Lana Turner: Hearts and Diamonds Take All (Blood Moon's Babylon Series)

Lana Turner: Hearts and Diamonds Take All (Blood Moon's Babylon Series) Author Darwin Porter
ISBN-10 9781936003532
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After Betty Grable, but before there was Marilyn, America's penchant for popcorn blondes focused on LANA, the "ultimate movie star." She had it all: Looks to die for, money to burn, the romantic adulation of the world, and lovers who included the world's most desirable men.

In her 1937 film, They Won't Forget, a 16-year-old Lana, without wearing a brassière, walked down the street with her boobs bouncing. Censors protested, but when it was shown, America cheered and nicknamed her “The Sweater Girl.”

From there, Lana competed with Betty Grable and Rita Hayworth as the pre-eminent pinup girl (“so many men, so little time”) of World War II. Horny GIs referred to her as “the Girl We'd Like to Find in Every Port.”

From the start, her private life was marked with scandal: She aborted Mickey Rooney's baby; seduced a young John F. Kennedy; and fell for Frank Sinatra, who later caught her in bed with another love goddess, Ava Gardner.

In the early 1940s, after a nationwide campaign promoting the sale of War Bonds, Carole Lombard frantically boarded a small plane headed back to Hollywood, suffering a fiery death when it crashed within 13 minutes of takeoff. The risk she took during that thunderstorm was motivated, it was said, by her obsession with rescuing her husband, Clark Gable, from the amorous clutches of Lana Turner.

Tyrone Power―tall, dark, photogenic, and famous―eventually evolved into the greatest love of her life until the Aviator, Howard Hughes, arguably the most psychotic billionaire in the history of Hollywood, flew in to seduce both of them.

Lana (aka “The Ziegfeld Girl”) didn't hear The Postman Always Rings Twice because she was in bed with John Garfield. Later, in search of love, she spent a Weekend at the Waldorf before moving to Green Dolphin Street and later to the notorious Peyton Place, she found it during an experiment with an Imitation of Life.

Gable took her to a Honky Tonk and vowed, “Somewhere I'll Find You,” before their Homecoming reunion. With Ray Milland, she found A Life of Her Own before dancing to The Merry Widow waltz with sexy Fernando Lamas.

Many notoriously hot men―many of them her filmmaking co-stars―lay in her future: Richard Burton, Sean Connery, and Errol “in like Flynn.” Samson (Victor Mature) was said to be “Lana's Biggest Thrill.” Lana rescued Peter Lawford from Elizabeth Taylor; Ricky Ricardo from Lucy; and, when not singing amore with Dean Martin, Kirk Douglas learned that she was Bad and Beautiful both on and off the screen.

"The bombshell" once said, “I wanted one husband and seven babies, but I got the reverse―seven husbands and an only child!” She married Tarzan (Lex Barker) after his designation as “The Sexiest Man in the World,” but the union ended when she caught him seducing her teenaged daughter.

Opinions about Lana were as varied as her changing looks. “She was amoral,” said MGM's CEO, Louis B. Mayer. Robert Taylor commented: “She was the type of woman a guy would risk five years in jail for rape.” Gloria Swanson sniffed, “She wasn't even an actress…only a trollop.” And Ronald Reagan--a man who later became U.S. president--asked, “In what cathouse did she learn those tricks?”

And then there was that embarrassing murder: Did Lana fatally stab her gangster lover, Johnny Stompanato, known for his links to the Mob? Or was the heinous act committed by her daughter, a traumatized teenager who, after time in reform school, officially outed herself as a lesbian?

How did these whirlwinds of scandal affect the gal who had it all? According to Lana, “I'd like to think that in some small way, I've helped to preserve the glamour and beauty and mystery of the movie industry.”

Never before has there been, until now, a definitive, uncensored, and comprehensive biography of "the Ultimate Movie Star," LANA TURNER. Until now.



Lana Turner

Lana Turner Author Darwin Porter
ISBN-10 1936003538
Release 2017-02-01
Pages 624
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After Betty Grable, but before there was Marilyn, America's penchant for popcorn blondes focused on LANA, the movie star who had it all: Looks to die for, money to burn, the romantic adulation of the world, and lovers who included the world's most desirable men. This expose of "The Ultimate Movie Star," is loaded with information that members of the movie-going public never knew. Tragic, myth-shattering, and uncensored, it focuses on MISS LANA TURNER, the most scandalous (and self-enchanted) of the blonde cult goddesses of the 1940s and beyond.



