From the jacket flap: In Heyday, Dore Schary recalls twenty-seven tempestuous, fruitful, kaleidoscopic years in Hollywood and his meteoric rise through the ranks from aspiring screenwriter to virtuoso producer, executive and ultimately head of the biggest and most powerful Hollywood motion picture studio of the era, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer....
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Okay, I admit I am biased here. Schary was my grandmother Jane's uncle, and he was good friends with my grandfather Ted's uncle, who appears several times in this book, Bill Goetz. With that said, I find his accounts of the business aspects of Hollywood, especially the people of the time and place, to be absolutely fascinating. I knew Louis B. Mayer was a difficult guy, for instance, but it really hits home when you see how he treated Dore. And the presentation of Howard Hughes is fascinating--a lonely, insecure man whom Schary did not trust but with whom he was honest. Schary is political and I am not of the same persuasion but he is reasonable in what he presents and it is hard to disagree with his position on the blacklists, which is that political convictions are substantially less important than talent and hard work. I find the interplay between his politics and his work to be quite interesting, and I think it's an important addition to the book, so I do not fault him for putting it in.
Dore Schary was very famous in Hollywood, Growing up in Ca I have read a lot about Hollywood. He was a mover and a shaker making motion motion. In I Love Lucy he makes a guest appearance as himself. Very interesting book about movies got made in the 1950's.