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Joseph P. Kennedy's Hollywood Years

The First and Only Outsider to Fleece Hollywood

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Joseph P. Kennedy's Hollywood Years by Cari Beauchamp
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In 1919, when movies were an idea one week, in front of the camera the next and in theaters in a month, few were taking filmmaking seriously as business, but Joseph Kennedy spotted it as 'a gold mine' and he moved so fast and so authoritatively, Louella Parsons hailed him as the 'coming Napoleon of the movie business,' yet seven years later, he was gone, millions of dollars richer. For the first time, Joseph P. Kennedy's Hollywood Years discloses the full story of Kennedy's love affair and business arrangement with the 'reigning Queen of the movies' Gloria Swanson. Beginning with his promise that 'together we can make millions,' they rode the disastrous roller coaster of their Erich von Stroheim epic Queen Kelly to end with Swanson over a million dollars in debt and on the brink of professional ruin. Here, too, are Kennedy's friendships with Marlene Dietrich, Joan Fontaine, and scores of other stars as well as his ruination of the life and career of Fred Thomson, the second highest rated film star of 1928 and his betrayal of two of his key business partners. Cari Beauchamp was one of the first to be allowed access to Kennedy's personal papers, including a maze of deals, memos and letters that had been locked away for decades. She reveals Kennedy as a complex and complicated father, husband and businessman and shatters much of the 'common knowledge' previously assumed about him. This star studded tale of personal greed, business genius and perfect timing exposes how Joseph P. Kennedy charmed, cajoled, railed and manipulated. Beauchamp brings to light how Kennedy made his fortune, what he left in his path, how he changed the business of movie making and how he took what he learned to turn himself and his family into international celebrities.

Author Biography

Cari Beauchamp is the author of Without Lying Down: Frances Marion and the Powerful Women of Early Hollywood, which the New York Times Book Review called 'A revelation'. She also co-wrote and co-produced a documentary based on the film. She has written for The New York Times, Vanity Fair, and Variety and lives in Los Angeles, California.
Release date NZ
February 16th, 2006
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Edition
Main
Imprint
Faber & Faber
Pages
528
Dimensions
159x241x43
ISBN-13
9780571217366
Product ID
2968059

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