The Life of Dick Haymes: No More Little White Lies

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The definitive biography of this superstar crooner's rise, fall, and struggle for a comeback
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The definitive biography of this superstar crooner's rise, fall, and struggle for a comeback
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  • ISBN-13: 9781578065516
  • Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
  • Publication date: 4/25/2006
  • Series: Hollywood Legends Series
  • Pages: 283
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 1.30 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2006

    The Record Put Straight...

    Ruth Prigozy has written a balanced account of the life of a man who was tipped for mega stardom in his formative professional years but who then through bad judgement and sometimes fate was destined to struggle for the rest of his life. Several marriages including to film beauties Joanne Dru and Rita Hayworth not to mention the sultry Fran Jeffries kept his name in the press but after a short term contract with Capitol Records in the middle 1950s failed to interest the public or music industry his career faltered. In the early 1960s after the failure of his marriage to Fran Jeffries he left the USA and headed for Europe, which was to be his home for almost a decade. South African born BBC DJ and Record Producer Alan Dell rediscovered Haymes in 1969 and managed to get him into a recording studio for an album entitled ¿Then & Now¿ which was instrumental in getting him back to the USA and giving him another chance. Ruth Prigozy unravels the story of a man who was a complicated gentleman almost from another age and a man who throughout his life could not comprehend his abandonment by a mother whose life style always seemed more important than her children. A mix of facts, memories via interviews with family, friends and those associated with Haymes and even extracts from his own unfinished autobiography. Plenty of excellent pictures too. This is an ¿I couldn¿t put it down¿ book. A compelling read full of highs and lows, surprises and sometimes despair this long awaited biography addresses many of the stories that had been circulating around Hollywood about Haymes and presents the facts for the first time. A must for any fan of the 1940s, musicals, crooners and film stars.

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