By Michael Gregg Michaud
Sal Mineo is maybe so much famous for his unforgettable, Academy Award–nominated flip contrary James Dean in Rebel and not using a Cause and his tragic homicide on the age of thirty-seven. eventually, during this riveting new biography choked with particular, candid interviews with either Mineo’s closest male and female enthusiasts and never-before-published photos, Michael Gregg Michaud tells the total tale of this striking younger actor’s lifestyles, charting his meteoric upward push to repute and turbulent profession and personal life.
One of the most popular stars of the Fifties, Mineo grew up because the son of Sicilian immigrants in a humble Bronx flat. yet through age 11, he seemed on Broadway in Tennessee Williams’s The Rose Tattoo, after which as Prince Chulalongkorn within the unique Broadway creation of The King and I starring Yul Brynner and Gertrude Lawrence. This sultry-eyed, dark-haired male ingénue of types seemed at the conceal of each significant journal, hundreds of thousands of star-struck enthusiasts attended his premieres, and hundreds of thousands received his documents, which integrated a number of top-ten hits.
His existence offstage used to be simply as exhilarating: filled with activities automobiles, motor boats, well-known neighbors, and a few of the main attractive younger actresses in Hollywood. however it used to be fourteen-year-old Jill Haworth, his costar in Exodus—the movie that introduced one of many maximum appearing roles of his lifestyles and earned him one other Academy Award nomination and a Golden Globe win—with whom he fell in love and moved to the West Coast. yet through the Sixties, a chain missteps and an more and more tumultuous inner most existence reversed his fortunes.
By the past due sixties and early seventies, grappling with the repercussions of publicly admitting his homosexuality and suffering to reinvent himself from an getting older youngster idol, Mineo became towards more and more self-destructive habit. but his artistic impulses by no means foundered. He all started directing and generating arguable off-Broadway performs that explored social and sexual taboos. He additionally came across own happiness in a dating with male actor Courtney Burr. Tragically, at the cusp of turning a brand new web page in his lifestyles, Mineo’s existence was once minimize brief in a botched robbery.
Revealing an enthralling, mischievous, inventive, and sometimes scandalous aspect of Mineo few have identified prior to now, Sal Mineo is an intimate, relocating biography of a particular Hollywood megastar.
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I do know it’s going to see. It’s correct, and it simply has to! ” The stone and brick mansion, positioned at 1404 Flagler force, used to be greater than Josephine and her husband may have ever imagined. outfitted on a excessive neck of land on Orienta aspect in Mamaroneck, the home used to be erected within the past due Nineteen Twenties at the lot the place D. W. Griffith had made such movies as approach Down East in 1920 and Orphans of the typhoon in 1921, starring Lillian Gish. Perched on acres of manicured gardens adorned with marble statuary, the three-story condominium had a sharply pitched slate roof with hovering chimneys at both finish and peaked dormers on the entrance above rows of small-mullioned, white-framed home windows. A second-level balcony with an ornate concrete balustrade crowned a bay window on one aspect of an awning that safe the entryway. on the rear of the enforcing residence, arched home windows and a glass-enclosed sunroom appeared out towards the sound, over an acre of shaded garden and a swimming pool. there has been a personal boat dock on the shore. Gold taps embellished the rest room of a giant second-level master suite suite, which integrated a dressing room the dimensions of Sal’s room within the previous Bronx apartment. The mansion had 3 different bed room suites and maid’s rooms usually part. lower than the first-floor residing zone was once a wide billiard room, which Sal may use as a house gym, and a room that used to be accomplished like a rathskeller, together with a large fire. An east wing, appropriated by means of Victor and his soon-to-be-wife, Ann Drago, had separate dwelling quarters, together with a moment lounge and kitchen. Josephine determined the time had come to place a bit distance among Sal and his starving enthusiasts. the hot Mineo mobile quantity, OW8-4055, will be unlisted. “My house is in New York,” Sal acknowledged. “I may by no means purchase a house at the West Coast. ” in the middle of purchasing a brand new condo, coordinating the stream, and grueling rehearsals for “Aladdin,” Sal gave up his dream of being a “regular collage man” and officially dropped out of Adelphi university. however, Sal controlled to seem on 3 tv style indicates. Sal and blood brother Hackett have been the visitor stars at the January three broadcast of The Patrice Munsel exhibit. a number of days later, Sal traveled to Philadelphia for one more visual appeal on American Bandstand. to advertise the discharge of his most up-to-date unmarried on Epic, Sal sang “Little Pigeon” and “Cuttin’ In” at the January 10 broadcast. “Little Pigeon” reached quantity forty five and was once his final unmarried to chart on Billboard‘s best a hundred checklist. On January 19, Sal played at the vast list, hosted by means of Patti web page, with Frankie Laine and Ray Anthony and His Orchestra. On February 21, Sal mentioned to paintings at studio seventy two for ultimate gown rehearsals early within the morning. The studio were switched over to a labyrinth of complex units. Broadcast stay, the making a song, choreography, and intricate digicam maneuvers will be difficult even for the skilled group. The ninety-minute telecast of “Aladdin” went off with no hitch. regardless of the unbelievable units and costumes, the exaggerated theatricality and plump orchestration of the construction challenged even the main ardent Mineo fan.