David Bret - Author

About the Author

David Bret was born in Paris. His many acclaimed biographies include Clark Gable: Tormented Star and Joan Crawford: Hollywood Martyr (both published by JR Books). He lives in Yorkshire.

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Edith Piaf Find Me a New Way to Die

Edith Piaf Find Me a New Way to Die

Author: David Bret Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/09/2016

'Every damn fool thing you do in this life, you pay for.' Edith Piaf was one of 20th-century France's brightest stars, an international sensation, and since her death in 1963 has become a legendary figure. Her life story is so compelling that it has become difficult to separate the fact from the fiction, thanks to a wealth of stories, plays, films and biographies designed to lionize: her birth on the pavement of Rue de Belleville 72 on a pile of coats; being raised in a brothel; her role in the French resistance; the near misses with death; the money, the men, the moods, the drugs, the fame. Shrouded by these stories, the 'real' Edith Piaf is often indistinguishable from the legend. Following on from his two bestselling biographies of Edith Piaf, David Bret, in her centenary year, has written an account of the singer's life which centres around previously unpublished interviews he conducted with her friends, lovers, colleagues and songwriters. For the first time, Bret is in a position to reveal the material that was too controversial to publish whilst the interviewees were still alive. This new book will mean a significant revision to the Piaf myth.

Tribulations of John Dynham     Part Two of a Family Saga Set During the Wars of the Roses

Tribulations of John Dynham Part Two of a Family Saga Set During the Wars of the Roses

Author: David Bret Format: eBook Release Date: 23/08/2016

Lord Dynham (1433-1501) was a key figure in the struggle for supremacy between York and Lancaster. He enjoyed a long, glittering political career and a complex personal life. Twice-married, but openly gay in his private circle, he survived the reigns and dictates of three very different kings: Edward IV, Richard III, and Henry VII. His story is of compelling interest-sex, shady politics, tragedy and intrigue-and is vividly recounted in part two of the Dynham saga, covering the years 1466-71. Three years have elapsed since Dynham and his lover Philip were reunited after Philip's capture by the French. Now in his thirties, Dynham is about to enter into an arranged marriage with Baroness Elizabeth Fitzwalter, but is determined not to give up Philip. He also has to deal with the Siege of Exeter, court anarchy, the attempted deposition of Edward IV, family squabbles, loss in battle, the failing health of his brother-in-law Nicholas Carew...and the ultimate tragedy which rocks the lives of the entire Dynham clan.

Putting One's Head Above the Parapet: My Autobiography

Putting One's Head Above the Parapet: My Autobiography

Author: David Bret Format: eBook Release Date: 20/08/2016

French-born David Bret is one of Britain's leading show business biographers and now dishes the dirt on himself. He speaks of his long-suffering mother and eccentric family and recalls the celebrities who became confidants: the chanteuse Barbara, Marlene Dietrich, and Dorothy Squires. He recalls other show business friends: Damia, Charles Aznavour, Charles Dumont and Serge Regianni...controversial figures Alice Sapritch, Manouche, Melina Mercouri and porn star Joey Stefano. He writes of his meetings with Peggy Lee and Greta Garbo and of his spats with Sacha Distel and Franco Zeffirelli. He reveals his friendship with Peter Sutcliffe in pre-Yorkshire Ripper days. He takes no prisoners when discussing his enemies, especially the abusive father who made his childhood a misery. He holds nothing back discussing his love affairs. Bret has been honest when sticking his head above the parapet in his best-selling books and when expressing opinions, and is unsparing when writing about himself...

Brit Girls of the Sixties Volume Three: Cilla Black, Sandie Shaw & Lulu

Brit Girls of the Sixties Volume Three: Cilla Black, Sandie Shaw & Lulu

Author: David Bret Format: eBook Release Date: 08/08/2015

Cilla Black (1943-2015) was the only important British female singer to emerge from the "e;Mersey Sound"e; explosion of the early 1960s. The archetypal girl-next-door, despite fame and fortune she never lost touch with her Northern roots, and her sudden death in August 2015 plunged a whole nation into mourning. A veritable lodestar of talent, her speciality was powerhouse Continental ballads, with which she was unrivalled. After her singing career slowed down she went on to become one of the country's most popular television personalities, and will never be replaced in the hearts of the British public. "e;The Barefoot Princess From Dagenham"e;, Sandie Shaw was one of the decade's most alluring images. She topped the British charts three times and won Eurovision. Lulu was the wee Scottish lassie with the voice which could demolish a skyscraper. Hers was a bigger struggle than most, from Glasgow tenement block to superstardom. She was the only Brit Girl to top the US charts.

