Peter Lawford: The Man Who Kept the Secrets

 
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Peter Lawford starred in films like "Easter Parade" and "The Picture of Dorian Gray", and was known for his involvement with many of Hollywood's top names. But he is best remembered for his connections with the Kennedy family and as the man who introduced John F.Kennedy to Marilyn Monroe. After marrying Kennedy's sister in 1956, he was privy to the secrets and scandal that surrounded that elite family and its circle, but Lawford took his secrets with him to the grave. Now, through interviews with Lawford's friends and access to his personal papers and to FBI documents, James Spada has pieced together this biography which includes accounts of how Lawford led Kennedy on "girl-hunting" expeditions and how he would pick up Monroe and drive her to meet the President. Lawford is known to have been the last person to see Monroe alive, and the book deals with the events leading to her death. The author's other biographies include "Grace: The Secret Life of a Princess" and "Monroe: Her Life in Pictures".

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From Bobby-Sox idol to Kennedy spouse and Marylin Monroe intimate, his life was a dizzying whirl of sex, scandal, an secrets even the tabloids dared not print... Once, Peter Lawford seemed to have it all: a handsome face, a sophisticated wit, a talent that won him overnight stardom and entree into a world of beautiful, powerful people. Veteran of film roles in Easter Parade, Little Women, Good News, and The Picture of Dorian Gray, the actor had romanced screen sirens Ava Gardner, Lana Turner, and Rita Hayworth; joined Frank Sinatra's Rat Pack; become one of sex goddess Marilyn Monroe's closest confidants; and capped it off by marrying into the famed Kennedy clan. But beneath the glamour of his movie-star life, his fairy-tale marriage, and his legendary friends, lived a man beset by childhood demons that would lead him into alcohol, drugs, shocking sexual escapades--and a controversial role in the cover-up of Marilyn Monroe's death. Now, renowned biographer James Spada tells the fascinating, heartrending story of this deeply troubled man, destined to be remembered best for the secrets he took to his grave... revealed here for the first time.

"Engrossing... tells [Lawford's] frequently tragic story in well-documented detail."--Chicago Tribune.

"Fascinating."--Cosmopolitan.

"A compelling morality tale, largely because Lawford's life was more Dickensian than Dickens. Compulsive reading."--Los Angeles Times.

"Truly titillates."-Daily News, New York

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Lawford starred in surprisingly few grade-A films. Nevertheless, the charm he displayed in movies such as Good News (1947) and Little Women (1949), as well as in clubs and television made him a household name. Biographer Spada ( Monroe, Her Life in Pictures , LJ 10/1/82) balances Lawford's professional and personal lives as the ultimately self-destructive actor never could. Spada chronicles Lawford's British heritage, marriages to Pat Kennedy and less famous women, close friendships with Marilyn Monroe, Judy Garland, and Jackie Kennedy, and his descent into alcohol and drug abuse. This excellently written, thoroughly researched and documented portrait is as compelling as it is distressing. Highly recommended.
- Kim Holston, American Inst. for Property and Liability Underwriters, Malvern, Pa.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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