I was watching a live tapping at the Fabulous Fox of the NPR show Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me! and one of the questions concerned the girls that fawned over Vegas singer Tom Jones who were paid to throw their keys and panties on stage to this sex machine. The source was Starmaker: Life as a Hollywood Publicist with Farrah, The Rat Pack, and 600 more stars who fired me by Jay Bernstein and made me curious to learn more about the inside story to the LaLa land of Hollywood.
According to Jay Bernstein, “The only rule in Hollywood is there are no rules” and with that mantra Bernstein rose the pinnacle of representing the top stars. The normal kid from Oklahoma always seemed to be in the right place at the right time. He was once literally chased around the room by Jane Mansfield. He worked with the Rat Pack and befriended Sammy Davis, Jr., disclosing the bizarre dominating and bratty behavior of Frank Sinatra.
The real story that caught my attention is how he guided Farah Fawcett onto the scene in the 1970s and how she became the most recognized woman in the world. He did the same for countless others. At time,s his life’s story is shared from inside the hurricane storm of pop culture and where the beautiful people reside. In the back of the book, the dedication is to all those he represented and who fired him along the away. With no hard feelings, Bernstein notes that he wrote this book to remind the very transitional community of Hollywood of the era where he was a kingmaker.
Starmaker: Life as a Hollywood Publicist with Farrah, The Rat Pack, and 600 more stars who fired me by Jay Bernstein as told to Larry Cortez Hamm with David Rubini
2011 ECW Press 350 pp
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