Twenty Shades of Filth: A Second Nancy Sphinctergritzel Trilogy: Cyclops & The Hermaphrodite: A Boy Named Cemetery: Nancy's Italian Adventure: Illustrated Irreverent Spoofs About the World's Most Infa

Twenty Shades of Filth: A Second Nancy Sphinctergritzel Trilogy: Cyclops & The Hermaphrodite: A Boy Named Cemetery: Nancy's Italian Adventure: Illustrated Irreverent Spoofs About the World's Most Infa

Author: David Bret Format: eBook Release Date: 30/03/2015

Nancy Sphinctergritzel (1904-2010) the most loathed of the Hollywood lushes, the quintessential example of Machiavellian insanity who moved from one situation to the next, leaving a trail of death and misery. Her obsession was with Rudolph Valentino, in proving that he never had sex with men, that the only woman he ever loved was her. Her book, 'My Life With Rudy', which she boasted would take the world by storm, took 68 years to complete, butminutes to destroy by victims of her homophobia. In this the second trilogy of this popular series, we see Nancy at her most hateful: with her equally horrid hermaphrodite buddy, Hal Pickford; pursuing her movie star, who she abandoned as a baby and now wishes to destroy because he is gay; and travelling to Italy, to petition the Vatican into making Valentino a saint-or face the consequences. WARNING: contains adult material of a sexual nature. NOTE: this story is fictitious. Any resemblance to persons living or dead is entirely coincidental.

Nancy & Cecil: A Marriage Made In Hell: The Nancy Sphinctergritzel Story Finale: An Illustrated Irreverent Spoof

Nancy & Cecil: A Marriage Made In Hell: The Nancy Sphinctergritzel Story Finale: An Illustrated Irreverent Spoof

Author: David Bret Format: eBook Release Date: 14/03/2015

Nancy Sphinctergritzel (1904-2010) was Hollywood's biggest lush. Her husbands predeceased her. Her children were taken into care. Her lifelong quest was to prove her imagined lover Valentino had never had sex with men-or with any woman but her. It took her 68 years to write My Life With Rudy-minutes for her victims to destroy it. Lord Cecil Wilde (1859-1947) was a hero. He had hundreds of lovers, his favourites the Dilly Boys met during the Cleveland Street Scandal. He made al fresco sex acceptable, married a suffragette, and established the world's first edible condoms factory in Ceylon. But why did he marry a homophobe who collaborated with Germany in World War II? This final part of the trilogy tells all!NOTE: This is a work of fiction. Names, characters and incidents are the product of the author's imagination or are used fictitiously, and any resemblance to persons living or dead, events or locales is coincidental. WARNING: This story contains adult material of a sexual nature.

Lord Cecil Wilde: Before She Ruined Him: The Nancy Sphinctergritzel Story Prequel: An Illustrated Irreverent Spoof

Lord Cecil Wilde: Before She Ruined Him: The Nancy Sphinctergritzel Story Prequel: An Illustrated Irreverent Spoof

Author: David Bret Format: eBook Release Date: 14/03/2015

Part Two of the Nancy Sphinctergritzel Trilogy recalls the life of Lord Cecil Wilde (1859-1947), eccentric English aristocrat. He had hundreds of lovers, but was most fond of rough-trade "e;Dilly Boys"e;. He was involved in the Cleveland Street Scandal, founded Ceylon's first edible condoms factory, shared dentures with Ernest Thesiger. He penned his memoirs while married to horrendous lush, Nancy Sphinctergritzel. After his death she "e;amended"e; these in an attempt to turn him into a pervert. This took two weeks, as opposed to the 68 years she worked on her banned My Life With Rudy, the story of her imagined affair with Valentino. Fortunately, Cecil's original work has resurfaced, and his story may now be told with respect to his memory. NOTE: This is a work of fiction. Names, characters and incidents are the product of the author's imagination or are used fictitiously: any resemblance to persons living or dead is entirely coincidental. WARNING: This story contains adult material of a sexual nature.

