Beyond Paradise: The Life of Ramon Novarro (Hollywood Legends Series)

Beyond Paradise: The Life of Ramon Novarro (Hollywood Legends Series) Author André Soares
ISBN-10 1604734574
ISBN-13 9781604734577
Year 2010-04-19
Pages 422
Language English
Publisher University Press of Mississippi
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The first Latin American actor to become a superstar Ramon Novarro was for years one of Hollywoods top actors Born Ramon Samaniego to a prominent Mexican family he arrived in America in 1916 a refugee from civil wars By the mid 1920s he had become one of MGMs biggest box office attractions starring in now classic films including The Student Prince Mata Hari and the original version of Ben Hur He shared the screen with the eras top leading ladies such as Greta Garbo Myrna Loy Joan Crawford and Norma Shearer and he became Rudolph Valentinos main rival in the Latin Lover category Yet despite his considerable professional accomplishments Novarros enduring hold on fame stems from his tragic deathhis bloodied corpse was found in his house on Halloween 1968 in what has become one of Hollywoods most infamous scandals A lifelong bachelor Novarro carefully cultivated his image as a man deeply devoted to his family and to Catholicism His murder shattered that persona News reports revealed that the dashing screen hero had not only been gay but he was dead at the hands of two young male hustlers Since then details of his murder have achieved near mythic proportions obscuring Novarros professional legacy Beyond Paradise presents a full picture of the man who made motion picture history Including original interviews with Novarros surviving friends family co workers and the two men convicted of his murder this biography provides unique insights into an early Hollywood stara man whose heart was forever in conflict with his image and whose myth continues to fascinate today

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