Murder, Conspiracy, and Las Vegas ... New Book Reveals True History of Los Angeles Mob
Published: Tue, 22 May 2007, 14:35:00 GMT
Edited by Chris Simmons
NEW YORK, N.Y. - May 22 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- A new book by a celebrity biographer finally tells the story of Celebrity Gangster Mickey Cohen, the boxer, bodyguard, blackmailer, pimp, bookie czar, gambler, haberdasher, restaurateur, racketeer, thief, and Robin Hoodlum to the poor and dispossessed. "Hollywood's Celebrity Gangster, The Incredible Life and Times of Mickey Cohen" (ISBN: 1-929631-65-0), by Brad Lewis, examines the mixed morality life of the Los Angeles-based mobster who reigned from the 1930s until his death in 1976.
Cohen knew everyone-from underworld bosses to politicians, Marilyn Monroe to Frank Sinatra, and Richard Nixon to Reverend Billy Graham.
"I have killed no man in the first place that didn't deserve killing...I had no alternative. It was either my life or their life" -- Mickey Cohen.
"Mickey Cohen would have objected to this book's publication," said the author, Brad Lewis. "His blackmail targets included Marilyn Monroe, Lana Turner, and department store heir Alfred Bloomingdale. The most social of any mobster in history, Mickey bridged the gap between Hollywood, Las Vegas, and Washington. Mickey had the ear of many powerful people, including William Randolph Hearst, Richard Nixon, Reverend Billy Graham, and Washington Post columnist Drew Pearson. Enemies like Robert Kennedy were relentless in trying to topple Mickey."
Some of the facts featured in "Hollywood's Celebrity Gangster" include:
* Frank Sinatra's lifelong relationship to Mickey Cohen. He even asked Mickey above his romantic problems with Ava Gardner.
* How Richard Nixon ran for his first House seat with Mickey Cohen's help and money. And then the Senate!
* The true story of how Meyer Lansky sent Mickey to watch Bugsy Siegel as they began their interests in Las Vegas.
* Mickey's role in finding kidnapped Patty Hearst for her father "Randy".
* Playboy Johnny Stompanato's murder at Lana Turner's house.
* Lyndon Johnson's broken promise to parole Mickey.
* Mickey's extortion schemes that mimic the charges against today's Hollywood sleuth-to-the-stars Anthony Pellicano.
"I found 'Celebrity Gangster' intense, dramatic, a real page turner," said Irwin Winkler, Producer of Goodfellas.
Brad Lewis is a novelist, biographer, playwright and former actor. As an oral surgeon, he practiced in both New York and Beverly Hills. His offices treated numerous celebrities including Richard Nixon, Frank Sinatra, Willie Mays, Diane Keaton, Hugh Downs, Henry Mancini and Henry Kissinger. Lewis is co-author of "My Father, Uncle Miltie," the bestselling biography of fabled comedian Milton Berle.
"Hollywood's Celebrity Gangster" is currently available for purchase at all online booksellers including Amazon.com, Walmart.com, Booksamillion.com and at local bookstores. For more information visit www.BradleyLewis.com.
Brad Lewis will be signing books and making scheduled appearances in New York June 1 - June 7. Available for interviews: (212) 575-9100 or Enigmaeditor@yahoo.com.
Title: Hollywood's Celebrity Gangster The Incredible Life and Times of Mickey Cohen
by Brad Lewis
425 pages, 30 halftones
Trade paper $22.00
Publication date: May 28, 2007
U.K. Distribution by Greenhill Books, London.
U.S. and Canadian distribution by Consortium.
Hollywood Blackmail and Eavesdropping: Is There Anything New About The Hollywood Anthony Pellicano Case? Is It Business As Usual?
Brad Lewis' new biography, "Hollywood's Celebrity Gangster, The Incredible Life and Times of Mickey Cohen," contains many elements that mirror today's Hollywood.
New York, NY (PRWEB) May 23, 2007 -- "Hollywood's Celebrity Gangster, The Incredible Life and Times of Mickey Cohen," ISBN: 1-929631-65-0, a new book by Brad Lewis, examines the extraordinary life of the Los Angeles-based mobster Mickey Cohen who reigned from the 1930s until his death in 1976.
Cohen knew everyone-from mafia chiefs to Hollywood stars, Marilyn Monroe to Frank Sinatra, and Richard Nixon to Reverend Billy Graham. He began eavesdropping on celebrities in the 1940s, with Big Jim Vaus, a paradigm allegedly repeated by Anthony Pellicano.
The United States District Court grand jury filed a 110-count sixty-page federal racketeering indictment against sleuth-to-the-stars Anthony Pellicano. The February 2006 indictment sounds like a carbon copy of Mickey Cohen's extortion and wiretapping operation of the 40s, 50s and 60s.
The suit alleges that Pellicano used confidential police and law enforcement records, including the National Crime Information Center, to access information on actors Sylvester Stallone, Garry Shandling, Kevin Nealon, and Keith Carradine; journalists Anita Busch and Bernard Weintraub; powerhouse agents Bryan Lourd and Kevin Huvane; and former professional tennis player Lisa Bonder Kerkorian, who was married to three-times-her-age billionaire entertainment mogul Kirk Kerkorian.
"I found Celebrity Gangster intense, dramatic, a real page turner" - Irwin Winkler, Producer of Goodfellas.
"A colorful biography of the Mick"
- Steve Harvey, Los Angeles Times.
"Never in my years of reading for pleasure, has such an infamous mobster as the late Mickey Cohen been written about with such insight, truthfulness and good humor as Brad Lewis has accomplished in this page-turning bio. For anyone into Jewish or even gentile folklore, this is a must read"
-Arthur Marx, author of Life With Groucho.
Some of the facts featured in Hollywood's Celebrity Gangster include:
• Marilyn Monroe's introduction to JFK via Mickey Cohen.
• Peter Lawford's distaste for Mickey and Sinatra's mob connections.
• How Harry Cohn asked Mickey to stop Sammy Davis from dating Kim Novak.
• Mickey Cohen's early visits to help secure the race wire in Las Vegas to set up the Flamingo Hotel.
• Mickey's fundraising for Israel with screenwriter Ben Hecht.
• Washington Post columnist Drew Pearson using Mickey's Richard Nixon information to help topple him.
Brad Lewis is a novelist, biographer, playwright and former actor. As an oral surgeon, he practiced in both New York and Beverly Hills. Lewis is co-author of My Father, Uncle Miltie, the bestselling biography of fabled comedian Milton Berle.
Hollywood's Celebrity Gangster is currently available for purchase at all online booksellers including Amazon.com, Walmart.com, Booksamillion.com and at local bookstores. For more information visit www.BradleyLewis.com.
Brad Lewis will be signing books and making scheduled appearances in New York June 1- June 7.
May 31st 11:30 AM Los Angeles KPCC 89.3 with Larry Mantle on "Air Talk."
June 2-3 Book Expo, Javits Center, Manhattan; June 3, Brad will be signing books from 11-12.
June 5th 1 PM Bryant Library, Roslyn, Long Island
June 5th 6:30 PM New York Public Library Main Branch
Hollywood's Celebrity Gangster: The Incredible Life and Times of Mickey Cohen
Contact: Franklin Dennis
By Brad Lewis
Jay Wynshaw 212-575-9100
425 pages, 30 half tones
Trade paper $22.00
UK Distribution by Greenhill Books
Publication date: May 28 2007
US and Canadian distribution
by Perseus Consortium