Rudolph Valentino's Moose: The Nancy Sphinctergritzel Story: An Illustrated Irreverent Spoof About the World's Most Infamous Lush

Rudolph Valentino's Moose: The Nancy Sphinctergritzel Story: An Illustrated Irreverent Spoof About the World's Most Infamous Lush

Author: David Bret Format: eBook Release Date: 14/03/2015

"e;The Queen of Homophobes"e; (1904-2010) was the illegitimate daughter of a parson's wife and an Indian brave. Leaving her shack, she arrived in Hollywood and appeared in a film with Mary Pickford. Seven times married she loved one man-Valentino-who denied knowing her. After his death she began a hate campaign to prove he had never loved other men, or any woman but her. She helped set up Confidential magazine, tried to block the Kinsey Report, joined the McCarthy witch-hunt. For 68 years she worked on 'My Life With Rudy', the greatest literary failure of all time. She wed for the last time at 99 to a man 80 years her junior who predeceased her. She died at 105 on the anniversary of her imaginary lover's death-after a sexual accident. Author's Note: This is a work of fiction. Names, characters and incidents are the product of the author's imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to persons living or dead is entirely coincidental. WARNING: contains adult material of a sexual nature!

Cyclops & The Hermaphrodite: A Nancy Sphinctergritzel Story: An Irreverent Illustrated Spoof

Cyclops & The Hermaphrodite: A Nancy Sphinctergritzel Story: An Irreverent Illustrated Spoof

Author: David Bret Format: eBook Release Date: 14/03/2015

One of the most reviled homophobic partnerships in Hollywood history. Nancy Sphinctergritzel (1904-2010) and Hal Pickford (1906-2011). Cross-dresser Hal, tipping the scales at 400 pounds. Nancy: one-eyed, one leg shorter than the other, tattooed, multi-pierced. Both were fanatics of Rudolph Valentino. Nancy spent 68 years writing the Valentino book which her victims destroyed. Hal just bullied. Tinsel Town had Bette and Joan, Hedda and Louella, Popeye and Bluto-the ones who were respected. In the end the victims won, and Nancy and Hal's deaths remain among the great comedy moments of all time!AUTHOR'S NOTE: This is a work of fiction. Names, characters and incidents are the product of the author's imagination or are used fictitiously. Resemblance to persons living or dead or to locales is entirely coincidental. WARNING: this story contains adult material of a sexual nature.

Nancy's Italian Adventure: A Nancy Sphinctergritzel Story: An Illustrated Irreverent Spoof About the World's Most Infamous Lush

Nancy's Italian Adventure: A Nancy Sphinctergritzel Story: An Illustrated Irreverent Spoof About the World's Most Infamous Lush

Author: David Bret Format: eBook Release Date: 14/03/2015

Nancy Sphinctergritzel (1904-2010), the most loathed of the Hollywood lushes. This quintessential example of Machiavellian insanity moved from one situation to another leaving behind a trail of misery. Married seven times to husbands who predeceased her, her children were taken into care. Her obsession was with Rudolph Valentino, in proving he never had sex with men and with no woman but her. Her book, My Life With Rudy, which she boasted would take the world by storm, took 68 years to complete, minutes to destroy by her victims. In 1947, newly widowed, she disappeared and these victims prayed that she was dead. She was in Italy with a new quest, to have Valentino canonised by the Pope. This HILARIOUSLY FUNNY 5th book in the NS Saga tells the story of that horrific time. NOTE: This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places and incidents are the product of the author's imagination. Any resemblance to persons living or dead is entirely coincidental. WARNNG: contains adult material of a sexual nature

Boy Named Cemetery: A Nancy Sphinctergritzel Story: An Illustrated Irreverent Spoof About the World's Most Infamous Lush

Boy Named Cemetery: A Nancy Sphinctergritzel Story: An Illustrated Irreverent Spoof About the World's Most Infamous Lush

Author: David Bret Format: eBook Release Date: 14/03/2015

Nancy Sphinctergritzel (1904-2010), the notorious Hollywood lush, had an imaginary love affair with Rudolph Valentino for over 8o years. The quintessential example of Machiavellian insanity, her lifelong aim was to prove he never had sex with men, that she was the only woman he had ever loved. While doing so, no crime was too heinous for her-even murder. It took her 67 years to write 'My Life With Rudy', minutes for the victims of her homophobia to destroy. She married seven times. Her seven children were taken into care. This is the story of one-Cemetery, named after the location where he was conceived. As Philip Shufflewick-Voss he entered the movies, yet when fame beckoned, this sympathetic young man had but one quest-to destroy the woman who had destroyed others whose only crime was, like himself, loving other men. AUTHOR'S NOTE: This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places and incidents are the product of the author's imagination. Resemblance to persons living or dead is entirely coincidental.

