Hollywood Sex, Lies, Glamour, Betrayal, and Raging Egos
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The riveting, poignant, star-studded and hilarious memoir of award-winning author Clancy Sigal's time as a film agent on the make in Blacklist-era Hollywood.
For me it begins in such an ordinary way ... with a gorilla, a blonde, and a gun ...
Mid- 20th century Hollywood; 'Raymond Chandler's LA before Pilates and cell phones'. Clancy Sigal (who would later be the inspiration for Doris Lessing's 'Saul Green') is just back from fighting in the Second World War and an abortive solo attempt to assassinate Hermann Goering at the Nurenburg trials.
Charming his way into a job as an agent with the Sam Jaffe agency, Sigal plunges into a chaotic Hollywood peopled by fast women, washed-up screenwriters, wily directors, and starstruck FBI agents trailing 'subversives'. He parties with the likes of Humphrey Bogart, Barbara Stanwyck, Tony Curtis and an anxious Peter Lorre, who becomes a drinking buddy.
But this is the era of the Hollywood Blacklist and Sigal, like many of his contemporaries, is subpoenaed to testify before the HUAC. Will he give up the list of nine names, burning a hole in his pocket, to save his own skin?
Hilarious, touching, intimate and revealing: Sigal's memoir reads like a forgotten hardboiled detective novel and has all the makings of an instant classic.
Clancy Sigal's parents were both union organizers, and he was largely raised solely by his mother, Jennie, After a stint in the army Sigal was a union organiser in Detroit, then a talent agent in Hollywood. Escaping the Macarthyite witch-hunts, he emigrated to Great Britain, where he met and commenced a four-year affair with the writer Doris Lessing. He returned to the US, married, and with his wife co-wrote the Oscar-winning 2002 Salma Hayek movie Frida. He died in 2017.
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Biography: arts & entertainment