Starmaker: Life As a Hollywood Publicist With Farrah, the Rat Pack and 600 More Stars Who Fired Me

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Starmaker: Life As a Hollywood Publicist With Farrah, the Rat Pack and 600 More Stars Who Fired Me

Format:  Paperback,

349 pages

Publisher: Pgw

Publish Date: Oct 2011

ISBN-13: 9781770410121

ISBN-10: 1770410120

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Revealingly candid, this Hollywood memoir is the story of Jay Bernstein, an entertainment industry fixture who helped launch and sustain the careers of many celebrities including Farrah Fawcett and Suzanne Somers. From his childhood in Oklahoma City and his first job in a Hollywood mail room to the ownership of his own public relations firm and his work as a personal manager and television producer, Bernstein's life is chronicled in his own words. In addition to his rise to greatness, Bernstein also describes the relationships he had with stars and relates the stories behind some of the crazy stunts he pulled to garner attention, such as paying women to throw hotel keys at Tom Jones, having "Entertainment Tonight" host Mary Hart's legs insured for one million dollars, and getting married underwater for an episode of "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous." Written with style and a sense of humor, this autobiography shares the intimate details of Jay Bernstein's fascinating life.

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Publisher: Pgw
Publish Date: Oct 2011
ISBN-13: 9781770410121
ISBN-10: 1770410120
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 349
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.35
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.0 x 8.75 x 0.75
Walmart No.: 9781770410121

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Review by Library Journal (2011-10-15)

Hollywood public relations man Bernstein (who died in 2006) here recounts his experiences promoting celebrities and launching star trajectories. Completely involved with his profession, he shares the highs and lows of his life's work. He worked with the Rat Pack-Frank Sinatra was "terrible", and Sammy Davis Jr. affable-and the success of Farrah Fawcett and Suzanne Somers are among the highlights of his career. He pays particular attention to Fawcett, who was catapulted to fame with her swimsuit poster and Charlie's Angels.

Bernstein shares his war stories in a relaxed style as if we've met him for lunch. He had various axes to grind (the firing's of the title) and can seem a bit catty. An old-school type who enjoyed his run while it lasted, he also promoted Linda Evans in Dynasty and got the legs of Entertainment Tonight's Mary Hart insured by Lloyds for a million.

Verdict: For readers interested in what a career in public relations in Hollywood is like and in celebrity culture.

-Barb Kundanis, Longmont P.L., CO

(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Revealingly candid, this Hollywood memoir is the story of Jay Bernstein, an entertainment industry fixture who helped launch and sustain the careers of many celebrities including Farrah Fawcett and Suzanne Somers. From his childhood in Oklahoma City and his first job in a Hollywood mail room to the ownership of his own public relations firm and his work as a personal manager and television producer, Bernstein's life is chronicled in his own words.

In addition to his rise to greatness, Bernstein also describes the relationships he had with stars and relates the stories behind some of the crazy stunts he pulled to garner attention, such as paying women to throw hotel keys at Tom Jones, having Entertainment Tonight host Mary Hart's legs insured for one million dollars, and getting married underwater for an episode of Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous. Written with style and a sense of humor, this autobiography shares the intimate details of Jay Bernstein's fascinating life.

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