Peter Lawford

Peter Lawford

by James Spada
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Peter Lawford by James Spada

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."

Product Details

BN ID: 2940013872486
Publisher: Author & Company
Publication date: 12/22/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 407,929
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

James Spada is a leading authority on Hollywood actors and actresses. He is also the author of GRACE: Secret Life of a Princess, STREISAND, and MONROE. You can find out more about Jim and his work at

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nice to see other side of Stardom.Nice guy,if you like that type.Always liked Peter but didn't know too much about him.His life,married to a Kennedy is very different than expected.Being married to a sister of one of our Presidents and putting up with Peters side activities,because of her Fathers way of life is really sad.Al in all I enjoyed reading this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Peter Lawford, John F. Kennedy, Marilyn Monroe, Frank Sinatra, Liz Taylor, Judy Garland, Dean Martin, Lana Turner, Ava Gardner -- besides being some of the best looking, most talented and most charming people in the history of the world almost every single one of them ended up being a tragedy unto themselves in multiple ways. That being said, Spada has written the most fascinating, moving, funny, painful, insightful portrait of the culture of Hollywood as seen in relation to the orbit of actor Lawford. Anyone who wants to understand any of the aforementioned individuals needs to read this book to fill in the blanks. Enjoy!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sad and mesmerizing at the same time. Lawford's undeniable talent and early promise make his downward spiral all the more regrettable. Was he another victim of Dallas?
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