Deconstructing Sammy

Deconstructing Sammy
Author: Matt Birkbeck
Publsiher: Harper Collins
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2009-10-06
ISBN 10: 0061982415
ISBN 13: 9780061982415
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Deconstructing Sammy Book Review:

Sammy Davis Jr. lived a storied life. Adored by millions over a six-decade-long career, he was considered an entertainment icon and a national treasure. But despite lifetime earnings that topped $50 million, Sammy died in 1990 near bankruptcy. His estate was declared insolvent, and there was no possibility of itever using Sammy's name or likeness again. It was as if Sammy had never existed. Years later his wife, Altovise, a once-vivacious woman and heir to one of the greatest entertainment legacies of the twentieth century, was living in poverty, and with nowhere else to go, she turned to a former federal prosecutor, Albert "Sonny" Murray, to make one last attempt to resolve Sammy's debts, restore his estate, and revive his legacy. For seven years Sonny probed Sammy's life to understand how someone of great notoriety and wealth could have lost everything, and in the process he came to understand Sammy as a man whose complexity makes for a riveting work of celebrity biography as cultural history. Matt Birkbeck's serious work of investigative journalism unveils the extraordinary story of an international celebrity at the center of a confluence of entertainment, politics, and organized crime, and shows how even Sammy's outsized talent couldn't save him from himself.

Focus On 100 Most Popular Vaudeville Performers

Focus On  100 Most Popular Vaudeville Performers
Author: Wikipedia contributors
Publsiher: e-artnow sro
Total Pages: 329
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Focus On 100 Most Popular American Male Musical Theatre Actors

Focus On  100 Most Popular American Male Musical Theatre Actors
Author: Wikipedia contributors
Publsiher: e-artnow sro
Total Pages: 329
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Focus On 100 Most Popular Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award Winners

Focus On  100 Most Popular Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award Winners
Author: Wikipedia contributors
Publsiher: e-artnow sro
Total Pages: 329
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Focus On 100 Most Popular American Male Soap Opera Actors

Focus On  100 Most Popular American Male Soap Opera Actors
Author: Wikipedia contributors
Publsiher: e-artnow sro
Total Pages: 329
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Focus On 100 Most Popular American Impressionists Entertainers

Focus On  100 Most Popular American Impressionists  Entertainers
Author: Wikipedia contributors
Publsiher: e-artnow sro
Total Pages: 329
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The Quiet Don

The Quiet Don
Author: Matt Birkbeck
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2013-10-01
ISBN 10: 1101618264
ISBN 13: 9781101618264
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Quiet Don Book Review:

To what extent was Rosario “Russell” Bufalino involved in the disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa in 1975? In the CIA’s recruitment of gangsters to assassinate Fidel Castro? In organizing the historic meeting of crime chieftains in 1957? Even in the production of The Godfather movie? Secretive—even reclusive—Russell Bufalino quietly built his organized crime empire in the decades between Prohibition and the Carter presidency. His reach extended far beyond the coal country of Scranton, Pennsylvania, and quaint Amish farms near Lancaster. Bufalino had a hand in global, national, and local politics of the largest American cities, many of its major industries, and controlled the powerful Teamsters Union. His influence also reached the highest levels of Pennsylvania government and halls of Congress, and his legacy left a culture of corruption that continues to this day. A uniquely American saga that spans six decades, The Quiet Don follows Russell Bufalino’s remarkably quiet ascent from Sicilian immigrant to mob soldier to a man described by a United States Senate subcommittee in 1964 as “one of the most ruthless and powerful leaders of the Mafia in the United States.” INCLUDES PHOTOS

Ink

Ink
Author: Anonim
Publsiher: Anonim
Total Pages: 329
Release: 2008
ISBN 10:
ISBN 13: IND:30000125076053
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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A Deadly Secret

A Deadly Secret
Author: Matt Birkbeck
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2015-03-30
ISBN 10: 110198743X
ISBN 13: 9781101987438
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Deadly Secret Book Review:

The recent arrest in New Orleans and the HBO documentary The Jinx have put Robert Durst back in the headlines. Here, from the first reporter to access Durst’s NYPD files, is the authoritative account of a decades-long criminal odyssey—the very book found in Durst’s own apartment when it was searched by police. When medical student Kathie Durst vanished in 1982, she was married to Robert Durst, son of a New York real estate magnate. Kathie’s friends had reason to implicate her husband. They told police that Kathie lived in terror of Robert, and that she had uncovered incriminating financial evidence about him. But Durst’s secrets went even deeper. For decades, Kathie’s disappearance remained a mystery. Then in 2001, Durst, an heir to an empire valued at two billion dollars, was arrested for shoplifting in Pennsylvania. When the police brought him in, they discovered that he was a suspect in the murder of Texas drifter Morris Black, whose dismembered remains were found floating in Galveston Bay, and that Durst was also wanted for questioning in the killing of his friend, Susan Burman, in Los Angeles. Based on interviews with family, friends, and acquaintances of Durst, law enforcement, and others involved in the case, A Deadly Secret is a cross-country odyssey of stolen IDs and multiple identities that raises baffling questions about one of the country’s most prominent families—and one of its most elusive suspected killers. Includes additional material not in the original Berkley edition and eight pages of photographs

A Beautiful Child

A Beautiful Child
Author: Matt Birkbeck
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2005-08-02
ISBN 10: 9781440623660
ISBN 13: 144062366X
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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Sharon Marshall was a brilliant and beautiful student whose future was filled with promise—until her murderous, fugitive father drew her into a lifetime of deception that became one of the most baffling cases in the annals of American true crime. A student at Forest Park High School near Atlanta, Georgia, popular blonde-haired Sharon Marshall was at the top of her class. Serving as a Lt. Colonel in the ROTC, she earned a full scholarship to Georgia Tech University to study aerospace engineering. She was the ultimate girl next door, sweet, generous, and well-adjusted. But Sharon had disturbing secrets so shocking and unique, they took more than a decade to unravel... This is the horrifying true story of a mysterious young woman caught in the violent web of the murderous fugitive she called her father—and a heartrending testament to the profound courage and perseverance of one woman trapped in the grip of extreme evil.

Library Journal

Library Journal
Author: Anonim
Publsiher: Anonim
Total Pages: 329
Release: 2008
ISBN 10:
ISBN 13: UCSC:32106017981504
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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Yes I Can

Yes I Can
Author: Burt Boyar
Publsiher: Anonim
Total Pages: 329
Release: 2012
ISBN 10: 9781301359011
ISBN 13: 1301359017
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Yes I Can Book Review:

In Yes I Can, his 1965 worldwide Number One Best Selling autobiography, Sammy Davis recounts the extraordinary obstacles he overcame to become the undisputed world's greatest entertainer. He describes his personal conviction, the view of success that both propelled him to stardom and served as his armor against racism. "I have to be a star like another man has to breathe. I've got to get so big, so powerful, so famous that the day will come when they'll look at me and see a man, and then somewhere along the way they'll notice he's a Negro."Beginning with his childhood in vaudeville Sammy writes with candor, often humor of the events that shaped his life: his jolting experiences in the army; the accident that took his eye and led to his conversion to Judaism; his friendship with Frank Sinatra; his risking professional destruction when, at the peak of his career he married a white woman: and, throughout, his encounters with racism.A half century after it became an immediate bestseller, Yes I can is still an intensely absorbing book, full of the vitality and aggressive greatness of Sammy Davis, Jr.

Finding Sharon

Finding Sharon
Author: Matt Birkbeck
Publsiher: Anonim
Total Pages: 164
Release: 2018-07-24
ISBN 10: 9781732491717
ISBN 13: 1732491712
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Finding Sharon Book Review:

In his international bestseller A Beautiful Child, award winning investigative journalist Matt Birkbeck told the heartbreaking story of a brilliant and beautiful young woman known as Sharon Marshall. Caught in the murderous web of the monster she called her father, Sharon wasn't her real name. But her horrifying story captured the hearts of readers everywhere and lead to a ten-year search to resolve two great mysteries - what was her true identity, and what became of her young son Michael, who was kidnapped from his first grade classroom and never seen again. The worldwide interest in Sharon's story prompted the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children to open a new case file enlisting the FBI - and with A Beautiful Child as a roadmap, two FBI agents set their sights on death row interviews with Sharon's tormentor to learn the shocking truth. Equal parts memoir and narrative journalism, Finding Sharon picks up where A Beautiful Child left off and brings to a close one of the greatest mysteries in the annals of law enforcement - and a miraculous ending that will leave you in tears. Reviews "Finding Sharon is a thrilling detective story with a heart of love. Matt Birkbeck shows himself again to be a wonderful storyteller and a most determined investigator as he unravels the final chapter of the tragic and mysterious journey of a gifted young woman." Paul Moses, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and author of An Unlikely Union and The Saint and the Sultan.