James Dean

James Dean Author Danforth Prince
ISBN-10 193600349X
Release 2016-03-07
Pages 528
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Beginning with his climb from the dusty backroads of Indiana to the most formidable boudoirs of Hollywood, the tortured saga of cult icon James Dean is electrifying. This new biography presents a penetrating and unapologetic look at show biz's most enduring icon of male rage the most insightful and unvarnished to have emerged from the wreckage of the car crash that killed him."



Rock Hudson Erotic Fire

Rock Hudson Erotic Fire Author Darwin Porter
ISBN-10 1936003554
Release 2017-07-01
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In the interim since Rock Hudson's tragic demise as one of the early (and perhaps most shocking, based on his celebrity) victims of AIDS, his legend has evolved into a nationwide cult. Loaded with details never set into print before, this unvarnished, uncensored, unexpurgated overview of his life and career explains why.



Ava Gardner

Ava Gardner Author Kendra Bean
ISBN-10 9780762460434
Release 2017-07-11
Pages 264
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Renowned for her screen performances, down-to-earth personality, and love affair with Frank Sinatra, Ava Gardner left an indelible mark on Hollywood history. Her adventurous life story is told through authoritative text and hundreds of photos in Ava: A Life in Movies. Ava is an illustrated tribute to a legendary life. Authors Kendra Bean and Anthony Uzarowski take a closer look at the Academy Award-nominated actress's life and famous screen roles. They also shed new light on the creation and maintenance of her glamorous image, her marriages, and friendships with famous figures such as Ernest Hemingway, John Huston, and Tennessee Williams. From the backwoods of Grabtown, North Carolina to the bullfighting rings of Spain, from the MGM backlot to the Rome of La Dolce Vita, this lavishly illustrated biography takes readers on the exciting journey of a life lived to the fullest and through four decades of film history with an iconic star.



Bill and Hillary

Bill and Hillary Author Darwin Porter
ISBN-10 1936003473
Release 2015-10-07
Pages 432
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This is about the enduring love affair of Bill and Hillary, and their role as the world's most famous couple. It's based on revelations from witnesses to the dramas of a hard-nosed but nonetheless romantic team who might once again take over the Free World. Two students, meeting at Yale in 1970, united—based on their own brand of love—to launch "The Plan," events from which have already incited both tragedy and triumph.



Hollywood at Play

Hollywood at Play Author Stephen X. Sylvester
ISBN-10 9781493027217
Release 2017-02-01
Pages 272
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Fans from around the world continue to be fascinated by classic-era Hollywood (1925-1960) and its larger-than-life stars. Nostalgia for this simpler, more glamorous time offers a safe and temporary escape from our complex lives. The authors capture this era with in Hollywood at Play, featuring unique and rarely seen images of such legendary stars as Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor, Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, Marilyn Monroe, Clark Gable, Judy Garland, W.C. Fields, and Tyrone Power enjoying fun and relaxation outside of their studios. Hollywood at Play presents iconic images of the classic stars taking time out from the demands of celebrity to enjoy dancing, bike-riding, roller skating, bowling, and playing tennis; diversions offering a chance to relax and be themselves. This delightful and unique book will appeal to classic movie fans, and enthusiasts of celebrity, fashion, and Hollywood history. The photos contained in Hollywood at Play come from the collection of Eddie Brandt’s Saturday Matinee, Hollywood’s first and oldest family-owned photo archive. From the 800,000 images available in their collection the authors have chosen over 200 fascinating and rare photos to include in this book. Among the photos are eight rare photos of a young Marilyn Monroe at play; Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland frolicking at a pool party; Steve McQueen and James Garner astride McQueen’s iconic motorcycle between takes of The Great Escape;Bobby Darin and Sandra Dee out on the town; Sammy Davis Jr. hamming it up with Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra; and many others.



