulsive reading."
Showbiz Magazine
"The charming, suave, and debonair actor who was probably best known for being married to JFK's sister Pat and keeping the confidences of the President and Marilyn Monroe, managed to his biggest secret--himself--from the public, until now. Your heart will break as Spada takes you through this courtesan of Camelot's tragic life."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940013872486
Publisher:
Author & Company
Publication date:
12/22/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
171,234
File size:
5 MB

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