Monday, November 3, 2008

"Sinatra in Hollywood"

New from Thomas Dunne Books: Sinatra in Hollywood by Tom Santopietro.

About the book:

Sinatra in Hollywood details the brilliant, fascinating, and occasionally inexplicable film career that earned Frank Sinatra standing as one of the last legends from Hollywood's golden age, and grants Sinatra status as an actor equal to his fabled career as vocalist and recording artist. Laced throughout with Sinatra's own observations on his film work, the book deals head-on with the tumultuous marriages to Ava Gardner and Mia Farrow and directly addresses the rumors of Mob involvement in Sinatra's career. The complete arc of Sinatra's astonishing 60 year run as an actor is traced, from his rise in musicals like Anchors Aweigh and On the Town, through his fall from grace with legendary flops like The Kissing Bandit, to the near-mythic comeback with his Oscar winning performance in From Here to Eternity. In the process, Sinatra in Hollywood comes to examine just how Sinatra's iconic screen image did nothing less than embody America at the height of its standing in the second half of the twentieth century—the "American Century."
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