The popular screen and stage star Laurence Harvey (1928-1973) is best remembered for his stellar performance in the film The Manchurian Candidatea 20th century classic. Of his 50 films, Room At the Top not only brought sexual permissiveness to American and British screens and an 'scar nomination, but it also branded him a heartthrob sensation. For all his fame and fortune, Harvey's short life was riddled with controversy, demonized by critics, and fraught with tragedy. In this revealing biography by Harvey's sister-in-law, readers are provided a close-up view of his career, his three marriages and his longtime sexual affair with one of his male producers. It also details his battle with cancer and his failure to acknowledge its seriousness. Packed with personal anecdotes, more than twenty black and white photographs, and a filmography, Reach for the Top: The Turbulent Life of Laurence Harvey will fascinate film students, scholars, and fans of the actor.
About the Author
Anne Sinai is a writer and has co-authored books about the Middle East. She is the former editor of Middle East Review.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Acknowledgments Chapter 2 1 A Lithuanian Childhood Chapter 3 2 Growing Up White in South Africa Chapter 4 3 The Youngest South African Soldier Chapter 5 4 The Scorned Alien Learns His Craft in England Chapter 6 5 Becoming Laurence Harvey: The First Films Chapter 7 6 A Biting Tongue, Adoring Fans, and Trips to Paris Chapter 8 7 Averting a Potential Scandal Chapter 9 8 Enter Hermione Baddeley, "A Rather Splendid Old Girl" Chapter 10 9 Enter James Woolf, and Fame, Fortune, and Friendship Chapter 11 10 Shakespeare and Margaret Leighton Chapter 12 11 Romeo and Juliet Chapter 13 12 Coming Home to MotherBriefly Chapter 14 13 Marriage, but Not Togtherness Chapter 15 14 Room at the Top Brings International Stardom Chapter 16 15 The Alamo and Butterfield 8 Chapter 17 16 Scandal and Divorce Chapter 18 17 The Manchurian Candidate Chapter 19 18 "The Hottest Star in Town" Chapter 20 19 The Death of James WoolfEnter Paulene Stone Chapter 21 20 Marriage to Joan Chapter 22 21 Promises to Paulene, Married to Joan Chapter 23 22 Aftermath Chapter 24 Laurence Harvey's Films Chapter 25 Bibliography Chapter 26 Index Chapter 27 About the Author