My Life as a Mankiewicz: An Insider's Journey through Hollywood (Screen Classics)
Tom Mankiewicz, Robert Crane
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The son of famed director and screenwriter Joseph L. Mankiewicz (All About Eve , Guys and Dolls , Cleopatra ) and the nephew of Citizen Kane screenwriter Herman Mankiewicz, Tom Mankiewicz was genuine Hollywood royalty. He grew up in Beverly Hills and New York, spent summers on his dad's film sets, had his first drink with Humphrey Bogart, dined with Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, went to the theater with Ava Gardner, and traveled the world writing for Brando, Sinatra, and Connery. Although his family connections led him to show business, Tom "Mank" Mankiewicz forged a career of his own, becoming a renowned screenwriter, director, and producer of acclaimed films and television shows. He wrote screenplays for three James Bond films―Diamonds Are Forever (1971), Live and Let Die (1973), and The Man with the Golden Gun (1974)―and made his directorial debut with the hit TV series Hart to Hart (1979–1984). My Life as a Mankiewicz is a fascinating look at the life of an individual whose creativity and work ethic established him as a member of the Hollywood writing elite.
Mankiewicz details his journey through the inner world of the television and film industries, beginning with his first job as production assistant on The Comancheros (1961), starring John Wayne. My Life as a Mankiewicz illuminates his professional development as a writer and director, detailing his friendships and romantic relationships with some of Hollywood's biggest stars as well as his struggle with alcohol and drugs. With the assistance of Robert Crane, Mankiewicz tells a story of personal achievement and offers an insider's view of the glamorous world of Hollywood during the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s.
the room from street level. To make it less stilted, since Kubrick was meeting Mankiewicz, Ken and his wife, Letizia, asked me and Malcolm McDowell, who had just done Clockwork Orange with Stanley, to the occasion. After dinner—it was about ten o'clock—Malcolm and I decided to go hit the clubs. It was great in London at that time. So we went out to Tramps. We got back to Montpelier Square, where Malcolm had his car, at two in the morning. We looked through the window, and there were Dad and
there that night. He's Don's son. Don was a dreadful father. Compulsive gambler. As I've mentioned, Don wrote a Harper Prize Novel called See How They Run about horse racing. He wrote the pilots for Marcus Welby and Ironside, got very successful, and lost almost everything at the track. John, when I really got to know him in L.A., was bulimic. He'd throw up after every meal. He was skinny, doing drugs, but he was a talented writer. I signed him to write a script for my company. He wrote a
person like that. There was one relationship—I don't want to name her specifically—in which the woman wound up being one of the few that's not a friend anymore. She was nuts. One day I came home, and I had a problem. She was so uninterested in it because she was so narcissistic. I turned to her and said, “You know what? For the past ten months, I have been a combination lover, father, brother, psychiatrist to you. I've poured myself into you, and I come home with a problem one day and you're off
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think she was his most indispensable friend. Movin' with Nancy Shot on film—on 16 mm film (the first network show ever to be so)—with a French Éclair camera. There was very little dialogue. For my part, the writing was concentrated on setting the songs to their proper backgrounds and locations, telling the story. Jack and I would stay up nights plotting out the sequences. He had a deep love for and encyclopedic knowledge of movie musicals, plus a genuine knack for shooting inventive visuals to