If you want one of the best biographies of someone you can ever read pick up Hollywood Godfather: My Life In The Movies And The Mob by Actor/Mobster Gianni Russo. It’s in stores on Tuesday, March 12th, from St. Martin’s Press.
The book is a totally honest look at his life from his childhood in Little Italy to suffering from polio as kid and being in an isolation chamber in a hospital for five years and having to fight off a child sexual predator that worked there. He gets into how he got into the mob at a young age and what he did and the money he was making. How he met Marilyn Monroe when he had to work as a shampoo person in a salon to having sex with her (something he later talked to Marlon Brando about on the set of The Godfather as Brando banged her as well).
There’s so much great stuff in the book including watching JFK doing cocaine, his potential part in JFK’s death (and he has quite the thoughts on this), to getting his first acting job on The Godfather (with a run-in with Brando) to all the practical jokes on the set (one with James Caan is awesome). His adventures with celebrities like Judy Garland, Liza Minnelli, Dionne Warwick, Zsa Zsa Gabor (and this one is crazy) and Frank Sinatra among many (and a great Frank Story involving his daughter).
There’s also a lot of mob stories and behind the scenes about the mob including how Pablo Escobar wanted him dead for something he did and having to go meet with him to save his life.
I have read a lot of celeb bios and this is right there with the best of them. The brutal honesty of Gianni Russo is just amazing. He reveals things that makes me wonder if he could be in any legal problems because of it. I certainly hope not. You can read all about his adventures, his personal life, Hollywood and the mob on Tuesday, March 12th.
I highly recommend this book.
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