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eBook Peter Lawford ePub
Author: James Spada
Language: English
ISBN: 0553297147
ISBN13: 978-0553297140
Publisher: Bantam (July 1, 1992)
Category: Performing Arts
Subcategory: Photo
Rating: 4.7
Votes: 382
Formats: azw lrf lrf lit
ePub file: 1727 kb
Fb2 file: 1577 kb

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Peter Sydney Ernest Lawford (born Peter Sydney Ernest Aylen; 7. .Spada, James (1991), Peter Lawford: The Man Who Kept the Secrets, Bantam Books, ISBN 0-553-07185-8.

Peter Sydney Ernest Lawford (born Peter Sydney Ernest Aylen; 7 September 1923 – 24 December 1984) was an English actor, producer, and socialite, who lived in the United States throughout his adult life. He read only selected books: English fairy stories, English and French classics; no crime stories. Having studied Peter for so long, I decided he was quite unfitted for any career except art, so I cut Latin, Algebra, high mathematics and substituted dramatics instead.

At 23 his first book, Barbra: The First As a thirteen-year-old kid in Staten Island, James Spada started the first Marilyn Monroe Memorial Fan Club.

This New York Times best seller tells the glamorous, scandalous, and. At 23 his first book, Barbra: The First As a thirteen-year-old kid in Staten Island, James Spada started the first Marilyn Monroe Memorial Fan Club. He produced four bulletins and one yearbook a year for four years, when he had to disband the club due to lack of money. In college he founded EMK: The Edward M. Kennedy Quarterly, and worked as an intern in Senator Kennedy’s Boston office in 1970.

All used books sold by Book Fountain. Lawford is kwn to have been the last person to see Monroe alive, and the book deals with the events leading to her death. Peter Lawford starred in films like Easter Parade and The Picture of Dorian Gray, and was kwn for his involvement with many of Hollywood's top names. But he is best remembered for his connections with the Kennedy family and as the man who introduced John . ennedy to Marilyn Monroe. The author's other biographies include Grace: The Secret Life of a Princess and Monroe: Her Life in Pictures.

Excellent book about Peter Lawford and everything else going on in Hollywood! The book begins with Lawford's . James Spada is an absolutely top-notch biographer.

Excellent book about Peter Lawford and everything else going on in Hollywood! The book begins with Lawford's parents and his upbringing and how he got into the movie business and into Hollywood.

This is the seminal biography of legendary actor and Kennedy in-law Peter Lawford. 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.

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Once, Peter Lawford seemed to have it all: a handsome face, a.

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. revealed here for the first time.

Place of Publication. Worth a read if you enjoy retro-Hollywood gossip.

A look at actor Lawford's role in the affairs of John F. and Bobby Kennedy discusses his film career; his romances with the likes of Ava Gardner, Lana Turner, and Rita Hayworth; his place in the Rat Pack; and his friendship with Marilyn Monroe. Reprint.
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Having read Spada's Grace: The Secret Lives of a Princess, I was more than anxious to read his 1991 expose Peter Lawford: The Man Who Kept The Secrets. This was an absolutely absorbing, stunning insider portrait of a remarkable, charismatic man who died broke rather than cash in on the alleged Jack Kennedy/Marilyn Monroe affair. The Marilyn Monroe segment is perhaps too sensationalist to be completely true, but the rest of the book seems factual.

Peter Lawford may have achieved little in the way of acting at MGM, and is best remembered as the late, beloved President's Rat Pack brother-in-law, but his courage, compassion, humility, humor, and respect for his peers persistently shine through. His bizarre peripathetic childhood as the only offspring of displaced, dispossessed, and bitterly racist British aristocrats clearly yielded a well-brought up, handsome young man who was racially tolerant long before the advent of the civil rights movement.

Spada writes with expertise as well as sympathy for his subject to present a near perfect time capsule of the glamourous Hollywood in the pre-television era that lost its bloom in the post-Kennedy years, leading right up through the rise of Ronald Reagan, whose second wife Nancy Davis was a known item around town before she met the future President. Apparently, Peter had a minor dalliance with the putative First Lady some time after his flings with Judy Garland and Lana Turner, but long before she met Ronnie in 1952. His affair with Turner was brutal; she cruelly broke his heart, although he never remained bitter. After that, he became skeptical and would never trust the opposite sex.

In 1954, he married John Kennedy's sister Patricia when they were both thirty. This was when Lawford became financially secure for the first time in his life. He fathered four children in this first of four disastrous marriages but was never a faithful husband. He was more in love with Pat's family's fame and wealth than he was with her. His long term affair with the beautiful Lee Remick continued right up until the President's death in 1963, and there is still some evidence to suggest that Remick may have also bedded the President, although this has never been confirmed.

This is a riveting read that will keep one burning midnight oil until the heartbreaking, tragic end, but somehow a fitting tribute to a lonely man who wrestled too many demons and yet is recalled fondly by nearly all who knew him.
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I get a kick out of celebrity bios and generally take them with a grain of salt. However, having said that, there's much truth in most of them. This bio of Peter Lawford had a strong ring of truth to it and it was an interesting read.

The first part of the book was fascinating. The story of Lawford's mother who didn't want him but deliberately made sure she was impregnated by the "right" man was an interesting start to this story. The way she used that situation to further her social climbing agenda left me with my mouth open, though I'm not a gullible "innocent". I've seen the myriad of ways people can screw up their life and the lives of those around them.

As the book moved into Lawford's growing up years, reading how he was dragged around the world by his restless mother (and his weak, accommodating father), I began to become appalled at the cavalier way he was treated in terms of every aspect of his young life....except for his manners. His faultless, perfect, older-than-his-years manners.....which appear to be the most important focus of his mother in his education. I couldn't believe the casual way this child was brought up and the way he was used by his social climbing mother to further HER ambitions!

Entering Peter Lawford's adult years, the book took a sadder and more distateful turn for me when the Lawfords came to Hollywood and Mama began her machinations to insure Peter was a movie star, made BIG money, and kept her in the style to which she believed was her due. (That's enough for a story of its own!!)

Of course, there were the Kennedy years, his marriage to Kennedy sister Pat, and his involvement (maybe) in the cover up of Marilyn Monroe's death. Interspersed with that scenario was his groveling relationship with volatile Frank Sinatra, his divorce from Pat, his involvement with increaasingly younger women (plus his marriage to a few of them), and his serious decline as drugs took over his life.

I thought this bio was nicely written and well researched. I'm not going to delve deeply who try to find out who spoke truth, who lied, and who had an axe to grind. What I've read here is enough to satisfy my curiosity about this actor.

Peter Lawford was a handsome, winsome man...on the big screen. In reality, he was a confused, indecisive, supremely dysfunctional, Mama's boy who wanted nothing more than his mother's approval and who never got it! Suffice it to say that I began the book fascinated and finished it with a bitter taste in my mouth for what COULD have been in this talented man's life and, tragically, what really was.
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