Howard Hughes: Hell's Angel

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Blood Moon Productions, Ltd., 2005 - Biography & Autobiography - 814 pages
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Set amid descriptions of the unimaginable changes that affected America between Hughes's birth in 1905 and his death in 1976, this book gives an insider's perspective about what money can buy, and what it can't. Darwin Porter's access to film industry insiders and other Hughes confidants supplied him with the resources he needed to create a portrait of Hughes that both corroborates what other Hughes biographies have divulged, and go them one better --Foreword Magazine. Thanks to this bio of Howard Hughes, we'll never be able to look at the old pinups in quite the same way again.--The Times of London. He was a millionaire while still a teenager, thanks to his father's Texas tool-bit business. He owned Hughes Aircraft, TWA, and RKO. Yet Howard Hughes remains one of the most enigmatic, oddest, and most contradictory men in public life during the 20th century. Gore Vidal said he was boring, and called him an honest-to-God American shit. But Hughes had a lot more going on than Martin Scorsese's Oscar-nominated 2004 film, The Aviator, depicts. Darwin Porter's new, exhaustive biography, Howard Hughes: Hell's Angel (Blood Moon Productions), reveals that he bedded not only about every female beauty in Hollywood's Golden Era, but quite a few gorgeous males too. Born to a wealthy, libertine father, and cosseted by an incestuous mother, Hughes' life revolved around three obsessions: airplanes, movies, and sex. Porter, who is in his 60s, has had a long career in journalism; he started reviewing movies for the Miami Herald as a teenager, he's written many Frommer's travel guides, and he's published a biography of everyone's favorite nonlesbian, Katharine Hepburn. I recently chatted with Porter by telephone from his New York City home. We talked all about Hughes' dazzling, sometimes puzzling life, including those boys in the back room. --Frontiers Magazine Los Angeles. Howard Hughes, Hell's Angel was nominated for best biography in Foreword Magazine's Book of The Year Awards, and it was selected for serialization in the UK by The Mail On Sunday.

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Richly informative, brilliantly written

User Review  - Lucia - Borders

This is the best and most comprehensive overview of the movie industry during the 1930s I've ever read. It should be required reading for most of the film studies courses nationwide. Thanks to the author and to Blood Moon for a fabulous piece of scholarship. Read full review

Wow - Tabloid to the Max!

User Review  - KatyBej - Borders

Fascinating! Couldn't put it down. How much of it to believe? Probably most, but if any of it true, it will certainly open your eyes to what went on in Hollywood during its heyday - lots of people ... Read full review

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Darwin Porter, one of the most famous celebrity biographers in the world, spent more than a half-century collecting anecdotes and interviews with virtually everyone ever associated with the Gabors, including a gaggle of Hungarian and Viennese eyewitnesses who remembered the Gabors before their American debuts. Jolie Gabor, the trio's mother, was a frequent guest within Porter's home in New York City, and for a period of three years, the Austrian-born cabaret singer, Greta Keller (Jolie Gabor's best friend and each of the three sisters' godmother) was a semi-permanent resident within his NYC home. Jolie and Greta, "two shrewd and hard-nosed battleaxes from the mine fields of Old Europa," are included among the many sources which contributed to the hundreds of never-before-published revelations which permeate this astonishing triple biography.

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