Douglas Thmopson - Author and International Journalist



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ABOVE: Marilyn Monroe with her image team: 'Whitey' Synder and, in the background, his wife and Marilyn's wardrobe mistress Majorie Lecher.
(Author collection)



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Happy on location: Marilyn Monroe takes a filming break with Whitey. (Author collection)



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Robert Evans in the garden of his French Regency estate in the Hollywood Hills - where Marlon Brando signed to be 'the Gofather'. (© Paul Harris)



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Steve McQueen: the man who got away with Robert Evans's third wife (of seven), Ali MacGraw, and felt the power of the Mafia. Douglas Thompson took the photograph, with Steve McQueen's instruction to 'make it look casual' after they spoke in November 1978 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, two years before his death from cancer on 7 November 1980 in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, where he was undergoing experimental treatment. It was one of the last photographs taken of him beyond a film set. (Author collection)



James Cann, the tough-guy star of star of many movies but most memorably as Sonny Corleone in The Godfather. (© Paul Harris)



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Angie Dickinson, one of the grandles dames of Hollywood, poses at her home in the Hollywood Hills. Note the portrait of President John Kennedyon her wall. (© Paul Harris)



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The Dark Heart of Hollywood

This book revealsthe sinister true story of the Mafia in Hollywood. Crammed with legends, myths, murders, madness, mayhem, superstar tantrums, super-sexed starlets, power brokers and politics, it is an ambitious account of Hollywood’s hidden history, from the rogue cops who took on the Mob on the streets of Los Angeles to the stars who became stars because Mafia Godfathers said they would.

In The Dark Heart of Hollywood,seasoned crime and entertainment writer Douglas Thompson reveals how all is masterminded by the money-obsessed Mafia, for whom everything and everyone is simply a commodity. The intense saga charges across America: from Hollywood bedrooms to the Oval Office, from California’s twenty-first-century computer capital to the cocaine-connection HQs stretching from the Sunset Strip to Marseilles, Milan, Moscow, Tokyo and Beijing.

In this magnificent and highly compelling volume, Hollywood is unveiled as Tinseltown without the tinsel.

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