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By Tom Mankiewicz, Robert Crane

The son of famed director and screenwriter Joseph L. Mankiewicz (All approximately Eve [1950], Guys and Dolls [1955], Cleopatra [1963]) and the nephew of Citizen Kane screenwriter Herman Mankiewicz, Tom Mankiewicz used to be actual Hollywood royalty. He grew up in Beverly Hills and long island, spent summers on his dad's movie units, had his first drink with Humphrey Bogart, dined with Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, went to the theater with Ava Gardner, and traveled the realm writing for Brando, Sinatra, and Connery. even supposing his relatives connections led him to teach company, Tom "Mank" Mankiewicz cast a profession of his personal, turning into a well known screenwriter, director, and manufacturer of acclaimed motion pictures and tv indicates. He wrote screenplays for 3 James Bond films―Diamonds Are Forever (1971), Live and allow Die (1973), and The guy with the Golden Gun (1974)―and made his directorial debut with the hit television sequence Hart to Hart (1979–1984). My existence as a Mankiewicz is an engaging examine the lifetime of someone whose creativity and paintings ethic verified him as a member of the Hollywood writing elite.

Mankiewicz info his trip in the course of the internal international of the tv and movie industries, starting along with his first task as creation assistant on The Comancheros (1961), starring John Wayne. My existence as a Mankiewicz illuminates his specialist improvement as a author and director, detailing his friendships and romantic relationships with a few of Hollywood's largest stars in addition to his fight with alcohol and medication. With the help of Robert Crane, Mankiewicz tells a narrative of non-public success and gives an insider's view of the glamorous global of Hollywood throughout the Nineteen Sixties, Nineteen Seventies, and Nineteen Eighties.

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