In 1973, Marlon Brando asked Apache activist Sacheen Littlefeather to accept his Best Actor Oscar for ‘The Godfather.’ But Hollywood didn’t want to hear their message about racism.
William J. Mann is the author of Tinseltown: Murder, Morphine, Madness at the Dawn of Hollywood, winner of the 2015 Edgar Award for Best Fact Crime, as well as Kate: The Woman Who Was Hepburn, How to be a Movie Star: Elizabeth Taylor in Hollywood, and several other best-selling titles. His biography Wisecracker: The Life and Times of William Haines won the 1999 Lambda Literary Award. He divides his time between Connecticut and Cape Cod.
Some critics dismiss the value of stories about the private lives of Hollywood’s gay stars of yore. But those stories are crucial to understanding the truth of who they were.
Theodore Roosevelt styled himself an incorruptible politician untainted by scandal. But in his path to the White House lay a troubling obstacle: his scapegrace brother, Elliott.
In an exclusive excerpt from ‘How to Be a Movie Star: Elizabeth Taylor in Hollywood,’ William J. Mann reports on her vodka-fueled battles and the role she was born to play.