Rudolph Valentino: The Screen God Who Loved Men

Rudolph Valentino: The Screen God Who Loved Men

Author: David Bret Format: eBook Release Date: 13/03/2015

In Rudolph Valentino: The Screen God Who Loved Men, best-selling author David Bret tells of the real Valentino, a man sexually attracted only towards other men, whose relationships with women, particularly his two rapacious lesbian wives-brought him heartbreak. Moralists attacked him, studio chiefs treated him like dirt. His manager was only interested in gaining control of his estate. When he lay dying in hospital, these people deliberated between saving him and letting him die while working out which was the most financially viable: Valentino alive or dead, and what would happen if the truth emerged about his private life. Valentino was less ashamed of his sexuality than he was of being trapped within the image of his public persona. In 1920s Hollywood, gay men were stereotyped as feeble degenerates. Not so Valentino, a powerfully-built man who excelled at most sports, boxing in particular. It was his persistent, unnecessary need to 'prove' his manhood which ultimately contributed to his early death.

Joey Stefano: The Life, Loves & Legacy of the Prince of Passion

Joey Stefano: The Life, Loves & Legacy of the Prince of Passion

Author: David Bret Format: eBook Release Date: 13/03/2015

Joey Stefano (1968-94)Nick Iacona was blessed with ethereal beauty. Sexually abused by his father, he left his Philadelphia home at 15 to hustle in Los Angeles, changed his name to Joey Stefano, and became one of the world's most feted gay porn stars. Yet despite his success he held himself responsible for the traumas of his youth. Much has been written about Joey's drug-taking which saw him dead at 26, and the mistaken theory that his life had been spent with his finger on the self-destruct button. This is untrue. The sex industry was no different than the rock scene in that for many, drugs were a part of everyday life. Joey was one of the unlucky ones. In this affectionate biography, David Bret focuses not on Joey's misinformed failures, but on the wonderful life that he lived, his career, and the priceless legacy he left behind for his fans to remember him by. Includes full listings of all 60 of Joey's films, including music videos.WARNING: Contains adult content of a sexual nature.

My Own Story: The Uncensored Memoirs of the Celebrity Biographer

My Own Story: The Uncensored Memoirs of the Celebrity Biographer

Author: David Bret Format: eBook Release Date: 12/03/2015

David Bret has spent 30 years writing about the famous, but now dishes the dirt on himself, holding nothing back when discussing the ones he loved, those he did not. Born in France, adopted by a British couple, he suffered physical and mental abuse at the hands of a Machiavellian father, a serial adulterer whose cruelty knew no bounds. Unable to find love at home, he searched for solace in the arms of lovers of both sexes. Initially, these were ordinary men and women. There was a platonic relationship with Peter Sutcliffe, before he became The Yorkshire Ripper. When starting to gain plaudits as a biographer, his intimates became more celebrity orientated. Marlene Dietrich, Dorothy Squires and the French chanteuse, Barbara, took him to their hearts, as did others. In these very candid memoirs, Bret recalls his eccentric family, celebrity friends and lovers, but is unsparing towards the father he got away from only when his mother chose suicide rather than to continue suffering.

Our Annie's Funeral: A Monologue

Our Annie's Funeral: A Monologue

Author: David Bret Format: eBook Release Date: 02/03/2015

A monologue wherein the best-selling biographer David Bret recalls his grandmother's funeral on 4 February 1972, as seen through the eyes of his much-loved Aunty Kate, who had a peculiar way of looking at the world. It was one of the saddest days of Bret's life, yet upon reflection and when recalled by Kate, so unintentionally hilarious. Also featured is a short essay on Bret's grandmother from his forthcoming autobiography, "e;My Own Story: The Uncensored Memoirs of the Celebrity Biographer"e;.

Dante Alfonso, Italian God of the Silent Screen

Dante Alfonso, Italian God of the Silent Screen

Author: David Bret Format: Paperback Release Date: 20/10/2014

Nancy Sphinctergritzel Trilogy: Rudolph Valentino's Moose + Lord Cecil Wilde: Before She Ruined Him + Nancy & Cecil: A Marriage Made In Hell: An Irreverent Spoof About the World's Most Infamous Lush

Nancy Sphinctergritzel Trilogy: Rudolph Valentino's Moose + Lord Cecil Wilde: Before She Ruined Him + Nancy & Cecil: A Marriage Made In Hell: An Irreverent Spoof About the World's Most Infamous Lush

Author: David Bret Format: eBook Release Date: 22/08/2014

Nancy (1904-2010) was the most hated of all Hollywood lushes. The quintessential example of Machiavellian insanity, she moved from one situation to the next, leaving a trail of tears and destruction in the name of her imaginary lover, Valentino. All seven of her husbands predeceased her. Her children were taken into care: with her, Valentino always had to come first. Her life quest was to prove that he had never had sex with men, or with any woman but her. It took her 68 years to write My Life With Rudy, the book she boasted would take the world by storm-minutes for her victims to destroy it. Now, the filthy Nancy saga appears in one volume, from her illegitimate birth to her hilarious death. AUTHOR'S NOTE: This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places and incidents are the product of the author's imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to persons living or dead or to locales is entirely coincidental. WARNING: This story contains adult material of a sexual nature.

