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Sam Spiegel: The Incredible Life and Times of Hollywood's Most Iconoclastic Producer, the Miracle Worker Who Went from Penniless Refugee to Showbiz Legend, and Made Possible The African Queen, On the Waterfront, The Bridge on the River Kwai, and Lawrence of Arabia
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Mr. Spiegel escaped from pre-Nazi Europe and made his way to our country with nothing but hunger and guile. His early life was filled with hustling, and the later Mr. Spiegel would have certainly not been proud of the actions he took to survive and get ahead in the cutthroat world and industry of Hollywood filmdom.
Mr Spiegel insinuated himself into this society, liberally using the casting couch, and uncovered both talent and ideas. He was able to eld these into a vision of what ultimately would play to both critics and a wider audience. By putting together teams of screenwriters, directors, and possessively overseeing budgets, Mr Spiegel became a fixture on the Oscar dais and a celebrated member of Hollywood royalty.
With movies like The African Queen and On the Waterfront, Mr Spiegel recognized and employed special talents in life changing roles. His bringing to fruition of Lawrence of Arabia was in many ways a culmination of his brilliant work and his crowning achievement. He brought great talents like Omar Sharif, Peter O'Toole and Marlon Brando from obscurity to stardom.
In his later years, he lost the hunger, drive and vision that brought him to the precipice of greatness in the movie industry, but became a Bon vivant, and a person who evolved culturally to attract great celebrities in a non stop pilgrimage to his door.
Mr Spiegel lived a remarkably full life filled with success, culture, friendships of interesting and powerful people. His life touched and influenced influencers through many strata of society.
A worthwhile and interesting learning experience.
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