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by Milt Machlin

  • ISBN: 0505515334
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  • Author: Milt Machlin
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Tower & Leisure Sales Co; First Edition edition (July 1980)
  • Pages: 384 pages
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  • Rating: 4.3
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Milt Machlin was an American journalist, author and adventurer

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PAPERBACK ORIGINAL FIRST EDITION, Tower Biography #51533, published 1980. First Edition, First Printing, so stated, no previous hardcover. Cover blurb: "The biography of Libby Holman, the torch singer accused of murdering her millionaire husband! Solved at last! The most sensational case of the 1930's!" Elizabeth Lloyd Holzman, better known as Libby Holman (May 23, 1904 - June 18, 1971), was an American singer and actress who notoriety for unconventional personal life. She married two husbands from great American families, both who committed suicide, a famous abstract artist & sculptor, and had a litany of great lovers from the 1920's through 1960's, and was a legendary philanthropist and civil rights warrior. Easily one of the most interesting lives ever lived. Original 2.75 cover price. Disc: Paperback, 384 pages, Illus., 18 cm.
Reviews about Libby (5):
Story of Libby Holman a torch singer in the 1930s in the US. She wanted to be an actress, and worked hard at learning how to act and sing, but her real talent was as a torch singer.

Smith Reynolds, the tobacco heir, who was 20 years old and younger than Libby fell in love with LIbby and pursed her until she agreed to marry him. Smith was one of four children, and the youngest son of R. J. Reynolds, the tobacco millionaire. Smith was a playboy.

She had many lovers, both male and female. She had a wonderful voice for singing the blues. She was a Broadway star of the 1930's, and had a charm that reached both men and women alike. Her friends and lovers included Tallulah Bankhead, Montgomery Clift and Jeane Eagels. She was involved with Montgomery Clift who was many years younger than Libby, and seemed to be looking for a mother figure.

She was pregnant with her son by Smith, when Smith committed suicide with a gun at the family home in North Carolina. The local sheriff investigated the death and tried to get Libby on a murder rap. She was Jewish and not from North Carolina, and the sheriff seemed to have it in for Libby.

Libby was into drugs and drank to much as well. After the death of her first husband, she remarried another younger man, Ralph Holmes, who went off to war in WW II as a pilot. When Ralph came back after the war, he had changed and they separated. Ralph then committed suicide.

Libby's son Topper by Smith Reynolds, was mountain climbing with a teen aged friend in California, when they fell and were both killed. She later adopted and raised two boys. She had one final marriage to a Jewish artist Louis Shanker.

She ended up taking her own life in 1971 at the age of 65 by carbon monoxide poisoning. An interesting woman with some tragic events in her life.
Alongside Jon Bradshaw's superlative Libby Holman book, "Dreams that Money Can Buy," this tome is as dry as a courtroom procedure and there are no footnotes to anything.
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Excellent true story; interesting & illuminating of the times. Shows how money doesn't promise happiness.
I enjoyed it..
Libby Holman was the first of the white torch singers, a famous Broadway star of the 1930's whose sultry voice--it was compared by the important New York Times critic Brooks Atkinson to a "dark purple flame" and highly-publicized offstage shenanigans kept her in the papers even before the marriage and murder mystery that made her front-page news. For Libby, a Jewish girl from Cincinnati, surprised most everyone by marrying handsome young(younger than she was, quite unusual back then) Smith Reynolds, heir to the tobacco fortune. And a few months later, when he was shot dead, she was in the dock charged with his murder. Charges were eventually dropped, though she was not cleared, and suspicion followed her ever after, in a melodramatic life that was as remarkable for its lows as its highs. (Many of those who were closest to her, including Reynolds' son, her only child, died violently.)

In this, the first biography of Libby, Milt Machlin, longtime editor of Argosy, a men's magazine, and author of "The Search for Michael Rockefeller," and "Ninth Life: the Caryl Chessman Story, " each the standard book on its subject, took his finely-honed investigative skills to North Carolina, scene of the drama, and managed to shed some new light on a case that was one of the sensations of the thirties.

Libby Holman was the first American woman to wear bright red nail polish. She tootled around town in a Ford "flivver" with uniformed chauffeur, then in a 16-cylinder Rolls Royce convertible given her by her great and good friend Louisa Carpenter du Pont Jenney, heiress to de Pont millions. Libby wore her brightly-colored pajamas out to play, then wore nothing at all and got herself arrested on the beach at Deauville, France, while visiting her legendary friend, the black American singer who'd taken Paris by storm, Josephine Baker.

She also stunned society by wearing men's evening dress and identical bowler hats on her outings with Louisa and the rest of the chums: Tallulah Bankhead, Bea Lillie, Clifton Webb, Eve Le Gallienne, who passed away quite recently -- sexual adventurers all. Without doubt, she preferred girls to boys-- she lived with Jeanne Eagels, the original "Sadie Thompson" of Somerset Maugham's Broadway play "Rain," until that emotionally fragile young woman killed herself. But she liked boys too, if they were young enough, pretty enough, and fragile enough. Her last long relationship was with that beautiful movie star of the 40's and 50's, Montgomery Clift.

Libby liked nightlife in Harlem and Cuba, sex, booze, and anything else that could make a girl feel good. She made, spent, and gave away a lot of money. She became an influential theatre liberal and so could look down upon Monty's other closest good friend, Elizabeth Taylor, as merely "Hollywood." She announced her engagement to Smith Reynolds, said she was leaving the fast life, and scandalized her new neighbors at Barker's Point, Port Washington, Long Island, N.Y. when Louisa Jenney pulled into port in her new yacht "Three's a Crowd." (Well, it was also the title of one of Libby's hit shows.) And when she discovered, as she faced trial for murder, that she was pregnant, she rushed right back to Louisa Jenney's in Wilmington, (that'll be Wilmington, Delaware, not North Carolina). Jenney was a du Pont, after all, and it was pretty far away from Wilson-Salem, N.C., site of the trial.

This book is well-written, well-illustrated, and indexed. It does a good job of bringing us the life of a sensuous woman, and clears her name of murder to a significant degree. And it sure goes to prove there's nothing new under the sun, in case you thought there was.

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