The Man Who Seduced Hollywood: The Life and Loves of Greg Bautzer, Tinseltown's Most Powerful Lawyer

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In Hollywood history, no other lawyer has achieved the movie star–like fame and glamour that Greg Bautzer enjoyed. This revealing biography tells, for the first time, the amazing story of a self-made man who for 50 years used his irresistible charm and prodigious legal talent to dominate the courtrooms, boardrooms, and bedrooms of Hollywood. Columnists dubbed him “Hollywood Bachelor Number One,” and for good reason. His long-term relationships and momentary conquests were a who’s who of leading ladies. Through ...

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Overview

In Hollywood history, no other lawyer has achieved the movie star–like fame and glamour that Greg Bautzer enjoyed. This revealing biography tells, for the first time, the amazing story of a self-made man who for 50 years used his irresistible charm and prodigious legal talent to dominate the courtrooms, boardrooms, and bedrooms of Hollywood. Columnists dubbed him “Hollywood Bachelor Number One,” and for good reason. His long-term relationships and momentary conquests were a who’s who of leading ladies. Through exclusive interviews with those who knew him best, the book uncovers the inner workings of not only Bautzer the high-powered Hollywood lawyer—whose clients included billionaire Howard Hughes—but Bautzer the man.

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"It’s been said, accurately I believe, that lawyers really run Hollywood—from papering the deals to preserving the myths of their celebrity clients. Many have tried, but few have plied that trade with the skills and panache of Tinseltown’s original legal Lothario, Greg Bautzer. There’s another expression: it takes one to know one—and boy does Hollywood attorney-turned-author James Gladstone know Bautzer. In The Man Who Seduced Hollywood, Gladstone combines meticulous research with a breezy writing style that Bautzer himself would have loved. Lana, Ginger, Rita, Ava, they’re all here, and they were all enthralled by Bautzer. If you miss the golden age of Hollywood—before the Kardashians, Hiltons, and Lohans usurped it—you won’t put this book down, as you read about how that once glamorous world danced to the tune of Gregson Bautzer, Esq." —Gus Russo, author of Supermob and The Outfit

"Greg Bautzer was the ultimate Hollywood Insider, swashbuckling attorney, legendary dealmaker, ladies man without peer. Powerful, glamorous, fearless--he stood up to Bugsy Siegel and Joan Crawford--Bautzer made the moguls tremble and the starlets and movie queens quiver. Jim Gladstone's The Man Who Seduced Hollywood, a never-before-told story, is fascinating, startling, impeccably researched and irresistibly entertaining." —Lee Server, author of Ava Gardner: Love is Nothing

“James Gladstone breathes life into the legendary swordsman, revealing the secrets of his romances, as well his talents as a consigliere to men such as Howard Hughes, Robert Evans, and Kirk Kerkorian. Lovingly researched, thoroughly enjoyable.” —John Buntin, author of L.A. Noir: The Struggle for the Soul of America's Most Seductive City

“In his time, there was no more famous a lothario or as charismatic a ladies man or power player in Hollywood than lawyer Greg Bautzer. The instant I met him I understood why: he was dashing, charming, and pulled you into his orbit before you realized you’d been snagged. James Gladstone’s biography is the first to tell his story, and it’s filled with the kind of juicy inside information about everyone from Lana Turner to Ingrid Bergman and beyond that makes for a very lively, satisfying read.” —Robert Osborne, Hollywood historian and host of Turner Classic Movies

“As Gladstone tells it in this unusual take on Hollywood’s golden age, Bautzer cultivated an image as a dashing, eligible bachelor, an image designed to gain him maximum exposure in the high-flying circles where he hoped to find clients … In his time, he was as famous, as widely photographed, and as talked-about as many big-name celebrities. This is a very good book about a very famous man who is now, sadly, almost entirely forgotten.”—Booklist

The Man Who Seduced Hollywood is the rare movie industry tome that combines juicy gossip with a look at the real business machinations of the dream factories in their prime.”— Connecticut Post online

“A fascinating new biography … Sex, glamour and big business is revealed amusingly and intelligently in The Man Who Seduced Hollywood."—gossip writer Liz Smith for the New York Social Diary

"[Author B. James] Gladstone has told [Bautzer's] story well." —Palm Beach Post

Library Journal
Gladstone (executive VP, business & legal affairs, Lionsgate Entertainment) examines the life of celebrity lawyer Greg Bautzer (1911–87) and his high-profile romances with a young Lana Turner and Joan Crawford,ner and Joan Crawford,ner and Joan Crawford,ner and Joan Crawford,ner and Joan Crawford,ner and Joan Crawford,ner and Joan Crawford,ner and Joan Crawford,regurgitating the same old stories about metal forefathers Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, and Metallica, Wiederhorn and Turman dedicate the bulk of their book’s considerable girth to an examination of the genre’s new heroes—Pantera, Lamb of God—along with subgenres—nu-metal, industrial metal—often ignored by metal’s old guard. While this considerable collection of commentary on the genre’s most famous characters has considerable merit as an exploration of the art form, it’s diluted by an overload of repetitive, salacious stories of chemical abuse, sexual deviancy, and self-destruction. It’s disappointing, because the book also dissects metal and all of its subgenres in a thoughtful, unbiased way not often found in cultural critiques of the music.

Verdict The definitive metal oral history? No. But for readers into backstage gossip about feuding musicians, heroin overdoses, and groupie tales that would make Larry Flynt blush, this is a damn good read.—Rob Morast, Norfolk, VA
(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781613745793
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/1/2013
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 254,044
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

B. James Gladstone is executive vice president of business and legal affairs for Lionsgate Entertainment. He previously served as in-house counsel for Artisan Entertainment and worked in production and marketing at Vestron Pictures before becoming a lawyer. He lives in Los Angeles. Robert Wagner is an actor best known for his roles on the television shows Hart to Hart and It Takes a Thief, and in the Austin Powers trilogy of films.

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