Rudolph Valentino's Magic Python! Those Loony One-star On-line Reviews

Rudolph Valentino's Magic Python! Those Loony One-star On-line Reviews

Author: David Bret Format: eBook Release Date: 04/08/2014

David Bret committed the 'carnal sin' of writing 'Valentino: A Dream Of Desire'wherein he stated the actor had been gay. The book remained in the best-sellers for 15 years. Championed by film director, Ken Russell, he lectured on Valentino's sexuality as part of Chicago's Humanities Festival. Radio, television and film appearances followed-as did a blistering smear-campaign against him. All because of Rudy's willy! None of these attacks occurred in the press, but on the Internet within which there is little control. Many are illiterate and unintentionally hilarious; some are homophobic and downright nasty, penned by supporters of rival authors. Far from being detrimental to sales they have an opposite effect. Not one word has been changed, there has been no formatting, and if locations are there it is because these reviewers posted them there! And to balance the equation, included are few nice reviews from the 'unbiased populace'...the redeemers...and some erotic Rudy pictures! WARNING: Adult content!

Yorkist Kings and the Wars of the Roses: Part One: Edward IV

Yorkist Kings and the Wars of the Roses: Part One: Edward IV

Author: David Bret Format: eBook Release Date: 23/07/2014

Edward IV has always been overshadowed by his controversial younger brother Richard III, and is most remembered for his pursuit of pleasure~the archetypal medieval playboy. There was considerably more to him than this. During the first half of his reign he was an astute military tactician who never lost a battle, a courageous, approachable monarch loved by his subjects. The second half of his reign finds him different. With his Treasury solvent having being stretched quelling a decade of civil unrest, and with England's peace marred only by the murky intrigues of his brother Clarence, Edward was free to indulge in his fancies. He lived extravagantly, and though devoted to his queen, Elizabeth Woodville, played the field~there were hundreds of women and at least one male lover. Sadly, he ate himself into an early grave, leaving England to face the most chaotic period in its history thus far. Celebrity biographer David Bret has nurtured a lifelong passion for the Plantagenet kings, and is a fervent Ricardian.

Yorkist Kings and the Wars of the Roses: Part Two: Richard III

Yorkist Kings and the Wars of the Roses: Part Two: Richard III

Author: David Bret Format: eBook Release Date: 23/07/2014

There is renewed interest in Richard III since the discovery of his remains when it was revealed he was not the hunchbacked monster of Tudor myth but a tall, handsome man who suffered from scoliosis of the spine. If the Tudor propagandists perpetrated this myth,what else was made up? Richard remains the most controversial monarch in British history. Edward IV's sudden death plunged England into chaos. As protector of his young sons, they were placed in the Tower and never seen again, setting in motion a mystery which has never been solved. Did Richard kill his nephews, or were they dispatched by the Duke of Buckingham, or by Henry Tudor and mother, Margaret Beaufort? What was the nature of the relationship between Richard and Buckingham? Was he just too trusting of this conniving man, caught out when at his weakest-mourning a brother he had adored? The fact that he has thousands of devoted supporters over 500 years after his death points to the fact that Richard III was more than a king. He was a legend.

George Formby: An Intimate Biography of the Troubled Genius

George Formby: An Intimate Biography of the Troubled Genius

Author: David Bret Format: eBook Release Date: 12/05/2014

In this revised edition of the work which topped the best-sellers in 1999 David Bret draws on exclusive interviews with those who knew him., incorporating a wealth of previously unobtainable source material to tell the real story of a troubled genius whose every move was directed by his domineering wife, Beryl~a fearsome entrepreneur without whose Svengali presence Formby would have never made the big time. In this sincere biography, Bret discloses the secret love affairs of both George and Beryl, their stance against apartheid which saw them ejected from South Africa, the collapse of their marriage, and the squabble over their fortune by rapacious relatives. Bret also examines the Formbys' courage and dedication to charity work, particularly during World War II. With a detailed analysis of Formby's films, stage plays and recording work, this controversial biography reveals the complex, frequently difficult man who was and remains one of Britain's most popular entertainers.

