Sal Mineo: His Life, Murder, and Mystery by H. Paul Jeffers

Sal Mineo: His Life, Murder, and Mystery by H. Paul Jeffers


ISBN is 9780786710126 / 0786710128

Book is new , First Carroll and Graf Edition, 2002    

Sal Mineo: His Life, Murder, and Mystery     by Jeffers, H. Paul

Publisher:   Carroll & Graf, 2002

Edition:  Softcover

Language:  English



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This long-overdue biography chronicles the dramatic ups and troubled downs of a career that won 1950s teen screen idol Sal Mineo two Oscar nominationsfor Rebel Without a Cause (with James Dean) and Exodusbefore he was twenty-one and ended with a movie has-beens shocking death, at thirty-seven, by a stab wound in the chest. As this carefully and caringly researched biography shows, Sal Mineos talents far exceeded the limits typecasting imposed upon a career that saddled him with the nickname, The Switchblade Kid. It also demonstrates that Mineos decline had less to do with the loss of the baby-face good looks that quickened the heartbeat of teenage girls than it did with his unwillingness to deny his homosexuality. Investigating the mystery that continues to surround Sal Mineos tragic death and sifting the facts from the fictions that shroud his private life, this serious study of the man and the star sympathetically chronicles the thirty-seven years that made an erotic politician and gay icon of a street kid and teen idol. 24 pages of black-and-white photographs are included. Literate, anecdote-rich biography.Boston Globe An excellent biography.... A thoroughly readable book.Associated Press With an easy style and sound reporting, Jeffers has recreated the performers life with verve and insight.  Publishers Weekly