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This book details writer-director Tom Mankiewicz's fascinating journey through the ups and downs of being a member of an iconic Hollywood family, the pressures of following in the footsteps of his Oscar-winning writer-director father, Joe Mankiewicz and his Oscar-winning writer uncle Herman Mankiewicz, and the expectations of a family and the film community. Mankiewicz carves out his own niche by writing scripts that his dad and uncle never would have worked on because the subject material didn't lie in their comfort zones. Mankiewicz became a script doctor first, rewriting Legal Eagles, War Games, and Superman among others. Then he turned his eye to directing (Dragnet, Hart to Hart) and producing (Mother, Jugs and Speed). His easy-going writing style and lifestyle helped create a unique personality in Hollywood. Studio heads called him Dr. Mankiewicz. He was an integral part of two legendary film heroes - James Bond and Superman. He travelled the world to write and supervise film productions. Mankiewicz worked with, partied with, and dated some of the biggest stars in the business. He tells a funny, sad, inside tale of survival in a rough trade.

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The University Press of Kentucky

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Lexington, KY




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Joe L. Mankiewicz, Hollywood, Superman, James Bond, Sean Connery, Richard Donner, Marlon Brando


American Film Studies | Film and Media Studies | Mass Communication

My Life as a Mankiewicz: An Insider's Journey through Hollywood
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