Sinatra in Hollywood (Paperback)

The Film Career of a Screen Icon

By Tom Santopietro

St. Martin's Griffin, 9780312590406, 544pp.

Publication Date: November 10, 2009

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Hardcover (11/11/2008)

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Oscar-winning actor, acclaimed director, and recipient of the Golden Globe Award for lifetime achievement in film, Frank Sinatra carved out one of the biggest careers in the history of Hollywood, yet his screen legacy has been overshadowed by his achievements as a recording artist. Until now. Sinatra in Hollywood offers an analytical yet deeply personal look at his screen legend.

Examining each of Sinatra's sixty-one feature films in depth, Santopietro traces the arc of his astonishing sixty-year run as a film actor, from his rise to stardom in "boy next door" musical films through his fall from grace to the near-mythic comeback with his Oscar-winning performance in From Here to Eternity. Santopietro deals head-on with the tumultuous marriages to Ava Gardner and Mia Farrow, and directly addresses the rumors of Mob involvement in Sinatra's Hollywood career.

In Sinatra in Hollywood, the film icon receives his full due as the serious artist he was, the actor about whom director Billy Wilder emphatically stated, "Frank Sinatra is beyond talent."

About the Author

Tom Santopietro is the author of The Sound of Music Story, Barbara Cook: Then and Now, The Godfather Effect, The Importance of Being Barbra, Considering Doris Day (A New York Times Editor's Choice) and Sinatra in Hollywood. A frequent media commentator and interviewer, he lectures on classic films, and over the past thirty years has managed more than two dozen Broadway shows.

Praise For Sinatra in Hollywood: The Film Career of a Screen Icon

“It's high time someone wrote a serious book about Frank Sinatra's significant movie career. With his knowledge of both movies and music, Santopietro has put one of the biggest careers in Hollywood film history in full perspective.” —Jeanine Basinger, author of The Star Machine

“This work is both highly readable and extensively researched….Santopietro ably fills a long-standing gap in Sinatra biography.” —Library Journal (starred review)

“A terrifically lucid and entertaining look at an undervalued area of Sinatra's achievement.” —Kirkus Reviews

“This mammoth movie compendium, filled with forgotten facts, fifty-three black-and-white photos, and a detailed filmography, is certain to satisfy Sinatra's legions of fans.” —Publishers Weekly