Sammy Davis Jr

Sammy Davis Jr
Author: Tracey Davis,Nina Bunche Pierce
Publsiher: Hachette UK
Total Pages: 208
Release: 2014-04-22
ISBN 10: 0762450649
ISBN 13: 9780762450640
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Sammy Davis Jr Book Review:

Nicknamed Mr. Show Business, Sammy Davis Jr. was a consummate performer who sang, danced, and acted on film, television, radio, and the stage for over six decades. In this uniquely intimate volume, the entertainment legend's story comes to life through rare family photos and a compelling narrative based on conversations between Sammy Davis Jr. and his daughter, Tracey Davis. The story of a future superstar unfolds beginning with his bittersweet childhood days, raised primarily by his grandmother in Harlem. On the stage by age three, he first became a star in vaudeville with the Will Mastin Trio. Davis was already an up-and-coming performer by the time he was recruited into the Army during World War II. As Tracey Davis candidly relates, it was there that her father first learned to use his talent—singing and dancing—as a weapon against racial bigotry. Davis's career took off in the 1940s through his sheer determination, talent, and the support of friends like Frank Sinatra. With tenderness and humor Tracey describes her father's friendship with Sinatra, and how he stood by him when Davis married Tracey's Swedish actress mother. In a time when interracial marriages were forbidden by law in thirty-one states, both bride and groom endured an onslaught of negative press and even death threats. Complete with rare personal and professional photos, Sammy Davis Jr. recounts Davis's adventures through the Rat Pack era, and the extraordinary obstacles he overcame to become a 5'6”, 120-pound legend who across six decades packed in more than forty albums, seven Broadway shows, twenty-three films, and countless nightclub and concert performances. What emerges from the pages of this loving, but utterly frankly written book, is a uniquely personal perspective on one of the greatest pop culture icons of the twentieth century.

Deconstructing the Myths

Deconstructing the Myths
Author: Catching the Dream, Albuquerque, NM.
Publsiher: Anonim
Total Pages: 84
Release: 2000
ISBN 10:
ISBN 13: UOM:39015058699722
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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This report outlines a comprehensive research agenda for Indian education from the Native perspective. It resulted from a meeting held in Albuquerque, New Mexico in April 2000, planned by a national steering committee of Indian education researchers, administrators, and association executives. The introduction describes four traits of research in Indian education and calls for a long-term commitment of funding for the basic research that needs to be done, including gathering baseline information, the interaction of culture and education, factors that make Native students successful, school/family cooperation, the nature of Indian teacher and Indian student interaction, the effects of having more Indian teachers, characteristics of exemplary programs, and identifying policy changes that will improve outcomes for Indian students. Following the mission statement and summary is a statement of current problems and descriptions of task force recommendations. Separate task forces addressed each of 10 topics: early childhood education and teaching and learning styles, special education, social factors, professional preparation, tribal colleges and universities, mainstream colleges, multicultural and bilingual education, community education, education finance, and curriculum. Each task force presents its own statement of problems and identifies research priorities. Ten appendices present the meeting agenda, sponsoring organizations, steering committee members, conference chairman biography, Executive Order 13096, descriptions of topic areas, production of Native American teachers by college and year, list of attendees, invited guests, and a bibliography containing 23 references. (TD)

Rat Pack Confidential

Rat Pack Confidential
Author: Shawn Levy
Publsiher: Broadway Books
Total Pages: 368
Release: 1999-09-17
ISBN 10: 0385500254
ISBN 13: 9780385500258
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Rat Pack Confidential Book Review:

For the first time, the full story of what happened when Frank brought his best pals to party in a land called Vegas January 1960. Las Vegas is at its smooth, cool peak. The Strip is a jet-age theme park, and the greatest singer in the history of American popular music summons a group of friends there to make a movie. One is an insouciant singer of Italian songs, ex-partner to the most popular film comedian of the day. One is a short, black, Jewish, one-eyed, singing, dancing wonder. One is an upper-crust British pretty boy turned degenerate B-movie star actor, brother-in-law to an ascendant politician. And one is a stiff-shouldered comic with the quintessential Borscht Belt emcee’s knack for needling one-liners. The architectonically sleek marquee of the Sands Hotel announces their presence simply by listing their names: FRANK SINATRA. DEAN MARTIN. SAMMY DAVIS, JR. PETER LAWFORD. JOEY BISHOP. Around them an entire cast gathers: actors, comics, singers, songwriters, gangsters, politicians, and women, as well as thousands of starstruck everyday folks who fork over pocketfuls of money for the privilege of basking in their presence. They call themselves The Clan. But to an awed world, they are known as The Rat Pack. They had it all. Fame. Gorgeous women. A fabulouse playground of a city and all the money in the world. The backing of fearsome crime lords and the blessing of the President of the United States. But the dark side–over the thin line between pleasure and debauchery, between swinging self-confidence and brutal arrogance–took its toll. In four years, their great ride was over, and showbiz was never the same. Acclaimed Jerry Lewis biographer Shawn Levy has written a dazzling portrait of a time when neon brightness cast sordid shadows. It was Frank’s World, and we just lived in it.

Sammy Davis Jr My Father

Sammy Davis Jr   My Father
Author: Tracey Davis
Publsiher: Stoddart
Total Pages: 272
Release: 1996
ISBN 10: 9781881649847
ISBN 13: 1881649849
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Sammy Davis Jr My Father Book Review:

Weaving a compelling tapestry of the life and times and ups and downs of legendary superstar Sammy Davis Jr., and his family, the only daughter of Sammy and Swedish actress May Britt presents a universal portrait of a delicate and often complicated father-daughter relationship. Photos.

In Black and White

In Black and White
Author: Wil Haygood
Publsiher: Vintage
Total Pages: 528
Release: 2020-05-12
ISBN 10: 080417251X
ISBN 13: 9780804172516
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

In Black and White Book Review:

For decades one of America's most recognizable stars, the real Sammy Davis, Jr. has long remained hidden behind the persona the performer so vigorously generated--and so fiercely protected. In Black and White vividly recounts this untold story, drawing on painstaking research and more than two hundred and fifty interviews to trace Davis, Jr.'s journey from the vaudeville stage to Broadway, Hollywood, and, of course, Las Vegas. Here Wil Haygood brings Davis's life into full relief against the backdrop of an America in the throes of racial change. He made his living entertaining white people but was often denied service in the very venues he played, and in his broad and varied friendships--not to mention his romances--Davis crossed racial lines in ways few others had. Both an incisive biography and a sweeping cultural history, In Black and White is an important record of a vanished America--and of one of its greatest entertainers.

All Our Wrong Todays

All Our Wrong Todays
Author: Elan Mastai
Publsiher: Dutton
Total Pages: 384
Release: 2017-02-07
ISBN 10: 9781101986509
ISBN 13: 1101986506
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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Dream Brother

Dream Brother
Author: David Browne
Publsiher: Harper Collins
Total Pages: 400
Release: 2011-11-15
ISBN 10: 0062111957
ISBN 13: 9780062111951
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Dream Brother Book Review:

When Jeff Buckley drowned at the age of thirty in 1997, he not only left behind a legacy of brilliant music -- he brought back haunting memories of his father, '60s troubadour Tim Buckley, a gifted musician who barely knew his son and who himself died at twenty-eight. Both father and son made transcendent music that mixed rock, jazz, and folk; both amassed a cadre of obsessive, adoring fans. This absorbing dual biography -- based on interviews with more than one hundred friends, family members, and business associates as well as access to journals and unreleased recordings -- tells for the first time the intriguing, often heartbreaking story of these two musicians. It offers a new understanding of the Buckleys' parallel lives -- and tragedies -- while exploring the changing music business between the '60s and the '90s. Finally, it tells the story of a father and son, two complex, enigmatic men who died searching for themselves and each other.