Donald Trump

Donald Trump Author Darwin Porter
ISBN-10 1936003511
Release 2016-09-07
Pages 432
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Love him or hate him, Donald Trump, a bombastic but straight-talking darling of the media, has fascinated millions of Americans. To his enemies, he is the country's worst nightmare a braggart, a fraud, a false prophet, and to the most extreme of the Evangelists, "the Anti-Christ." Whether he eventually occupies the White House or not, he remains one of the most reviled but envied men on the planet. In this carefully researched expose, Blood Moon Productions a publishing venture known for its irreverent overviews of power, celebrity, and fame in America presents an overview of the effect of New York City s favorite oversized billionaire on the face of national elections and world politics."



Peter O Toole

Peter O Toole Author Darwin Porter
ISBN-10 1936003457
Release 2015-04-16
Pages 432
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Born to a vagabond bookie working the U.K's racetracks, Peter O'Toole became "the most notorious sailor in Her Majesty's Royal Navy" and then worked as a street vendor, a paparazzo, a newsman, and a steeplejack before drifting into the London theatre. After his spectacular success in David Lean's four-hour epic, Lawrence of Arabia, he announced, "I've arrived! Ignore me at your peril!" He then went on to be nominated for seven Oscars before emerging as the Crown Prince of the British Theatre. An orgiastic hellraiser, he starred in week-long binges and sex orgies of near Biblical proportions, bedding everyone from Elizabeth Taylor to Princess Margaret, who relentlessly pursued him. Mercurial acting talent on the screen was combined with a lethal off-screen life that "would have landed most blokes in jail" (his words)."



Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Author Darwin Porter
ISBN-10 1936003392
Release 2014-06-07
Pages 707
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Shares details of the former first lady's emotional and romantic life following her marriages to John Kennedy and Aristotle Onassis, describing scandalous love affairs and famous feuds.



Love Triangle

Love Triangle Author Darwin Porter
ISBN-10 1936003414
Release 2015-02-14
Pages 696
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Long before two of its members became the most publicized leaders of the Free World, they were part of an amorous, "winner-take-all" love triangle that rocked Hollywood. Published after decades of research, this triple biography focuses on the one of the strangest three-sided love affairs in presidential history. Read about the bizarre entanglements of Ronald Reagan, Jane Wyman, and a failed, B-List starlet—Nancy Davis—who eventually evolved into one of the most controversial (and demanding) First Ladies in American history.



Marilyn in Manhattan

Marilyn in Manhattan Author Elizabeth Winder
ISBN-10 9781250064974
Release 2017-03-14
Pages 304
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A city, a movie star, and one magical year. In November of 1954 a young woman dressed plainly in a white oxford, dark sunglasses and a black pageboy wig boards a midnight flight from Los Angeles to New York. As the plane’s engines rev she breathes a sigh of relief, lights a cigarette and slips off her wig revealing a tangle of fluffy blonde curls. Marilyn Monroe was leaving Hollywood behind, and along with it a failed marriage and a frustrating career. She needed a break from the scrutiny and insanity of LA. She needed Manhattan. In Manhattan, the most famous woman in the world can wander the streets unbothered, spend hours at the Met getting lost in art, and afternoons buried in the stacks of the Strand. Marilyn begins to live a life of the mind in New York; she dates Arthur Miller, dances with Truman Capote and drinks with Carson McCullers. Even though she had never lived there before, in New York, Marilyn is home. In Marilyn in Manhattan, the iconic blonde bombshell is not only happy, but successful. She breaks her contract with Fox Studios to form her own production company, a groundbreaking move that makes her the highest paid actress in history and revolutionizes the entertainment industry. A true love letter to Marilyn, and a joyous portrait of a city bursting with life and art, Marilyn in Manhattan is a beautifully written, lively look at two American treasures: New York and Marilyn Monroe, and sheds new light on one of our most enduring icons.



Elizabeth Taylor

Elizabeth Taylor Author Darwin Porter
ISBN-10 1936003317
Release 2012
Pages 603
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Reveals gossip, scandals, and secrets from the renowned actress' life, providing insight into her relationships, professional rivalries, and exploits in Hollywood.