Darvinz of Zarumna: A Mythological Romance of the Ancient World

Darvinz of Zarumna: A Mythological Romance of the Ancient World

Author: David Bret Format: eBook Release Date: 27/04/2014

Much of the world has been destroyed by the gods. Darvinz, a boy from the Zarumna flatlands-regarded as a freak because of his unusual complexion, is chosen by the God, Koizh, to redeem his race by embarking on a journey to find the lost city of Korazunta. His trials are many. In the Korun Desert he slumbers in the Pool of Ivos and seemingly attains manhood overnight, awakening a powerfully-built six-and-a-half-foot demi-god. Reaching the settlement of Zembora he is told to procreate with the last woman there, Colas, but also falls for Yannis, her beautiful brother. He finds Korazunta, ruled by the evil King Nataam, his double who sentences him to death. He is saved by Amaak, a rebel-leader whose people are held captive here. They become lovers and escape to Amaak's mountain settlement to prepare an insurrection against Nataam-from which point it emerges that Darvinz is the Chosen One, written about in the Sacred Scrolls, and himself a god. WARNING: This story contains adult material of a sexual nature

Freddie Mercury: An Intimate Biography

Freddie Mercury: An Intimate Biography

Author: David Bret Format: eBook Release Date: 05/04/2014

For over twenty years, Freddie Mercury reigned supreme as the frontman and leading light of one of the biggest, most exciting and best-selling bands in British musical history. From their debut in 1973 to the release of their final studio album in 1991, the year of Freddie's death, Queen charted forty-one Top 40 singles, including three Number Ones. Throughout this hugely successful time there was Freddie Mercury: extrovert, flamboyant, wowing each successive audience with his superb vocals and his unique showmanship. Based on exclusive interviews with his close friends, fellow musicians and lovers, best-selling author David Bret traces the spectacular life of this rock icon, from his obscure youth in a remote part of India to his final, courageous battle against AIDS~the terrible disease that robbed the world of one of its greatest stars.

Brit Girls of the Sixties Volume One: Dusty Springfield & Helen Shapiro

Brit Girls of the Sixties Volume One: Dusty Springfield & Helen Shapiro

Author: David Bret Format: eBook Release Date: 01/04/2014

The creator of the unique style known as 'blue-eyed soul', Dusty Springfield was instrumental in introducing Motown to Britain, and for several years reigned supreme on both sides of the Atlantic. Her voice~flute-like, smoky and sensual, frequently in the space of the same song~was similarly unique. Over a decade after her death, she remains a show business legend~yet she also remains an enigma, a completely self-fabricated, difficult yet strangely vulnerable woman who allowed few access to her complex, in turns exhuberant and neurotic world where at times there was little difference between reality and make-believe. HELEN SHAPIRO: The teenage sensation whose commercial career ended as the other Brit Girls were coming into their own, though she went on to be a fine, successful jazz-singer. Contains full 1960s UK and European vinyl discographies.

Brit Girls of the Sixties Volume Two: Marianne Faithfull & Kathy Kirby

Brit Girls of the Sixties Volume Two: Marianne Faithfull & Kathy Kirby

Author: David Bret Format: eBook Release Date: 26/03/2014

The daughter of a British wartime spy and an Austro-Hungarian baroness, Marianne Faithfull epitomised the perfect English rose~immaculate bone structure, long blonde hair, angelic features and a cut-glass accent. An icon of the Sixties, she is remembered less for the beautiful songs she performed back then than she is for infiltrating the Rolling Stones' court and becoming consort to the Prince of Pop himself, Mick Jagger. Her subsequent fall from grace made world headlines, yet in the face of the harshest adversity she dragged herself out of the mire to become one of the most respected, adored, and profoundly talented entertainers to have ever graced the world stage. A living legend, Marianne Faithfull may well be the finest and most distinguished female singer in Britain today. KATHY KIRBY: Britain's glamorous answer to Marilyn Monroe-a phenomenally talented but tetchy individual for whom there was no such thing as a bad take. Contains full UK & European 60s vinyl discographies.

