Nevada Smith

•October 19, 2010 • Leave a Comment

I heard a new story about the movie, “Nevada Smith” this weekend on Turner Classic Movies. They said that Nevada Smith was made before “The Carpetbaggers” and held back by Joseph E. Levine who made The Carpetbaggers movie with George Peppard and Caroll Baker. Is this how history gets re-written. Harold told a different story that I blogged about earlier. “Nevada Smith” was made after “The Carpetbaggers” and Steve McQueen, played the lead since he had turned down the Jonas Cord role earlier. It was Harold’s favorite movie and it is still a great movie today; McQueen was a great actor. Turner Classic Movies, blog me and I’ll give you the HR data, from the horse’s mouth.

Helmut Newton at high noon!

•October 18, 2010 • 1 Comment

In the middle 90’s, world-famous photographer, Helmut Newton came to Palm Springs, California to photograph me and Harold for an article being written by Ian Parker for The New Yorker Magazine. Helmut was an extraordinary man who had (a la Robbins style) changed the world of photography and Harold Robbins in the world of writing and publishing had changed that world. Both men were genius. The night before the shoot we had a dinner celebrating Helmut and June and invited several friends, including Arthur Coleman, who was a premiere photographer, his 13 year old daughter who was drop-dead gorgeous at the time with red hair and a milky complexion, Mike and Bob Pollock (producers of Dynasty and General Hospital), the handsome and charming, Gene and Betty Barry, and some friends from Monte Carlo who were visiting us at the time. Helmut and Harold were having a great time trying to persuade Arthur Coleman to let his daughter go to Paris and become a model. “She was a natural,” insisted both men who did know the beauty of women and a photographer’s dream.

As Helmut sat next to me, chatting at dinner I noticed him watching me, almost scrutinizing my expressions, never saying a word about the look he wanted for the next day. I had studied his work and I knew it wouldn’t be anything mundane and as it turned out it wasn’t. As he left that evening, his only comment was that he wanted “heavy eye make-up”. The following day in the high-noon sunlight of the desert, he would not allow us to see any of the test shots. I should have known, he was creating his own story. Anyway, it was the master’s work, but not one that I would say was beautiful, however it was unique. It told a story about the drama of age difference, harsh realities, and life under the microscope..almost a hooker and the old man shot. Many different shots from that photo shoot were publicized from The Sunday Telegraph Magazine in London to The New Yorker Magazine. A year later, the photograph was included in the Helmut Newton Sumo Book, (the world’s most expensive book, $10,000 in it’s first printing and has only gone up).

“To live in the hearts we leave behind is not to die.” ~ A Stone for Danny Fisher by Harold Robbins

•October 14, 2010 • Leave a Comment

A Celebration of Life

•October 14, 2010 • Leave a Comment

May 21, 1916 - October 14, 1997


What a great life Harold Robbins lived and loved. It shows in his books and in his day to day living. He went through good times, bad times, but never “in-between” times. He never experienced mediocrity and if he were here at this computer, he would tell all his fans and readers to endure every moment with passion….experience every moment with adventure and most of all don’t let anything get you down!

Harold Robbins continues to move into new worlds. Be a part of his great attitude.

The Mines

•October 13, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Jorge Galleguillos gives a thumbs up after being rescued. via CNN

I was reminded of Harold Robbins, Memories of Another Day as I watched the Chilean miners story this morning. Harold Robbins went deep into the mines of West Virginia doing research for the above mentioned novel. When he would talk about his experience in the Appalachians where he lived for several months, he would tell stories about the past oppression of working in the mines before the unions made sure that safety came first and not greed. Many miners sacrificed their lives. Harold would hear story after story from the relatives of those who had gone before. His in-depth research fueled a story that became Memories of Another Day.

In this novel he included a story line about a father and son, (was the mining story the metaphor for the father son story…or vice versa. You be the judge) who were disconnected and only after the death of “Big Dan” did they come to terms with one another. The opening lines of Memories of Another Day were written from the heart of Harold Robbins:

“The last time I saw my father, he was lying quietly on his back in his coffin, his eyes closed, an unaccustomed blandness on his strang features, his thick white hair and heavy eyebrows neatly brushed. I stood there in the silence of the funeral chapel staring down at him. There was something wrong. All wrong. After a moment, I realized what it was. My father had never slept on his back. Not once in all the years I knew him.”

Every heartfelt detail of Harold Robbins life showed up in his books. Read Memories of Another Day and learn about the man,”Big” Daniel Huggins; his world, his life and his conflicts, and experience how the relationship between he and his son, DJ is finally resolved. A great read that takes you there visually into the heart of darkness in the coal mines of West Virginia.

“The Pirate” by Harold Robbins

•October 11, 2010 • Leave a Comment

 

Book signing 1992

 

Hope everyone is joining in on our contest to give away HR newly published novels. Just list your favorite and that enters you into the contest. My favorite has always been The Pirate! I read it the night before I moved to Los Angeles, never imagining that I would actually meet, work and marry Harold Robbins. Now that is an amazing story unto itself….If you get a chance read Harold & Me to follow this amazing thread in the fabric of life!

The Pirate begins with the birth of a child, and takes us through his life in Saudi Arabia and the sheiks of untold wealth and power from the oil business. But, this book reaches behind the curtain of life and it becomes a story of love and hate. How quickly love can turn to hate and vice-versa. It is a study of the black and whites in relationships which occur in our world today in even greater magnitude from a one on one relationship to our worldwide relationships. Harold Robbins had a grasp of human nature that is unequaled! And he walks us through scenes of how love can survive and thrive.

When he put “two fingers” to a typewrite he spoke to the very soul of our humanity!

The Pirate

Harold Robbins and AARP

•October 6, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Hi everybody….the trip to the AARP convention was great. Signed 100’s of HR books and since I am not the author, I gave each reader a quick story about HR and Never Love A Stranger…the story behind the story. The fans were avid and I hope everyone reading their autographed copies are having a great time.
I met authors who work with Author House during this spectacular event…Bernice and Andy Tate who write children’s books…they had a new one about “bullying” that I plan on reading since it is such a problem in our society today! All of their books are great.
Another author, Brent Green has written several books and has just published Generation Reinvention that should be of interest to every “baby boomer”. He is on the front line working for “boomers” filling the age gap and gender gap to keep us all happily employed, thriving and living large as only we “boomers” can! I loved talking with him and he will soon have a radio show in Colorado. He’s a motivator!
Check out the AuthorHouse.com website for all the exciting new books available.
Most importantly, I love all the new interest in reading books that is mushrooming with the new Kindle, IPad, Sony reader, and Nookd readers. I saw examples of all of them on the flight from LA to Orlando. It’s easy to read and carry. By the way, Delta and American Airlines each provided smooth flights. Thanks to all of you who work in the airline industry!