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The Hostage Mistress (1978)Description / Buy at Amazon

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Screenwriter (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tigers: A Look into the Glittering Eye (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lions: King of Beasts (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Danger is My Business (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Over My Dead Body (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Portrait of France (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sam Fuller (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Golden Age of Ocean Liners (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Asian Pop Cinema: Bombay to Tokyo (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Robert Mitchum (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Encyclopedia of Pulp Fiction Writers (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ava Gardner (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Handsome Johnny (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon

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Lee Server was the author of numerous critically acclaimed and bestselling novels about Hollywood pulp fiction and cinema.
Server was born in Springfield Massachusetts and then went to Film School at New York University.

For many years, he published his works under St. Martin’s Press while working with Dystel, Goderich & Bourret’s Michael Bourret, and the Roslyn Targ Literary Agency.
Server published his first book “Screenwriter: Words Become Pictures” in 1987 and he has been writing ever since.

The Los Angeles Times named his biography of Robert Mitchum a best book of the year. The Sunday Times also called it a film biography of the year and it made the list of the top sixty Greatest Film Books in the United Kingdom.
Many of his novels have become critically acclaimed and received gongs from many prestigious literary organizations.

According to his wife Terri Hardin, he was attending film school at New York University when he came to discover and develop an obsession with roue cum writer Terry Southern.
While they were doing one session at a bar which was their usual spot, his wife told him that his work reminded her of “The Narrative of A. Gordon Pym” by Edgar Allan Poe.

Before Lee Server began working with St. Martin’s Press, he worked for the Scott Meredith Literary Agency as an agent and even represented B. Traven.

As an editor with Oui magazine, he was actively involved in interviewing celebrities such as Southern for several articles that were published in a variety of men’s magazines.

While in Paris, he somehow tracked down and found Sam Fuller the director with whom he had many conversations. Some of these conversations were then included in the 1994 work “Film is a Battleground.”
In an interview for the “Big Chat” in 2002, Server said that he had a very particular process for interviewing notable figures including minor and major celebrities for his works.
For Lee Server, interviewing his clients is an art; he has developed a knack for when to pursue the controversial element and when to play dumb.

As for his sourcing, he has never been one to use assistants and interns as he believes by not doing the interview, a lot of the story gets lost.

It is for this reason that his biographies tend to have a lot of information which makes them significantly better than many others out there.

Lee Server’s novel “Handsome Johnny” is a rich biography about a man who was in the middle of one of the darkest secrets in modern times.

Johnny Roselli had a career that did very well for at least half a century from the “Roaring Twenties,” which were bloody years of bootlegging, the modern era of organized crime, and the last protege of Al Capone.
Back then, he was the Man in Hollywood for “The Mob,” as he brought to the movie industry big-time crime, as he robbed moguls and corrupted unions while pulling off the biggest extortion plot in history.
A man of glamour and great allure, he made friends with some of the biggest names in Hollywood. One of these was Harry Cohn the studio boss who helped him establish Columbia Pictures.

In practically no time, he made a success of his studio and even dated some of the best-known female stars in Hollywood at that time such as Marilyn Monroe and Jean Harlow.

In a remarkable turn of events, Johnny turned into a filmmaker in Hollywood and produced two of the most popular film noirs in the 1940s.

He would then go on a roller coaster going to federal prison, working for a mob boss in Chicago, and even making friends with Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra.
Drawing upon years of research, it is written with vivid detail and compelling style and will have you in thrall from the first page to the last.

“Robert Mitchum” by Lee Server tells the story of one of the most colorful and greatest actors of the modern era. He is a real-life tough guy who has been to prison but has also been a movie superstar for more than fifty years.
Mitchum was the sleepy-eyed, cool star of classics such as “The Winds of War,” “Night of the Hunter,” “Farewell, My Lovely,” “Heaven Knows,” “Mr. Allison, The Longest Day,” and “Cape Fear.”
Mitchum’s simmering violence and powerful presence combined with existential detachment and hard-boiled humor resulted in a new movie acting style.

By doing what was then considered out-of-the-box ideas, he came up with the first hipster antihero on screen before the likes of Eastwood, Brado, Elvis, and James Dena became commonplace.
This work by Lee Server is the first complete biography of one of the biggest names in Hollywood that is as controversial, colorful, and big just like the star was in real life.

Making use of just about all the information available out there, it involved the use of about 200 interviews with the star’s associates and family that went in-depth about his life over nearly eighty years.
Server also made use of rare documents that ran into the thousands in the making of this biography.

Written in vivid detail and great style, it is a comprehensive and intimate portrait of a life that was outrageous, comic, daring, and sometimes tragic.

“Ava Gardner” by Server Lee tells the story of a woman who was a sex symbol that all the other sex symbols looked up to.

Gardner was the woman who made Frank Sinatra contemplate taking his own life and haunted his days for much of his life.

Ernest Hemingway who was one of the biggest writers ever saved as a memento one of her kidney stones while Howard Hughes had at some point begged her to marry him.

Ava was one of the most iconic people in Hollywood as the star of “The Night of the Iguana,” “The Barefoot Contessa,” and “The Killers.” She was also one of the very few stars whose life was more colorful and grander than any movie.
Her charismatic presence, jaw-dropping beauty, and scandalous and fabulous adventures fuelled her legend as one of the most uninhibited, restless, and glamorous stars in Hollywood.

In this full biography, Lee Server writes in vivid detail and style about the life of Ava Gardner. He starts right from when she was a barefoot farm girl in North Carolina to when she rose to become a goddess in Hollywood.
Lee paints it all from her tumultuous life off the screen, her lifelong search for love and adventure, and her failed marriages to Artie Shaw, Sinatra, and Mickey Rooney.

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