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Sam Spiegel

3.7 of 5 stars 3.70  ·  rating details  ·  10 ratings  ·  3 reviews

The incredible life and times of Hollywood's most iconoclastic producer, the miracle worker who went from penniless refugee to show biz legend, and made possible The African Queen, On the Waterfront, The Bridge on the River Kwai and Lawrence of Arabia, not to speak of many more, including movies as distinct as Suddenly, Last Summer; Nicholas and Alexandra; The Last Tycoon;

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Paperback, 528 pages
Published March 1st 2004 by Little, Brown Book Group (first published January 2003)
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Ian
Sam Spiegel, producer of On The Waterfront, Lawrence of Arabia and Bridge on the River Kwai, was a Hollywood legend and a monster of a man, capable of feigning heart attacks to get his way, lying, cheating and running from the law. This is a fine biography, particularly strong in unravelling the tissue of myths he promulgated about his own European Jewish origins. Fraser-Cavassoni is even-handed, neither shirking nor sensationalising his predilections for adultery, prostitutes and young girls. W...more
Brian Neuls
What I learned from the last three years and this book:
You either have to inherit or be remarkably unscrupulous to
make your way.
Christian
Fascinating about the Hollywood legend.
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