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Sinatra in Hollywood - Tom Santopietro


Published: 10th November 2008
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Oscar-winning actor, acclaimed director, and recipient of the Golden Globe Award for lifetime achievement in film, Frank Sinatra carved out one of the biggest careers in the history of Hollywood, yet his screen legacy has been overshadowed by his achievements as a recording artist. Until now. "Sinatra in Hollywood" offers an analytical yet deeply personal look at his screen legend.

Examining each of Sinatra's sixty-one feature films in depth, Santopietro traces the arc of his astonishing sixty-year run as a film actor, from his rise to stardom in "boy next door" musical films through his fall from grace to the near-mythic comeback with his Oscar-winning performance in "From Here to Eternity". Santopietro deals head-on with the tumultuous marriages to Ava Gardner and Mia Farrow, and directly addresses the rumours of Mob involvement in Sinatra's Hollywood career.

In Sinatra in Hollywood, the film icon receives his full due as the serious artist he was, the actor about whom director Billy Wilder emphatically stated, "Frank Sinatra is beyond talent."

About the Author

Francis Albert "Frank" Sinatra, (December 12, 1915 – May 14, 1998) was an American singer and film actor.

Beginning his musical career in the swing era with Harry James and Tommy Dorsey, Sinatra became an unprecedentedly successful solo artist in the early to mid-1940s, after being signed to Columbia Records in 1943. Being the idol of the "bobby soxers", he released his first album, The Voice of Frank Sinatra in 1946. His professional career had stalled by the 1950s, but it was reborn in 1953 after he won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in From Here to Eternity.


Magnificent Obsession


I was initially surprised to learn that Sinatra made 66 movies. I hardly managed to recall 6! The author is a devil with the detail. It's really a reference book for those who find themselves thinking of having a Sinatra retrospective.



Sinatra in Hollywood

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"Santopietro directs his attention to Sinatra's film career with great success. This work is both highly readable and extensively researched... Taking a thorough interest in all of Sinatra's films, successful and otherwise, Santopietro ably fills along-standing gap in Sinatra biography." - Library Journal (Starred Review)."

Acknowledgmentsp. xi
March 25, 1954p. 1
Well, Did You Evah (Care)?p. 4
Hobokenp. 12
Boy Singerp. 29
The Boy Next Doorp. 44
A Paesano Onscreenp. 74
All Over the Mapp. 80
Ava and the Downfallp. 117
The Comebackp. 130
The Peak Yearsp. 155
The Rat Packp. 283
A Waste of Talentp. 367
Knight-Errantp. 389
That's Lifep. 447
Career Scorecardp. 459
Filmographyp. 465
Notesp. 483
Bibliographyp. 499
Indexp. 505
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ISBN: 9780312590406
ISBN-10: 0312590407
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 534
Published: 10th November 2008
Publisher: Griffin Publishing
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.6  x 3.8
Weight (kg): 0.794
Edition Number: 1