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Ladies' Man: The Life and Trials of Marvin Mitchelson Hardcover – August, 1992

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From Publishers Weekly

Journalist and author Jenkins ( The Litigators ) masterfully recounts the life of Mitchelson, "divorce lawyer to the stars." The famous Hollywood attorney resembles a Dickensian figure, but one who alarms instead of amuses. A poor student who squeaked past the bar at age 29 in 1957, within 10 years Mitchelson was winning multimillion-dollar divorce settlements for Pamela Mason, ex-wife of the actor James, and other famous folk. The lawyer prospered through the years and his reputation grew, particularly when he represented Michelle Marvin in her palimony suit against actor Lee Marvin, settled in 1979. Recently, however, Mitchelson, accused of defrauding clients, drug addiction, rape and other sexual crimes, has been forced to defend himself. That is now the main concern of the man who agreed with Dickens's Mr. Bumble that "the law is a ass!"--and often proved it.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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This unauthorized biography chronicles the humble origins, rise to fame, and relentless quest for publicity of Marvin Mitchelson, dubbed the "Prince of Palimony" for successfully obtaining legal protection for live-in lovers. Mitchelson's most famous cases--Michelle Marvin, Pamela Mason, and Joan Collins--are detailed, as is his appearance before the U.S. Supreme Court. His hushed-up problems with the Internal Revenue Service over tax evasion, his cocaine use, and charges that he has raped clients are all carefully documented. Written by a journalist and author of The Litigators ( LJ 4/1/89), this is a surprisingly believable and engrossing account intended for the lay reader.
- Elizabeth Fielder Olson, Archer & Greiner, Haddonfield, N.J.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 301 pages
  • Publisher: St Martins Pr; 1st edition (August 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312078560
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312078560
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.5 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,946,011 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This man was a real life jerk of the highest order: I was one of his many victims/clients of his lies and deceptions, all centered on his Hollywood style, overinflated Ego and Greed: everything he did was focused on fleecing his clients of every penny he could lay his hands on, and ignore his legal obligations, all the while seeking headlines.
Does the fact he was able to take advantage of loopholes in law to line his pockets admirable? I think not: I for one, am glad this Pompous Vulture is no longer around, searching for more victims...
One Star; as this man deserves no further promotions...
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