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.

Deconstructing Sammy

Deconstructing Sammy
Author: Matt Birkbeck
Publsiher: HarperCollins
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2008-09-16
ISBN 10: 9780061700200
ISBN 13: 0061700207
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 it ever 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
Release: 2021
ISBN 10:
ISBN 13:
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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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
Release: 2021
ISBN 10:
ISBN 13:
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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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
Release: 2021
ISBN 10:
ISBN 13:
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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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
Release: 2021
ISBN 10:
ISBN 13:
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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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
Release: 2021
ISBN 10:
ISBN 13:
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:

Even as he awaits trial, accused murderer Robert Durst can’t seem to stay out of the headlines. The subject of the HBO documentary The Jinx and the upcoming Lifetime movie The Lost Wife of Robert Durst, his story is as captivating as it is horrifying. 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

Ink

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

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A Beautiful Child

A Beautiful Child
Author: Matt Birkbeck
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 300
Release: 2005
ISBN 10: 9780425204405
ISBN 13: 0425204405
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Beautiful Child Book Review:

Describes the life and death of twenty-year-old Tonya Hughes, killed by a hit-and-run driver in 1990, and the discovery that she had been living with a federal fugitive who had kidnapped her as a toddler, and who allegedly killed her. Reprint.

A Deadly Secret

A Deadly Secret
Author: Matt Birkbeck
Publsiher: Berkley
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2003-08-19
ISBN 10: 9780425192078
ISBN 13: 0425192075
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Deadly Secret Book Review:

Examines the 1982 disappearance of Kathie Durst, the wife of real-estate magnate Robert Durst, who was a suspect in the case, but never indicted, until 2001, when he was arrested for the murder of an elderly neighbor, a charge that exposed more than eighteen years of criminal behavior. Reprint.

Hollywood in a Suitcase

Hollywood in a Suitcase
Author: Sammy Davis, Jr.
Publsiher: Berkley Publishing Group
Total Pages: 243
Release: 1981
ISBN 10: 9780425050910
ISBN 13: 0425050912
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Hollywood in a Suitcase Book Review:

A candid, anecdotal account of Davis's further adventures in Hollywood picks up where Yes I Can left off, recalling wild Vegas nights with the "rat pack," philosophical discussions with Bogart, and love advice from Porfirio Rubirosa

Till Death Do Us Part

 Till Death Do Us Part
Author: Robi Ludwig,Matt Birkbeck
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 234
Release: 2006
ISBN 10: 9780743275088
ISBN 13: 074327508X
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Till Death Do Us Part Book Review:

Identifies and profiles ten spouse murderer personality types, drawing case studies from high-profile examples, including Scott Peterson and Rabbi Fred Neulander.

Finding Sharon

Finding Sharon
Author: Matt Birkbeck
Publsiher: Unknown
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.

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? 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.” 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. INCLUDES PHOTOS

Rat Pack Confidential

Rat Pack Confidential
Author: Shawn Levy
Publsiher: Crown
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.

Yes I Can

Yes I Can
Author: Burt Boyar
Publsiher: Unknown
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.

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.

A Deadly Secret

A Deadly Secret
Author: Matt Birkbeck
Publsiher: CreateSpace
Total Pages: 270
Release: 2015-02-18
ISBN 10: 9781507582633
ISBN 13: 1507582633
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Deadly Secret Book Review:

Robert Durst was the secretive heir to a vast, New York real estate fortune when a New York State Police detective began probing the disappearance of Durst's first wife, Kathie, who had been missing for nearly two decades. But as the investigation intensifies and receives national attention, more people die. Durst's best friend, Susan Berman, is shot and killed in Los Angeles. Another friend, a mysterious drifter named Morris Black, is dismembered and his body parts are found floating in Galveston Bay. Durst flees Texas but is found weeks later in Pennsylvania, his hair and eyebrows shaved. He's returned to Texas to stand trial for one murder while police in New York and Los Angeles try to connect him to two others. But as investigators probe deeper, they uncover new clues about Durst and uncover his terrifying secrets. Investigative journalist Matt Birkbeck, who covered the Durst case for Reader's Digest and People Magazine, tells the true story of the Durst saga in this stunning work of investigative reportage. The bestselling author of A Beautiful Child and the critically acclaimed Deconstructing Sammy, Birkbeck carves a gripping, page-turning narrative in A Deadly Secret. Based on first person interviews with many of the participants and access to the NYPD files into the original investigation of the disappearance of Kathie Durst, Birkbeck exposes the politics of police work, the power of an iconic family, and adds new, updated information to a True Crime classic that is sure to chill your spine.

Sammy

Sammy
Author: Sammy Davis,Jane Boyar,Burt Boyar
Publsiher: Macmillan
Total Pages: 533
Release: 2000
ISBN 10: 0374293554
ISBN 13: 9780374293550
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Sammy Book Review:

Describes his career, affairs, his marriage to Swedish actress May Britt, his conversion to Judaism, his relationships with the Kennedys and Richard Nixon, and his drug and alcohol problems.