Our Gracie: The Gracie Fields Story: A Two Act Play

Our Gracie: The Gracie Fields Story: A Two Act Play

Author: David Bret Format: eBook Release Date: 25/03/2014

One of the world's highest-paid entertainers, Gracie Fields cut hundreds of recordings, starred in a series of optimistically-titled films whose scenarios reflected the spirit of the Depression, and never lost her popularity. Her personal and professional life was plagued by controversy, media prejudice and tragedy. She married three times. Then there were the lovers, a mixture of painters, actors and soldiers. The action of this play takes place in London during the 1960s, when Gracie is preparing for another appearance on the Royal Performance and suffering professional and personal crises. The arrival of pop has part convinced her that her kind of music has gone out of fashion. Then come two blasts from the past: Irene, the stepdaughter who accompanied her around the world when she was the biggest draw in Britain-and Ted, her fighter pilot lover who swept her off her feet during the war. The play ends with Gracie regaining her confidence and entertaining a new audience with the songs which made her famous.

Mistinguett: A Two Act Musical Play

Mistinguett: A Two Act Musical Play

Author: David Bret Format: eBook Release Date: 25/03/2014

At eighteen, Jeanne Bourgeois was an 'added attraction' at the Eldorado: ten years later, as Mistinguett, she was the toast of Paris. During a career spanning sixty years, her temper and meanness became almost as famous as her panache of plumes, exotic costumes and a clutch of songs delivered in her quaint, inimitable style. Her love affairs with the famous ~ mostly with men many years her junior ~ made her infamous. The one with Maurice Chevalier made them the most renowned couple in Paris, but by her own admission the great love of her life was with the bisexual American dancer, Harry Pilcer, who shares centre-stage with her in this play. Colleagues and lovers alike were terrified of her, yet for her fans she could do no wrong. She was also the heroine of two world wars: as such when she died in 1956, she was laid in state at the Madeleine. David Bret's play contains her theme tune, 'Mon homme', along with his English adaptations of other famous Miss and Pilcer songs. There is some strong language.

Our George: The George Formby Story: Play in 2 Acts + 'Our Annie's Funeral', A Monologue

Our George: The George Formby Story: Play in 2 Acts + 'Our Annie's Funeral', A Monologue

Author: David Bret Format: eBook Release Date: 24/03/2014

'Our George' is based on David Bret's controversial, best-selling biography, 'George Formby: A Troubled Genius'. It presents the no-holds-barred story of the legendary British entertainer George Formby, he of the toothy grin, ukulele, and risque but catchy songs, a man whose life was dominated firstly by a cantankerous, copiously vulgar mother, then by grasping siblings and a frequently overbearing and domineering wife, yet without whose nagging and shrewd business sense he would never have made it to the top. The play presents George Formby as an equally difficult but loving, womanising troubled genius, a man with an innate charisma who suffered for his art, and who only found true love when it was too late. OUR ANNIE'S FUNERAL is David Bret's humorous take on his grandmother's funeral, as seen through the eyes of her odd-bod sister, Kate.

Valentino's Affairs: A Two-Act Play

Valentino's Affairs: A Two-Act Play

Author: David Bret Format: eBook Release Date: 24/03/2014

In a career spanning barely seven years and just seven major films, Rudolph Valentino's name became synonymous with Latin passion. When his image flickered onto the screen, fans of both sexes swooned. In this play one sees the real Valentino. Here was a man who seemed to enjoy being dominated by his rapacious lesbian wives~a man blatantly extroverted, yet who was naively unaware that the manager he trusted implicitely had but a single goal, to manipulate him and take charge of his fortune for his own aims. And finally there is the warm, sensitive, charismatic, happy-go-lucky Rudy, a man with a biting, off-beat sense of humour, who when in the company of his male friends and lovers, could let himself go and truly be himself. David Bret is one of Britain's leading showbusiness biographers. He has published two biographies of 'The World's Greatest Lover': 'Valentino, A Dream of Desire'(1998) and 'Rudolph Valentino: Lovers, Friends & Foes'(2013). WARNING: this play contains strong language.

Chanson: A Two-Act Play (A Story of Forbidden Love Set During the German Occupation of Paris)

Chanson: A Two-Act Play (A Story of Forbidden Love Set During the German Occupation of Paris)

Author: David Bret Format: eBook Release Date: 24/03/2014

The French singer, Marcel~brooding, mysterious and from the wrong side of the tracks, arrived in Paris in 1934 and was discovered singing in the streets by Gerard,the city's most prominent impresario. When the play opens it is 1944. Paris is under the Nazi jackboot and Marcel is star attraction at Levalle's, the most fashionable nightclub in Paris. When Gerard is murdered, Marcel's life falls apart. He ends his relationship with his girlfriend, and his mistress can no longer see him because her husband is home on leave. While trudging the streets late at night, drunk and disorientated after curfew, he is picked up by Jurgen, a young German lieutenant who has worshipped him from afar. Initially, their relationship is platonic. As time passes,a deep bond develops between the two as Marcel fights his demons to rebuild his shattered career~while the Liberation approaches, bringing triumph and tragedy in equal measure. David Bret is a leading authority on the French music-hall. WARNING:contains strong language.

