Hollywood legend, Academy Award-winning actor, 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. Examining each of Sinatra's seventy film appearances, this title traces the arc of his astonishing six-decade run as a film actor.
Hollywood legend, Academy Award-winning actor, 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 paradoxically his screen legacy has been overshadowed by his extraordinary achievements as a singer and recording artist. Until now. With the publication of "Sinatra in Hollywood", an analytical yet deeply personal look at the screen legend of Frank Sinatra, Sinatra's standing as a significant, indeed legendary, screen actor has now been placed in full perspective. Examining each of Sinatra's seventy film appearances in depth, Tom Santopietro traces the arc of his astonishing six-decade run as a film actor, from his rise to stardom in 'boy next door' musical films like "Anchors Aweigh" and "On the Town", through his fall from grace with legendary flops like "The Kissing Bandit", to the near-mythic comeback with his Oscar-winning performance in "From Here to Eternity". Laced throughout with Sinatra's own observations on his film work, Sinatra in Hollywood deals head-on with his tumultuous marriages to Ava Gardner and Mia Farrow and directly addresses the rumors of Mob involvement in Sinatra's Hollywood career. Ranging from the specifics of his controversial acting nickname of One Take Charlie to the iconic Rat Pack film Ocean's Eleven, from the groundbreaking performance in "The Manchurian Candidate" to the moving and elegiac late-career roles as tough yet vulnerable detectives, the myths and personal foibles are stripped away, placing the focus squarely on the work.
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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)."
About Tom Santopietro
Tom Santopietro has worked for the past twenty years in the New York theater as a manager of over two dozen Broadway shows. He is also the author of The Importance of Being Barbra and Considering Doris Day. He lives in New York.
Sinatra in Hollywood by Tom Santopietro
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