Fallen Stars

Tragic lives and lost careers


Probes the underside of fame to reveal a host of glittering careers stunted by ill-health, alcoholism, drug addiction and egomania.

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Twenty-one tales of stardom turned sour, these are the tragic final years of some of the world’s best-loved actors and comedians, a latter-day Hollywood Babylon that includes Benny Hill, Diana Dors, Peter Sellers, Carry On legends and many others.

Part One: Fame and Misfortune

  • Carol White: Hollywood and Bust – the Golden Girl of the sixties who ended up stranded – penniless, bloated and drunk – in a Miami hotel room
  • Rachel Roberts: Paradise Lost – losing love and self-respect – an accomplished actress spirals into tragedy
  • Oliver Reed: Hyde in Plain Site – the dark deeds and dashed ambition of a lifelong hellraiser
  • Diana Dors: The Lakes Regress – surviving abortion, divorce, bankruptcy and estrangement from her children before succumbing to cancer at 53
  • Mary Millington: True Blues – the sex, drugs and scandal behind the downfall of a delicate porn star

Part Two: Tragic Comics

  • Tony Hancock: Down and Under – the final humiliation of a troubled comic
  • Richard Beckinsale: The Dark Light Comedian – behind the cheerful facade of the brightest TV star of the seventies
  • Peter Sellers: Curse of the Pink Panther – commercial success, marital failure and emotional destruction – the turbulent final years of a tormented star
  • Charles Hawtrey: Sixteen Year Bender – the final desperate years of the Carry On legend who didn’t fit in.
  • Benny Hill: The Show’s Over – how his health rapidly declined after his unceremonious dismissal from Thames Television
  • Terry-Thomas: Temporarily Embarrassed – ravaged, impoverished, forgotten – a comic legend wasted by illness
  • Barry Evans: Misadventures of a Taxi Driver – the sadness and the mystery surrounding a forgotten star’s death
  • Peter Cook: A Life in Pieces – the decline of the genius who stopped trying
  • Dudley Moore: On the Rocks – from Hollywood superstar to unemployable actor – his tragic story of depression, insecurity and a devastating illness

Part Three: Final Acts

  • Mary Ure: Anger and After
  • Vivien Merchant: Betrayal
  • Jill Bennett: Love and Death
  • Ian Hendry: The Nearly Man
  • David Rappaport: Even Dwarfs Started Small
  • Charlotte Coleman: Forever Young
  • Sir Stanley Baker: The Outsider

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Book Format

By Julian Upton
Book Format Paperback
Book Pagecount 160
Book ISBN 978-1-900486-38-5
Book Size 229mm x 152mm
SKU: 33e75ff09dd6
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