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Beyond Paradise: The Life of Ramon Novarro

Beyond Paradise: The Life of Ramon Novarro

Andre Soares

ISBN: 9781604734577

Compellingly told and impressively researched to include original interviews with family, coworkers and former lovers, as well as the two men convicted of murdering him, "Beyond Paradise" provides unique insight into the life, career and truth behind a seminal Hollywood figure. Two 16-page photo inserts.

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The first Latin American actor to become a superstar, Ramon Novarro was for years one of Hollywood's top actors. Born Ramcentsn Samaniego to a prominent Mexican family, he arrived in America in 1916, a refugee from civil wars. By the mid-1920s, he had become one of MGM's biggest box office attractions, starring in now-classic films, including "The Student Prince," "Mata Hari," and the original version of "Ben-Hur." He shared the screen with the era's top leading ladies, such as Greta Garbo, Myrna Loy, Joan Crawford, and Norma Shearer, and became Rudolph Valentino's main rival in the "Latin Lover" category. Yet, despite his considerable professional accomplishments, Novarro's enduring hold on fame stems from his tragic death---his bloodied corpse was found in his house on Halloween 1968 in what has become one of Hollywood's most infamous scandals.A lifelong bachelor, Novarro carefully cultivated his image as a man deeply devoted to his family and to Catholicism. His murder shattered that persona. News reports revealed that the dashing screen hero had not only been gay, but was dead at the hands of two young male hustlers. Since then, details of his murder have achieved near mythic proportions, obscuring Novarro's professional legacy. "Beyond Paradise" presents a full picture of the man who made motion picture history. Including original interviews with Novarro's surviving friends, family, co-workers, and the two men convicted of his murder, this biography provides unique insights into an early Hollywood star---a man whose heart was forever in conflict with his image and whose myth continues to fascinate today.
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