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Sal Mineo: A Biography Paperback – October 11, 2011
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Sal's story starts simply enough. The third of four kids from a warm but financially challenged family from the Bronx, Sal's mother enrolls Sal in a dance class to keep him off the mean streets that they call home. Sal has talent, hits the boards, and gets noticed. Eventually, he shares the stage with Yul Brynner and Gertrude Lawrence as one of the King's children in THE KING AND I. Brynner turns out to be an uncharacteristically good guy and mentors Sal. Movies come calling and after an uneventful start, Sal catches some luck and gets cast in Rebel Without A Cause. The rest is history, sort of. A quick study, Sal is an instinctive actor who works hard, strives to improve as an actor, and sees his star ascend through a series of mostly under appreciated movies and a short-lived recording career. Back on the home front, his mother mismanages his hefty earnings and spends it faster than he can earn it with the exception of a mandatory trust fund. When Sal turned 21, his trust fund matured. Because his mother had access to his assets, the proceeds from the trust was disipated quickly. Eventually Sal distances himself from his family and his relationship with them becomes impossible.Read more ›
Michaud's biography, "Sal Mineo," provides an insider's look at Mineo's life, relying on interviews, letters, newspaper reviews, and friends' comments. We watch Sal's unexpected rise to fame as a child star, first on television and then with his Academy Award nomination as best supporting actor in "Exodus." And like many other child actors who rocket to fame, everything after that became a comparative struggle, from his recording career to his mishandled finances to his sexuality in a time of "NEVER tell."
Mineo had such big dreams for his acting and directing career. When someone is a genius in his field, he is often ahead of his time. Mineo's choices were not popular with either the press or the public. His ideas on portraying honest relationships between men and his own willingness to use nudity on the stage did not endear him to the Hollywood set (and would still cause problems for segments of the population).
In this biography, Michaud tells the story with as many facts and dates and quotations as he can. The author does not shy away from the issues of bisexuality, multiple lovers, or financial distress.
Regardless, Mineo comes through as someone genuinely liked and admired though he could also be wild and jealous. This is not always a pleasant book to read, but it is informative and steers away from pure salaciousness.
If there is a lesson here, it is for stage mothers: give the your child a normal childhood. Like Michael Jackson, Mineo spent his life searching for that which he never had.
I decided it was finally time to investigate the person behind the stunning eyes. For those equally intrigued by his mere presence, "Sal Mineo: A Biography" will only serve to perpetuate your fascination. Michael Gregg Michaud's extensive research is the closest opportunity those not fortunate enough to meet Sal Mineo will ever have getting to know him. From childhood to his untimely death, Michaud takes the reader on a journey that was Sal Mineo. (Small wonder James Franco recently purchased the film rights to Mineo's story.) The author never attempts to lead the reader in a particular direction. He simply presents a stunning 10 years worth of in-depth research providing details (sad, shocking, juicy, even inspiring) of Mineo's life that makes it practically impossible to put the book down.
Perhaps the pinnacle of Michaud's biography are the revealing interviews with Mineo's only long-term girlfriend Jill Haworth, as well as his only long-term boyfriend, Courtney Burr. The invaluable input these two individuals provide Michaud takes "Sal Mineo: A Biography" to a higher level than both author and reader could have ever hoped. Sadly, Jill Haworth passed away just 2 months after the biography's release, but her generous input to Michaud's book will live for many years to come.
Special thanks and congratulations to author, Michael Gregg Michaud for his passion, discipline and commitment in writing "Sal Mineo: A Biography." I wish him, as well as James Franco, much success with the book and the anticipated, long overdue film version of Sal Mineo's extraordinary life. It is a story worth telling.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I've only had a chance to read the first chapter. I thought that it was very good and well written.Published 5 months ago by Carol W.
Sal Mineo: A Biography by Michael Gregg Michaud was released in 2010. A fine book with lots of photographs, career information,films, television work, plays, and records Sal made. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
One of the better biography's on Sal life and struggles w/ fame & family. Much not known and will never be know about his death.Published 11 months ago by cyh
When I have time, I will read the book, and so far its really good. I always liked Sal Mineo. I loved when he portrayed the great Gene Krupa. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Sylrev
I have been itching to review this great biography for a couple of years now. I felt many emotions and I just could not figure out how to do it
the way I wanted. Read more
I am a life long movie buff and a real fan of REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE, a film every bit as influential as CITIZEN KANE. Read morePublished 14 months ago by F. C. Schaefer