Sinatra in Hollywood

Tom Santopietro

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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 rumors 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.”

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SINATRA IN HOLLYWOOD
March 25, 1954MARCH 25, 1954: Total silence envelops the star-studded audience inside the RKO Pantages Theatre in Hollywood, California, as actress Mercedes McCambridge begins to read the names of the five nominees for Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture at the 26th Annual Academy Awards ceremony: Eddie Albert--Roman Holiday, Brandon de Wilde--Shane, Jack Palance--Shane, Frank Sinatra--From Here to Eternity, Robert Strauss--Stalag 17. Pausing briefly and opening the envelope, McCambridge exclaims: 
"And the winner is--Frank Sinatra in From Here to Eternity.

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“It’s high time someone wrote a serious book about Frank Sinatra’s significant movie career. With his knowledge of both movies and music, Santopietro has put one of the biggest careers in Hollywood film history in full perspective.” —Jeanine Basinger, author of The Star Machine
 
“This work is both highly readable and extensively researched….Santopietro ably fills a long-standing gap in Sinatra biography.” –Library Journal (starred review)
 
“A terrifically lucid and entertaining look at an undervalued area of Sinatra’s achievement.” –Kirkus Reviews
 
"This mammoth movie compendium, filled with forgotten facts, fifty-three black-and-white photos, and a detailed filmography, is certain to satisfy Sinatra's legions of fans."--Publishers Weekly
 
 

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About the Author

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.

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Sinatra in Hollywood
Tom Santopietro

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St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin/Thomas Dunne Books
November 2009
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312590406
ISBN10: 0312590407
5 3/4 x 8 15/16 inches, 544 pages, Includes 53 black-and-white photographs throughout
$22.99

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St. Martin's Press
Thomas Dunne Books
November 2009
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ISBN: 9781429964746
ISBN10: 142996474X
544 pages, Includes 53 black-and-white photographs throughout
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