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"A searingly honest account of Mallory’s relationship with Claude Picasso as well as a wonderful journey through the stars!” --Monty Python's Terry Jones--


"Carole Mallory seems to have crossed paths with just about every major figure in the art and entertainment world of the 1970s. Her new book brings you into the homes, yachts and bedrooms of everyone from Richard Gere and Robert DeNiro to Princess Grace and Peter Sellers, and with amazing recall and unabashed honesty she will make you feel you were there with her. --Patricia Resnick, screenwriter of 9 to 5 and A Wedding.--


“Addictive. Stunning indiscretions. Mallory creates an empathetic portrait of Pablo Picasso. By revealing historical, well-guarded secrets, Mallory could have solved the decades old mystery of why Picasso exiled Françoise Gilot, Paloma and Claude Picasso from The Great Master’s life. -- John Hancock, Director, Bang the Drum Slowly. --


"Carole Mallory is a born writer—funny, irreverent, often moving. Picasso’s Ghost is an eminently readable romp with the Picasso family and the stars. But it’s more—a poignant story of celebrity, love, and loss. --Mary Dearborn, author of Mailer--


"A captivating, utterly intoxicating tour through late 1970s Hollywood, Paris and New York City, Picasso’s Ghost captures an era and a spirit with effortless style and, better still, an emotional heft that lingers.--Megan Abbott, Edgar-award-winning author of Dare Me.--


"Carole Mallory’s Picasso’s Ghost is an amazing journey into the twisted soul of the late seventies, spanning Europe, New York City and Hollywood, as well as worlds of art, movies and advertising. Combining the best elements of the Hollywood memoir, the erotic autobiography and the recovery narrative. It’s pure pleasure from start to finish.” --Scott Phillips, Winner, California Book Award for The Ice Harvest (also a film); and The Walkaway.

"Peter Sellers, a magnificent clown, did Being There, a study of such gentleness, which Mallory captures in her memoir."--George Kennedy, Oscar winning author of Trust Me.--

"Carole Mallory’s wry wit and dry sense of humor keep the reader chuckling and head wagging until the very last page. Her keen sense of observation is unflawed as she dissects her global love affairs with the rich and famous icons of our time."--Sharmagne Leland-St. John, five time Pushcart Nominee for Poetry; author of La Kalina and co-author of Designing Movies: Portrait of a Hollywood Artist. ---

"Bold and moving, Mallory recounts with disquieting directness, her long and emotionally complex romance with Claude Picasso. This is the story of a great love affair that haunts you long after you've finished reading it." ..Best selling author, Paul Alexander, the Life, Times and Legend of James Dean.

Quill and Parchment's Ed Bennett wrote, "Ms. Mallory has written several books including novels (Flash) and the biographical Loving Mailer. She has published numerous interviews and reviews and is obviously thriving in this, her third career. I do recommend this book but with the caution that when you come to enjoy "the good parts", you will be expected to think.

About the Author

Carole Mallory is a critic, actress, and author.Among her film credits are the Stepford Wives and Looking for Mr Goodbar. As one of the original supermodels, she appeared on the covers of Cosmopolitan, New York Magazine, Newsweek, G.Q. and Esquire. In addition to her novel, Flash, her memoir, Loving Mailer, and Picasso's Ghost, Mallory has written journalistic pieces on figures such as Kurt Vonnegut, Erica Jong, Warren Beatty and Gore Vidal for publications such as Elle, LA Magazine, Esquire, Penthouse and Playboy. After Mailer's death Harvard purchased her papers documenting their multifaceted relationship. Today she is a critic for The Huffington Post, Hollywood's The Wrap and has reviewed Shield's biography of Kurt Vonnegut for The Philadelphia Inquirer. She teaches creative writing at Temple University and Rosemont College.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 234 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (January 22, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1479341851
  • ISBN-13: 978-1479341856
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,246,791 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Carole Mallory is an author, actress and critic who has written Picasso's Ghost, about her passionate love affair with Claude, Pablo's son, Loving Mailer about her time with Norman Mailer, and Flash, a novel about a female exhibitionist.which Gloria Stainem called "Fast,Smart and Irresistible" Mallory portrayed a Stepford Wife in the film and appeared in Looking for Mr. Goodbar. She is a movie critic for the Huffington Post, Hollywood's The Wrap, Yahoo's
Shine and reviewed Shields's biography of Kurt Vonnegut for The Philadelphia Inquirer. A former supermodel, Mallory graced the covers of Cosmopolitan, Newsweek, New York. She has taught memoir at Rosemont College, Widener U.and CTAS. After living in Hollywood, New York and Paris, Mallory lives in suburban Philadelphia.

