'New Biography With Chapter On Errol Flynn'

11 May

I wish to bring attention to a brand new book on the life of actress/model Jeanne Carmen who appeared in the Errol Flynn movie “Too Much, Too Soon” (1958).

The book is currently available from… under the title “Jeanne Carmen: My Wild, Wild Life” written by her son Brandon James based on her diaries.   I have not read this book as of yet, but am impressed that it has 562 pages, and therefore not a  piece of fluff.

Ms. Carmen writes about her adventures with Errol Flynn during the making of the film although they have no scenes together in it.  In fact Jeanne Carmen appears late in the story after John Barrymore's death as a beautiful, buxom blonde stripper named 'Tassles' who works in the burlesque theatre with a rapidly fading Diana Barrymore.  

I had the great pleasure of meeting Jeanne Carmen at several collectible shows and found her to be an intelligent, still beautiful-looking, eloquent woman with a great sense of humor.   She was the subject of a “E! Channel True Hollywood Story” and insisted to me that the story she related on Errol Flynn on the show was indeed true.  When I asked her about Flynn her first words were an emphatic “I liked him!” 

She said that while they were shooting her striptease dance at Warner Brothers (which only lasts for a few seconds on screen) , Mr. Jack L. Warner himself sat in the front row cheering her on, and grinning from ear-to-ear like a naughty school boy.   

Jeanne Carmen had definite opinions on te death of Marilyn Monroe which she said was a homicide not a suicide.  This is a major part of her book.   She even told me that while visiting Marilyn in 1962, she answered the front door and was shocked to see the U.S. Attorney-General Bobby Kennedy standing there and let him in!

Has anyone on this great blog site purchased and read this book as of yet?

If yes, then how about a book review for the rest of us?

So far the customer reviews for “Jeanne Carmen: My Wild, Wild Life” on Amazon have been positive.

Best Wishes

Ralph Schiller

— Ralph Schiller


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