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He used to be the acclaimed director of such cinematic classics as Meet Me in St. Louis, An American in Paris, and Gigi, and both popular for his tumultuous marriage to the mythical Judy Garland. yet to claim that Vincente Minnelli's conflicted own lifestyles educated his movies will be an underestimation. As Mark Griffin persuasively demonstrates during this definitive biography of the Academy Award–winning director, Minnelli used to be not just development a notable Hollywood legacy, but in addition growing an exciting autobiography in code.

Drawing on greater than a hundred interviews with such icons as Kirk Douglas, Angela Lansbury, Lauren Bacall, Tony Curtis, and George Hamilton, Griffin turns the highlight at the enigmatic “elegant director,” revealing long-kept secrets and techniques on the middle of Minnelli’s genius.

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The detail-obsessed director had overlooked his sibling in his autobiography. Why? Another person I talked to was curious to know what I had discovered about that terrible tragedy involving Vincente’s adored Uncle Frank. The terrible tragedy. Yes, of course. What terrible tragedy? Early on, a fellow biographer had advised me to play dumb when talking to people, but it quickly became clear that no playing would be necessary. Just because I had seen The Sandpiper more times than was psychologically advisable didn’t mean that I really knew anything about the man who had created it.

If Minnelli’s movies are indeed autobiographies in code (and many can certainly be “read” that way), his achievement is all the more extraordinary when one considers the fact that all but three of his pictures were made during his twenty-six-year association with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Hollywood’s preeminent “Dream Factory”—but a factory nonetheless. I was intrigued. Just how had Vincente managed to produce such self-reflexive and personal work while toiling away at the most conservative and lockstep of the major studios?

C. Minnelli. It was anything but love at first sight, as almost immediately, the star and her musical director clashed over her accompaniment. Eventually the smoke cleared and the leading lady found herself attracted to this ambitious, obstinate Italian American, who knew his way around a tune and how to charm everyone into doing things his way. C. and Mina were married in Chicago. To those who followed her career as a high-spirited soubrette, Mina seemed to be sacrificing a bright future on the Broadway stage in favor of marriage.

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