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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mag49 on January 31, 2013
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Picasso's Ghost beckons you to keep reading until the end without stopping. It's that spell-binding. Refreshing honesty and candor revealed by it's author Carole Mallory, a Hollywood survivor with an indomitable spirit who refused to be vanquished by set-backs. The kind familiar in that cardboard city also known as tinsel town with it's mid-night cowboys, brief romances and where rising as well as shooting stars are an everyday fact of life. Where lives extolled and glorified today may end up on the forgotten ash heap of stage and screen tomorrow.
You are endeared to Carole as she bares her soul to you and relates her life during those Hollywood years, her one true love, her triumphs and tragedies and in the end her resilient spirit of drive, inner strength and courage that resurrects her broken life to wholeness and purpose again.
A must read for most of us fellow travelers on this road called life with all its ups and downs, disappointments and yet with a brilliant ray of sunshine that always breaks through eventually for those who seek it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By EOB on May 14, 2013
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This book was interesting but it jumps about from time periods to other time periods and repeats itself . This author is a teacher???? I cannot help but feel that all the name dropping resulted in the five-star ratings; however the descriptions of lifestyles of the 70's and goings on of Carole's life make reading this novel enjoyable. The way the author made all French families sound crazy like the Picassos was disturbing,such a bad generalization. Was this book written when she was drunk or sober? I would have liked this answer. Granted, it is a page turner because one never knows where or what is going to turn up. Was Picasso's son or mom and sister quite sane as to how they all let him be treated as if he was their exhusband/father and he was alright with that or as they put it "the family was alright with that and understood"????? Weird. Yes, some things in this book were just plain weird. Her life in Hollywood was interesting, her insider's view of parties and how people used one another was amazing in that I don't even think she realized it at the time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. Boxer on July 30, 2013
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Wow! Mallory has bared her soul to those who cared about her, to those who exploited her and to those who admire her. PG is much more than a love story gone wrong, it is one woman's journey through heartbreak, self-destruction and self-loathing. As I read PG, I was impressed by Mallory's strength and conviction to what she holds dear. Being a slab of meat in the Hollywood slaughterhouse where young ingenus are used up and cast off like discarded clothing, Mallory shows her strength and ability to separate reality from fantasy. Mallory is a survivor. Using her body and her brains, Mallory is able to captivate some of the most recognized people in modern culture and demonstrate that she is a cut above them with her honesty and candidness. Never does she try to hurt anyone. She holds her head gracefully above the exploitation inflicted upon her at the casting couch and the brutal treatment of her long time love, Claude Picasso. In spite of her personal demons, she is a strong, vibrant, eloquent woman. Mallory's book compels you to learn more about this woman who has been dancing on the knife's edge for so very long! What happened to her true love? What happened to her lovers? After giving so very much of herself, is there anything left?

Having climbed to the top of Hollywood heap, Mallory never forgets her humble beginings nor her love or responsibility for family and friends. Unlike today when we are bombarded by the escapades of Lindsay Lohane, Amanda Bynes and Justin Bieber, it is so refreshing to see that humanity, dignity and humor have not been ripped from the beating heart of Carole Mallory. Mallory's catharsis in PG hopefully will bring peace to her life and more great reading for the us all.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By E. Brandstein on February 27, 2013
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I was captivated by the life and times of this honest, brave writer. Carole joins the ranks of many great lovers and muses through history. Her journey and self realization is a lesson for today's young women and it's a wonderful read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ronald on November 13, 2013
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Well written book and extremely interesting knowing what times were like in the 70's. The stories have an accuracy that puts one into a marvelous time zone, especially if you were there.
I was surprised knowing Claude and now understand why Pablo took him out of the will. Her support of him was courageous and giving. However, she seem to go on to a more interesting life and becomes a qualified writer and teacher.
What a super life for a super model. I was fortunate to have been her husband and am proud that she recovered from all her difficulties.
Ronald
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Johanna Angelos on March 2, 2013
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This is not just another "tell all" book, but a human heartwarming and heartbreaking story of an individual trying to make sense of life in the fast lane. Carole has not only survived but has thrived in spite of adversities.

The story itself revolves around her relationship with Picasso's son, with a backdrop of amazing characters and locations. It gives the reader an insight into the lives of the rich and famous. Carole manages to make this a most entertaining story and her writing style is fast paced and shows a depth and intelligence which makes this a wonderful read.

I couldn't put it down. Highly recommend this.
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