His women were tens, his guns were .38s, and his collection of jewel-encrusted walking canes numbered in the hundreds. For nearly 50 years, Jay Bernstein was a Hollywood fixture, owning one of the most powerful PR firms in Hollywood, making stars of Farrah Fawcett and Suzanne Somers, and producing dozens of television films and series. Future Hollywood insider Jay Bernstein was born outside way outside Tinseltown, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, on June 7, 1937. But Bernstein, helped by his pals the Rat Pack, eventually found his way from the mailrooms of Hollywood to owning a top agency that represented over 600 A-List stars in the ’60s and ’70s. Bernstein’s creative PR stunts made him as famous as his clients, such as paying women to throw hotel keys at Tom Jones and having Entertainment Tonight host Mary Hart’s legs insured by Lloyd’s of London for one million dollars. Bernstein died, with Farrah Fawcett by his side, in 2006 after suffering a stroke. Starmaker is Bernstein’s own behind-the-scenes look at his life the life of an outrageous Hollywood personality, and the stars who surrounded him. It is a true Hollywood memoir, written in Bernstein’s voice by his closest confidante Larry Cortez Hamm.
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About the Author
Jay Bernstein was a legendary Hollywood publicist, personal manager, producer, and director. Larry Cortez Hamm was a ghostwriter of screenplays, newspaper and magazine articles, and autobiographies. David Rubini is a writer, publicist, and executive producer residing in Los Angeles.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I had heard some excerpted stories from this book and they were compelling enough to make me want to read them for myself. Did you know how the whole panty-throwing thing started with Tom Jones? Did you know how complicated Farrah Fawcett's career was? These are things I never found particularly interesting, but once I picked up the book I honestly couldn't put it down. The narrative does get a bit wordy at times (I did find myself skipping over some tedious details). Jay Bernstein led a life that I would never want for myself and as someone who doesn't follow Hollywood I normally don't care about. The stories he tells though, make you want to know detail after detail and this book doesn't keep anything from you.
I am not one for tell-all books, but this one kept me coming back. I was amazed at all Jay Bernstein saw and experienced in his life - however as the book quotes in the beginning: "If the reader prefers this book may be regarded as fiction...." - Hemingway. As a consequence I wonder how much is exaggerated, invented or just omitted. Certainly Bernstein admits that other biographies represent individual accounts differently. Regardless this book is fun, and interesting, and well worth reading. Even if it is fiction.