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Posts Tagged ‘Philippe Mora’

Paying Tribute to Errol Flynn’s Controversial Biographer

There have been several memorable remembrances of journalist and biographer Charles Higham, who passed away in LA late last month at the age 80. Most notably, locally, was Joel Bellman’s guest post on LA Observed about the time he interviewed Higham for an Orson Welles radio documentary.

Another worthy piece comes from the country where the British-born Higham began his transcontinental journalism career, Australia, in the form of a Sydney Morning Herald obit written by Philippe Mora, a French-Australian writer-director who occasionally contributes to the paper. There is much about Higham’s most famous work, the 1980 Errol Flynn biography The Untold Story, as well as this funny anecdote:

Higham had a delight in the macabre and the absurd, exemplified by his invitation to the English widow of Hermann Erben for dinner in Los Angeles with a Flynn double, Chuck Pilleau. Higham coaxed from her a bizarre revelation: SS agent Erben was circumcised.

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Dennis Hopper Biographer Rides Wave of LA Times Publicity

Thanks to a massive amount of interest sparked by this weekend’s LA Times profile piece by Nita Lelyveld, North Hollywood author Peter Winkler is suddenly sitting pretty. The disabled first-time writer, who because of rheumatoid arthritis tapped out his tome about Dennis Hopper one chopstick-touch at a time, has discovered just how much of an impact a supportive tweet and Facebook post by Roger Ebert can have.

“The first run [of 1,500] is almost sold out now via Amazon and Barnes & Noble,” Winkler tells FishbowlLA via telephone. “I’ve also talked to some LA bookstores and they’re already down to their last, or no, copy. My publisher is now planning a second print run of 3,000.”

Alongside Ebert, other celebrities who tweeted out a link to the LA Times article included Dana Delaney and Maria Shriver. The story was also social media fodder for journalists at the New York Times, the Houston Chronicle and elsewhere.

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