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Review: ‘Joseph P. Kennedy Presents…’

Sunday, February 15th, 2009


Joseph P. Kennedy Presents: His Hollywood Years


Joseph P. Kennedy Presents...


By Cari Beauchamp

(Knopf: 506 pages; $35)


By Martin Rubin
San Francisco Chronicle
February 15, 2009


You can’t beat the Kennedy dynasty when it comes to enduring fascination. The Bush clan might have pulled ahead of them by putting two presidents into the White House. But even during inauguration week, when you might have thought all eyes would be on the Obama family, up popped not one but two Kennedys (Edward and Caroline) to grab some of the spotlight.


And when it comes to progenitors, how can the worthy Sen. Prescott Bush compete with Joseph P. Kennedy: tycoon, bootlegger extraordinaire, ambassador to the Court of St. James’s and world-class philanderer? Now, along comes this immensely detailed and equally immensely enjoyable book to tell us that he was a player in the film business as well:


“This is the man who took Hollywood by storm, at one point running four companies simultaneously when no one before or since ran more than one. … He was the architect of the mergers that laid the groundwork for today’s Hollywood. While he might be surprised to find that United Artists, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, and Columbia are now all partially owned by the same multinational conglomerate, he was the one who designed that very blueprint. Kennedy was the first financier to simply buy a studio.”    (Click on ‘Continue Reading’ for more)