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Greg Bautzer: The man who seduced Hollywood . . . and most female stars

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, The Man Who Seduced Hollywood: The Life and Loves of Greg Bautzer, Tinseltown’s Most Powerful Lawyer


In Hollywood history, no other lawyer has rocketed to super-stardom quite like Greg Bautzer. During the '30s, ’40s and ’50s, Bautzer was linked to Joan Crawford, Lana Turner, Ginger Rogers, Ava Gardner, Rita Hayworth, Peggy Lee, Jane Wyman, Dorothy Lamour and others. Celebrity gossip columnists dubbed him “Hollywood Bachelor Number One.”
Yet Bautzer was more than just a Don Juan. Representing Howard Hughes, Rock Hudson, Ingrid Bergman, Robert Evans and many other well-known Hollywood names, he managed to climb to the very top of Tinseltown like no one has since.For the first time, The Man Who Seduced Hollywood: The Life and Loves of Greg Bautzer, Tinseltown’s Most Powerful Lawyer (Chicago Review Press, May 2013) by B. James Gladstone, foreword by Robert Wagner, reveals the glamorous lifestyle and remarkable story of a self-made man who for 50 years used his irresistible charm and prodigious legal talent to dominate the courtrooms, boardrooms and bedrooms of Hollywood.
Drawn from exclusive interviews with those who intersected Bautzer’s life, including his former wife actress Dana Wynter, Ingrid Bergman’s daughter Pia Lindström and Bautzer’s personal secretary Lea Sullivan, The Man Who Seduced Hollywood uncovers the inner-workings of this dominant, high-powered lawyer who captured the hearts of scores of leading ladies and served as long-time advisor to one of the world’s most powerful men—Howard Hughes. Bautzer also masterminded casino tycoon Kirk Kerkorian’s takeover of MGM and interacted with the likes of Frank Sinatra, Ronald Reagan, Humphrey Bogart, Marilyn Monroe, gangster Bugsy Siegel and media mogul William Randolph Hearst.
“He knew everyone and he knew their secrets,” says Gladstone. “He knew what made them tick. He knew what made Hollywood tick.”
Including rare stories about under-the-table dealings with many celebrities of the era, The Man Who Seduced Hollywood is a captivating and entertaining portrait of a larger-than-life Hollywood magnate.


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