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14 review for Lanza, His Tragic Life

  1. 5 out of 5

    Vincent Ricciardi

    The book reads a bit like a text book and plays into many of the rumors about Mario, in particular his womanizing and mafia conflicts. There is a clear distinction between what were obviously stories from Terry Robinson's point of view and Raymond Strait's literary liberties. There is even a supposed tryst between Mario and Judy Garland. While it hints at the possible mafia hit, it also points out that it was Betty Lanza who had come to that conclusion, and that she was not mentally healthy at a The book reads a bit like a text book and plays into many of the rumors about Mario, in particular his womanizing and mafia conflicts. There is a clear distinction between what were obviously stories from Terry Robinson's point of view and Raymond Strait's literary liberties. There is even a supposed tryst between Mario and Judy Garland. While it hints at the possible mafia hit, it also points out that it was Betty Lanza who had come to that conclusion, and that she was not mentally healthy at all. She joined Mario 6 months later after an accidental overdose of prescription drugs. What I liked most about this book is that it focused much more on his relationships with everyone. Mario had a sick, twisted sense of humor, which only his closest friends ever really understood. The pressures of Hollywood took its toll on Betty Lanza first and eventually brought down one of the greatest singers of the day. There relationship was strained but in many ways they needed each other. I wouldn't recommend this for those looking to read about Lanza for the first time. Check out the book by Derrick Mannering or Armando Caesari instead.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Debra Pawlak

    If you would like a quick read about Lanza, this is the book for you, but if you want something more in-depth, definitely look elsewhere . His story was a little disappointing and very tragic. Lanza died quite young and lived a life of excess--although the book alludes to a more mysterious death due to some underworld connections. Sadly, his wife died five months later leaving four young children. From what I understand only one--a daughter--has survived. A tragic family all the way around. Lanz If you would like a quick read about Lanza, this is the book for you, but if you want something more in-depth, definitely look elsewhere . His story was a little disappointing and very tragic. Lanza died quite young and lived a life of excess--although the book alludes to a more mysterious death due to some underworld connections. Sadly, his wife died five months later leaving four young children. From what I understand only one--a daughter--has survived. A tragic family all the way around. Lanza was a huge star in the fifties and had a fantastic voice. Becoming a movie star was detrimental to him, however, and encouraged his wild ways. The book was cowritten by a close friend, Terry Robinson, and did not really take a deep dive into Lanza's life. Not sure whether Robinson was trying to save face for his friend or what. To his credit, however, Lanza tried to be a good father, but some of his antics were ridiculous. At this point, I am not too interested in reading about him any further.

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    Steve Mahofski

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  9. 4 out of 5

    Ryan T Nagle

  10. 4 out of 5

    Megan

  11. 4 out of 5

    Daniel

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jan

  13. 5 out of 5

    Gloria

  14. 4 out of 5

    John W. Hodges

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