Paul Donnelley has chronicled the lives and deaths of more than 1,000 movie personalities.
Included are not just the big stars but also a wealth of producers, directors and supporting players. Some achieved world fame or great power. Some were consigned to obscurity after one scandal too many.
And quite a few hid dark secrets that would only emerge after their deaths.
The big names featured run from Bogart and Cagney to Sinatra and Valentino. But it is often the starlets and small-time showbiz hustlers who suffered the most tragic fates, burned out before achieving the fame and fortune they craved.
For better or worse they are all here, the villains and heroes side by side, all made equal at last by the final Fade to Black.
This title is now updated to include the lives and deaths of movie personalities including Paul Newman, Charlton Heston, Charles Bronson, Farrah Fawcett and Natasha Richardson.
About the Author
Paul Donnelley is the author of several film related books, including biographies of Julia Roberts and Judy Garland, and a guide to the films of Marilyn Monroe, and also two books on Arsenal Football Club. He has worked for several magazines and newspapers including The Sunday Telegraph, The Daily Telegraph, The Sun, The Daily Mail, OK!, Sunday Express and Punch. He lives in Essex.