The Nine Lives of Michael Todd

The Nine Lives of Michael Todd

by Art Cohn

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At eighteen he was president of a $2-million-a-year construction company. At twenty he couldn’t afford a house of his own.

When he was thirty-seven he had four plays running simultaneously, netting him $20,000 a week. The following year he went into bankruptcy for over a million dollars.

At forty-nine he married Hollywood’s reigning beauty, Elizabeth Taylor, and had the greatest hit in motion-picture history—Around the World in Eighty Days, the first motion picture likely to gross $100 million.

Brash, flamboyant, half genius, half conman, he rose from the slums to giddy heights in the roller-coaster worlds of Broadway and Hollywood. Then, as in a script he might have written himself, he met death in a tragic plane crash—along with his biographer, the man who wrote this book.

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ISBN-13: 9781787204867
Publisher: Papamoa Press
Publication date: 06/28/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 353
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

ART COHN (April 5, 1909 - March 22, 1958) was an American sportswriter, screenwriter and author.

Born in New York City, he spent his childhood in Schenectady, New York. He launched his writing career in Long Beach, California, as a sports writer for the Long Beach Sun and Press-Telegram, going on from there to the Oakland, California, Tribune, where he was Sports Editor for seven years.

World War II took him from New Guinea to the Middle East, and finally to Ceylon, as a war correspondent for International News Service. In 1947 Mark Hellinger brought him into the motion picture industry. The first film produced by Cohn, The Set-Up, was awarded the International Critics Grand Prix at the Cannes Festival in 1949, and was hailed by American and European critics as the greatest fight picture ever made. As the personal representative of Howard Hughes, then head of R.K.O. pictures, Cohn collaborated with Roberto Rossellini on the screenplay of Stromboli, starring Ingrid Bergman.

Returning to Hollywood, Mr. Cohn wrote and produced nearly a dozen motion pictures before he, his wife and one of their sons left on what was to be a three-month holiday to visit the Rossellinis. They stayed in Italy two years; Mr. Cohn wrote four pictures for Italian motion picture companies, and the Cohns traveled in many countries, climaxing their European stay with a trip to Israel in 1955. When the Cohns returned to Hollywood, Cohn completed The Joker Is Wild, his biography of the famous comedian Joe E. Lewis (1955). He also adapted the book for the motion picture of the same title.

At the time of his tragic death in the plane crash on March 22, 1958, which also killed Broadway theatre and Hollywood film producer Mike Todd, pilot Bill Verner and co-pilot Tom Barclay, Cohn had nearly completed Mr. Todd’s biography, The Nine Lives of Michael Todd. It was finished by his wife, who constructed the final two chapters from the copious notes Mr. Cohn had taken.

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