Brando Unzipped

Brando Unzipped Author Darwin Porter
ISBN-10 0974811823
Release 2006-01
Pages 625
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Charlton Heston

Charlton Heston Author Marc Eliot
ISBN-10 9780062420466
Release 2017-03-14
Pages 576
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This is the definitive biography of one of the most iconic, complex and enduring legends of Hollywood’s golden age, whose major presence in American film, radio, television, stage and theater lasted beyond the second half of the 20th Century, and whose classic films are known throughout the world. Written by New York Times bestselling, prize-winning author Marc Eliot - Cary Grant, Walt Disney, Clint Eastwood, Steve McQueen, Jack Nicholson, and others - with unprecedented access to the family, friends, and Heston’s private papers, diaries, journal, writings and estate, he tells an unforgettable tale of an extraordinary life you may find difficult to put down. Eliot's biography is rich with facts details and anecdotal material that bring to life the complex story of this most iconic of American popular cultural giants to illuminate Heston's greatest achievements and his personal failures. He examines how a small boy from the backwoods of Michigan rose to become one of Hollywood’s most legendary stars, one of the Greatest Generation’s true-life war heroes - he saw action in the Pacific Theater during World War Two, before moving with his young wife from Chicago to New York’s Hell’s Kitchen to begin their struggle to find success in the theater. Eliot traces Heston’s pioneering work in live television, his being discovered by Hollywood because of it, and tells the amazing saga of his three films for Cecil B. DeMille and his two for William Wyler, including The Ten Commandments and Ben-Hur, the latter for which he won a Best-Actor Oscar, with fascinating new details, documents and photographs never before seen. Eliot follows Heston through the genre of Science Fiction, which he helped revive with Planet of the Apes, and sheds new light on every one of Heston’s iconic films. He also examines Heston’s long political involvements, from being one of the organizers of The Arts Contingent of Marchers who joined with Martin Luther King, Jr. for the March on Washington, to his mentoring under Ronald Reagan for eventual presidency of the Screen Actors Guild, to his late-in-life presidency of the National Rifle Association, all the while being asked by both Republican and Democratic Parties to run for the United States Senate. With unprecedented cooperation with Heston’s family, and never-before-seen personal photos, documents and hand-written letters, Charlton Heston: Hollywood’s Last Icon for the first time tells the real story of Charlton’s Heston’s amazing life, an incisive, detailed, compelling portrayal, both for longtime fans, Hollywood movie lovers everywhere and a new college and TCM generation discovering Heston’s work for the first time.



The Only Astrology Book You ll Ever Need

The Only Astrology Book You ll Ever Need Author Joanna Martine Woolfolk
ISBN-10 9781589796911
Release 2012-02-16
Pages 504
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This new edition of The Only Astrology Book You’ll Ever Need is packed with updated information on Sun signs, Moon signs, Ascending signs, the placement of Planets in your Houses, and the latest astronomical discoveries. This book provides the compatibility between every sign (144 combinations) and dispenses advice about health, money, lifestyle, and romance, while also offering advice on dealing with the negative aspects of each sign. This edition also takes an even closer look at the inner life of the individual and the emotional needs that motivate a person. Chapters include a look back on the history and mythology of astrology as well as the newest developments in astronomy. This is an indispensable source book for unlocking the mysteries of the cosmos through the twenty-first century and beyond.



1100 Words You Need to Know

1100 Words You Need to Know Author Murray Bromberg
ISBN-10 9781438092058
Release 2013-05-01
Pages 408
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A proven Barron’s best-seller, the brand-new sixth edition of 1100 Words You Need to Know has been expanded and updated with more words lists and definitions; analogy exercises; and word in context exercises.All new words for students to learn are placed in the context of sentences that have been selected from well-known novels, plays, poems, newspaper editorials, and TV broadcasts. For optimal ease and enjoyment in learning, the authors recommend 15-minute sessions with this book. Over the years, thousands of students preparing for the SAT and ACT have relied on previous editions of 1100 Words You Need to Know as an ideal way to strengthen their word power. A new feature in the sixth edition is The Lighter Touch 100, a collection of 100 funny one-liners which use words from the book that you need to know.



Marilyn at Rainbow s End

Marilyn at Rainbow s End Author Darwin Porter
ISBN-10 1936003295
Release 2012
Pages 480
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On the fiftieth anniversary of her death, compiles a roundup of the conspiracies and dark secrets behind Hollywood's most notorious mystery--what the author alledges was the murder of Marilyn Monroe.