Starmaker (Paperback)

Life as a Hollywood Publicist with Farrah, the Rat Pack and 600 More Stars Who Fired Me

By Jay Bernstein, Larry Cortez Hamm, David Rubini

ECW Press, 9781770410121, 376pp.

Publication Date: October 1, 2011

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His women were tens, his guns were .38s, and his collection of jewel-encrusted walking canes numbered in the hundreds. For nearly 50 years, Jay Bernstein was a Hollywood fixture, owning one of the most powerful PR firms in Hollywood, making stars of Farrah Fawcett and Suzanne Somers, and producing dozens of television films and series. Future Hollywood insider Jay Bernstein was born outside - way outside - Tinseltown, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, on June 7, 1937. But Bernstein, helped by his pals the Rat Pack, eventually found his way from the mailrooms of Hollywood to owning a top agency that represented over 600 A-List stars in the '60s and '70s. Bernstein's creative PR stunts made him as famous as his clients, such as paying women to throw hotel keys at Tom Jones and having Entertainment Tonight host Mary Hart's legs insured by Lloyd's of London for one million dollars. Bernstein died, with Farrah Fawcett by his side, in 2006 after suffering a stroke. Starmaker is Bernstein's own behind-the-scenes look at his life - the life of an outrageous Hollywood personality, and the stars who surrounded him. It is a true Hollywood memoir, written in Bernstein's voice by his closest confidante Larry Cortez Hamm.

About the Author

Jay Bernstein was a legendary Hollywood publicist, personal manager, producer, and director. Larry Cortez Hamm was a ghostwriter of screenplays, newspaper and magazine articles, and autobiographies. David Rubini is a writer, publicist, and executive producer residing in Los Angeles.

Praise For Starmaker: Life as a Hollywood Publicist with Farrah, the Rat Pack and 600 More Stars Who Fired Me

"If you like insider stories about Hollywood and its stars, then you will love Starmaker. You may as well pick up a couple of extra copies for Christmas gifts because there are, no doubt, others in your life who will also thoroughly enjoy the book." —

"[Starmaker] tells a cautionary tale about the pitfalls and perils of Tinsletown . . . an insider's look at the glamorous world we all perceive Hollywood to be." —

"Written with style and a sense of humor, this autobiography shares the intimate details of Jay Bernstein's fascinating life." —

"Bernstein shares all the gossip of the stars from his viewpoint. It is a story, whether all true, or whether embellished in line with his tactics originally promoting them to stardom, which will pull readers in for a not previously seen glimpse of the stars." —San Francisco Book Review (September 2011)

"Readers searching for juicy details about the "secret" life of Farrah Fawcett or Frank Sinatra will learn some juicy details here." —Publishers Weekly (September 19, 2011)