Money, Murder, and Dominick Dunne: A Life in Several Acts

Money, Murder, and Dominick Dunne: A Life in Several Acts

by Robert Hofler
Money, Murder, and Dominick Dunne: A Life in Several Acts

Money, Murder, and Dominick Dunne: A Life in Several Acts

by Robert Hofler


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Dominick Dunne seemed to live his entire adult life in the public eye, but in this biography Robert Hofler reveals a conflicted, enigmatic man who reinvented himself again and again. As a television and film producer in the 1950s–1970s, hobnobbing with Humphrey Bogart and Natalie Wood, he found success and crushing failure in a pitiless Hollywood. As a Vanity Fair journalist covering the lives of the rich and powerful, he mesmerized readers with his detailed coverage of spectacular murder cases—O.J. Simpson, the Menendez brothers, Michael Skakel, Phil Spector, and Claus von Bülow. He had his own television show, Dominick Dunne's Power, Privilege, and Justic. His five best-selling novels, including The Two Mrs. Grenvilles, People Like Us, and An Inconvenient Woman, were inspired by real lives and scandals. The brother of John Gregory Dunne and brother-in-law of Joan Didion, he was a friend and confidante of many literary luminaries. Dunne also had the ear of some of the world's most famous women, among them Princess Diana, Nancy Reagan, Liz Smith, Barbara Walters, and Elizabeth Taylor.

Dunne admitted to inventing himself, and it was that public persona he wrote about in his own memoir, The Way We Lived Then. Left out of that account, but brought to light here, were his intense rivalry with his brother John Gregory, the gay affairs and relationships he had throughout his marriage and beyond, and his fights with editors at Vanity Fair. Robert Hofler also reveals the painful rift in the family after the murder of Dominick's daughter, Dominique—compounded by his coverage of her killer's trial, which launched his career as a reporter.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780299311506
Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
Publication date: 04/18/2017
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 748,166
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Robert Hofler has been an entertainment editor for decades at several publications, including Life, Us, and Variety. He is the author of The Man Who Invented Rock Hudson and Party Animals, as well as Sexplosion: How a Generation of Pop Rebels Broke All the Taboos. The lead theater critic for TheWrap, Hofler lives in New York City.

Table of Contents

1 Father and Sondheim 2 Marriage and Puppets 3 Mengers and Disaster 4 Begelman and Purgatory 5 Capote and Suicide 6 Didions and Murder 7 Bloomingdales and Videotapes 8 Von Bülow and Comas 9 Novels and Payback 10 Kennedys and Cover-Ups 11 Menendez and Lies 12 O.J. and Parties 13 Princess Diana and Breakdowns 14 Skakels and Wills 15 Fuhrman and Libel 16 Apologies and Memoirs 17 Safra and Paranoia 18 Editors and E-mails 19 Spector and Sons 20 Clinics and Sondheim Acknowledgments Notes Bibliography Filmography Index
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