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Charmed Lives

A Family Romance

Michael Korda


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A Rolls Royce Silver Cloud drove him to airports; the British film industry kowtowed to his power; the great Hollywood studios fawned at his feet.Sir Alexander Korda, one of the world's most flamboyant movie tycoons, rose from obscurity in rural Hungary to become a legendary filmmaker. With him were his brothers, Zoltan and Vincent, all living charmed lives in circles that included H. G. Wells, Sir Lawrence Olivier, Marlena Dietrich, Vivien Leigh, and Merle Oberon, who was soon to be Alex's wife. But along with Alex's flair for success was an equally powerful impulse for destruction. Now, Vincent's son, Michael Korda, in the first book of his memoirs, recalls the enchanted figures of his childhood...the glory days of the Korda brothers' great films...and then their heartbreaking, tragic end.

Praise For Charmed Lives: A Family Romance

"A rare, intimate portrait...crowded with anecdotes, comedy and drama."
— The New York Times

"A rags to riches fairytale...Rich in anecdote...In a word: Charming!"
— Newsday

“Deeply endearing, wildly entertaining, and thoroughly entrancing.”
— Garson Kanin

"A wonderful book...eloquent, funny, sad, fascinating."
Chicago Tribune

“The most marvelous book I’ve read so far this year.”
— Nancy Friday, author of THE POWER OF BEAUTY

“First-rate entertainment.”

"Larger and more romantic than life."
— Time

Harper Perennial, 9780060085568, 512pp.

Publication Date: May 14, 2002

About the Author

Michael Korda is the author of Ulysses S. Grant, Ike, Hero, and Charmed Lives. Educated at Le Rosey in Switzerland and at Magdalen College, Oxford, he served in the Royal Air Force. He took part in the Hungarian Revolution of 1956 and on its fiftieth anniversary was awarded the Order of Merit of the People's Republic of Hungary. He and his wife, Margaret, make their home in Dutchess County, New York.