The Man Who Seduced Hollywood

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The Life and Loves of Greg Bautzer written by B. James Gladstone.

I’m glad I read these books in this order: Unsinkable Debbie Reynolds: A Memoir first, Ava Gardner, The Secret Conversations second, Greg Bautzer, the seducer, wheeler dealer, and behind the scenes Hollywood schmoozer lawyer third.

I felt anger reading Debbie’s book about the downsizing of MGM in the 70’s. The selling or dumping for landfill classic Hollywood music scores, outtakes, screen tests etc. from the most prestigious studio of all time will be some archaeologists treasure hunting dream a hundred years from now. Debbie’s book made you feel her frustration and despair at the corporate people taking over, not caring about the historical value of what they were destroying.

I was surprised when I read Ava Gardner’s book. I was not originally a fan of Ava’s but after reading The Secret Conversations I became one. The author of her conversations did not really seem to like Ava. I got the impressions it was her loyalty to her friends that really bothered him, he wanted dirt and that was one thing she did not share a lot with him. There were some things that enquiring minds did not really need to know.

The Man Who Seduced Hollywood: Greg Bautzer.  Well this book is an eye opening read in respects to the double standard not only in Hollywood but in real life. B. James Gladstone the author of this book describes Ava Gardner as oversexed and uninhibited.  Yet Greg Bautzer is lauded as an intelligent wunderkind who wined, dined, and…well was very friendly in a biblical sense of the word with a who’s who list of Classic Hollywood starlets. Love’em and leave’em or help reap the most rewards for spouses from messy Hollywood marriages gone bad. Who ya gonna call? Greg Bautzer. His corporate law knowledge was legendary, he was a good old card playing buddy to the moguls. He was there when the studio system went bust, and was definitely there in the seventies, a wanna be film maker that sealed deals with Kirk Kirkorian, and James T. Aubrey who we have to thank for the landfill decision.  This book is a definite must read for those interested in the breaking up of the studio system and a who’s who of the corporate men that took over the film making entertainment business in the 70’s and 80’s.

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