I Actually met Jay, several times during the years that he’s writing about, through my ex-husband, who was an actor.... so I was Curious to see what he said about his career, and those he worked with! I remember that we thought that his cane was a Charming Affectation, with No Knowledge that he actually used it for his own protection, And as an “enforcer”! He was certainly an interesting guy, and it was Fun to read about his life, and of those he worked with, Some of whom I knew as well.... He was More Driven than I realized and certainly had a Lot of Energy, and Patience, having to keep up with All those Demanding clients! I found that it was an Interesting look into the background of the Hollywood life, during the 70s and 80s! I Really Enjoyed this book!
...and it's writer, but then I got to the part where he purposely payed off a stuntman to punch Sammy Davis Jr. in his bad eye (no less) for the publicity, unbeknownst to Mr. Davis. He never did admit to it either. What an Ass!
Everything I would like to say about this book Jay Bernstein said so much better. He literally followed his dream to Hollywood and kept going. So many other television, movie and music dreams would have never come true without Jay Bernstein guiding, pushing and sometimes dragging his clients to their places in the spotlight and I laughed at how often his maneuvers took them to stardom and either became or propped up the foundations of their legends. He loved Hollywood and I came away from this book feeling that when he left he took an essential part of it with him. His clients so often became his friends and the stories he tells about them at the times he influenced their careers are sometimes shocking and frequently surprising. I believe he was determined they too would realize their Hollywood dreams because in attaching to him they became part of his own. Jay Bernstein's finest time in the entertainment industry was when someone with his extraordinary talent, audacity and balls could manufacture a clear path to stardom for someone lucky enough to be his client and he revels in telling those stories here and yes, he does name names, lots and lots of names. If you are wondering about the title of my review, read the book.
A good read, but lots of filler! Each story of the movie stars finished with pages and pages of filmography info. Also, a run down of the movies they played in. Not cost effective at all. Put bios and film info at the back and don’t use it as filler.
Starmaker Life As a Publicist with Farrah, The Rat Pack, and 600 More Stars Who Fired Me by Jay Bernstein (Author), Larry Cortez Hamm (Author),David Rubini (Contributor) opens with Bernstein speaking to a mother and her daughter connected to a wealthy and influential family in the United States and his confession that he compared her to one of his favorite clients Farrah Fawcett and he also writes positively of Suzanne Somers (pages 2-3), and how he bounced back early in his career after he endured one of his first experiences with getting fired in Hollywood. Bernstein additionally covers multiple points in his career such as as his work with celebrities such as Sammy Davis Jr. and Frank Sinatra (pages 90-91). On page 189 Bernstein recalls meeting up with the late financier and producer Dino De Laurentis (one of his granddaughters is Giada De Laurentis, a famous chef) and on page 247 he admits to the heartbreaking moment that he was fired by Farrah Fawcett (even despite their mutual respect for each other). Fawcett and Bernstein were dining at the Bagel Nosh, a Beverly Hills restaurant and Fawcett did at least admit that she could no longer keep Bernstein as her publicist as a condition for her new Faberge contract (this was eye-opening to me because it proved to me that sometimes people are not necessarily fired due to bosses and/or management that hate them but other circumstances that a person can’t always prepare for ahead of time). In Chapter 22 (starts on page 249),Jay Bernstein discusses his employment with Suzanne Somers. I’m also glad to have come across this book because the author indirectly shows how people can put in a word and/or favor for someone, which can garner them unexpected help in the career/professional arena. I’m lucky to have seen this firsthand in my own life because I received an unexpected but positive-oriented letter in the mail letting me know that my name was among the list of people selected for free assistance with my employment endeavors (this unexpectedly occurred less than three to four days ago after I was praying for any forms of help with my career endeavors/pursuits).
The book was interesting, but I got the impression that the author wanted to impress the reader with his prowess as a mover and shaker in Hollywood, rather than telling the inside story of what happened.
I enjoyed this book very much. Was very young when most of his clients were at the height of their fame. Interesting how you think fame just happens by itself, but apparently, there is always someone behind the curtain pulling the strings. He had a great life!