After Midnight: The Life and Death of Brad Davis

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Simon and Schuster, Feb 1, 1998 - Biography & Autobiography - 320 pages
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Brad Davis lived a life that mirrored the intensity of his star-making performance in the film Midnight Express. Filled with hope after defeating the alcohol and drug addiction that almost destroyed his career, he was then devastated to learn, in 1985, that he was HIV-positive. He soon discovered that behind the red ribbons of Hollywood was an unforgiving world, and recognized the irony of what he had to do to survive as an actor: he had to live a lie. Susan Bluestein Davis, Brad's wife and partner for twenty years, is keenly aware of the realities of today's Hollywood that demand this heart-wrenching story be told. With an affecting voice, she reveals the highs and lows of an explosive career, the nightmare of addiction, and the heartbreak of AIDS: caring for a loved one who is dying, combating rumors that are almost as corrosive as the disease, and keeping the most important element of your life a secret. A startling take on the entertainment world, After Midnight is also a powerful chronicle of Susan and Brad's enduring love, the kind that provides comfort and hope against great challenges.

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I agree with another user about this book and about how Brad Davis was supposedly an "AIDS activist". I don't get how he was when he hid that he even had the disease just so he could keep acting. He chose to act over the choice to live. Reading this book would be pointless because it, in a sense, is meant to make you look at him like he was just this AIDS hero and just this all around great guy, but it doesn't and he wasn't. It's grubby and just....dreadful. Absolutely positively DREADFUL. Thumbs DOWN. 

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About the author (1998)

HILARY DE VRIES is an award-winning journalist who has covered Hollywood for more than a decade. She is a regular contributor to "The New York Times" and has written for "Vogue, Rolling Stone, W, Vanity Fair," and the "Los Angeles Times," She lives in L.A. This is her first novel.

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