Charmed Lives: A Family Romance

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Avon Books, Mar 1, 1981 - Biography & Autobiography - 534 pages
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A Rolls Royce Silver Cloud drove him to airports; the British film industry kowtowed to his power; the great Hollywood studios fawned at his feet.Sir Alexander Korda, one of the world's most flamboyant movie tycoons, rose from obscurity in rural Hungary to become a legendary filmmaker. With him were his brothers, Zoltan and Vincent, all living charmed lives in circles that included H. G. Wells, Sir Lawrence Olivier, Marlena Dietrich, Vivien Leigh, and Merle Oberon, who was soon to be Alex's wife. But along with Alex's flair for success was an equally powerful impulse for destruction. Now, Vincent's son, Michael Korda, in the first book of his memoirs, recalls the enchanted figures of his childhood...the glory days of the Korda brothers' great films...and then their heartbreaking, tragic end.

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User Review  - Poly Styrene - Goodreads

This was an excellent book about Alex Korda and his brothers Vincent and Zoli as told by Vincent's son Michael. Michael really conveys the lavish and romantic life that Alex created for himself and ... Read full review

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a great bio on an important movie family Read full review

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About the author (1981)

Michael Korda is the former editor in chief of Simon & Schuster and is the author of many books. He was born on October 8, 1933 in London, England, and is the nephew of Hungarian-born film magnate Sir Alexander Korda. Korda served in the Royal Air Force as is evident in some of his subject matter but his interests are varied. His books include, Hero: The Life and Legend of Lawrence of Arabia (Harper 2010), With Wings Like Eagles: A History of the Battle of Britain (Harper 2009), and Cat People, co-authored with his wife Margaret, (HarperCollins 2005). Michael Korda lives in Dutchess County, New York. He was a major part of Simon & Schuster for over 40 years and was responsible for accepting books that started the careers of writers like Harold Robbins and Jacqueline Susann in the 1960s. The content of their novels was seen as very for that time period.

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