Piaf We Loved: A Two-Act Play

Piaf We Loved: A Two-Act Play

Author: David Bret Format: eBook Release Date: 24/03/2014

David Bret is an authority of the chanson and has written two best-selling books about Edith Piaf. This play is set in October 1963, just after her death. Pierre is the rough-and-ready owner of the Mimosa Club, a downbeat Parisian gay bar. Paul is his much younger female impersonator lover. Both have had love affairs with Piaf: Pierre in 1936 when she was starting out, Paul in the 1950s when she was at the height of her fame. Now it's a time for reflection, marred by the arrival of Fabienne, Paul's snooty mother who disapproves of his lifestyle and does not get along with the vulgar but loveable Pierre. The action alternates between Fabienne's visit and events of the past~Pierre's first meeting with Piaf~her launching of Paul's career which he has held in check because of his attachment to the man who took him in~and which now sees him sacrificing the great love of his life, as Piaf did so often. There are eleven Piaf songs adapted into English by the author. WARNING: contains strong language.

Brit Girls of the Sixties: Kathy Kirby + Dusty Springfield + Cilla Black + Helen Shapiro + Marianne Faithfull + Sandie Shaw + Lulu

Brit Girls of the Sixties: Kathy Kirby + Dusty Springfield + Cilla Black + Helen Shapiro + Marianne Faithfull + Sandie Shaw + Lulu

Author: David Bret Format: eBook Release Date: 24/03/2014

For the first time in a massive, single 133,000-word volume!KATHY KIRBY: Britain's answer to Marilyn Monroe, for whom there was no such thing as a bad take. DUSTY SPRINGFIELD: The enigmatic, much-missed creator of the unique style known as "e;blue-eyed soul"e;. CILLA BLACK: The only important female singer to emerge from the "e;Mersey Sound"e;, whose speciality was powerhouse ballads with which she was unrivalled. HELEN SHAPIRO: The teenage sensation whose commercial career ended as the other Brit Girls were coming into their own. MARIANNE FAITHFULL: The most enigmatic of the Brit Girls, no less popular today than back then, one of the world's most prestigious entertainers. SANDIE SHAW: The "e;Barefoot Princess"e; and one of the decade's most alluring images. LULU: The wee Scottish lassie with the voice which could demolish a skyscraper-the only Brit Girl to top the US chart. Best-selling biographer David Bret tells their story with affection, honesty and compassion.

Our Gracie: The Gracie Fields Story: A Two-Act Play

Our Gracie: The Gracie Fields Story: A Two-Act Play

Author: David Bret Format: eBook Release Date: 24/03/2014

One of the world's highest-paid entertainers, Gracie Fields cut hundreds of recordings, starred in a series of optimistically-titled films whose scenarios reflected the spirit of the Depression, and never lost her popularity. Her personal and professional life was plagued by controversy, media prejudice and tragedy. She married three times. Then there were the lovers, a mixture of painters, actors and soldiers. The action of this play takes place in London during the 1960s, when Gracie is preparing for another appearance on the Royal Performance and suffering professional and personal crises. The arrival of pop has part convinced her that her kind of music has gone out of fashion. Then come two blasts from the past: Irene, the stepdaughter who accompanied her around the world when she was the biggest draw in Britain-and Ted, her fighter pilot lover who swept her off her feet during the war. The play ends with Gracie regaining her confidence and entertaining a new audience with the songs which made her famous.

John Dynham Of Nutwell

John Dynham Of Nutwell

Author: David Bret Format: eBook Release Date: 18/07/2013

The first in a four-part saga chronicling the Wars of the Roses, as seen through the eyes of a Devonshire lord, his family and friends. Dynham (1433-1501) rose from obscurity to become a key figure in the bloody Yorkist-Lancastrian struggle for supremacy. Twice-married but openly gay in his private circle, he survived the harsh reigns of three very different kings: Edward IV, Richard III and Henry VII. His story is one of compelling interest-sex, politics, tragedy and intrigue-and is vividly recounted here in David Bret's inimitable, no-holds-barred style. David Bret is one of Britain's leading celebrity biographers.

Chanson

Chanson

Author: David Bret Format: Paperback Release Date: 10/06/2013

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