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Merv Griffin: A Life in the Closet Hardcover – May 16 2009

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 525 pages
  • Publisher: Blood Moon Productions; 1 edition (May 16 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0978646509
  • ISBN-13: 978-0978646509
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 3.4 x 23.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 907 g
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #665,851 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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we were given years of tv entertainment from this gentleman and i believe after his passing it should not matter if he chose to remain "private " or let the world know his ………yes ,his private life.
just my opinion .
thanks and have g a good day :)
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Can't imagine that all the "facts" in these pages are gospel, however it does make for a good trashy read if you are in the mood. Only really true and sad thing about Mr Griffin was that he had to lead such a closeted life and be in constant denial.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wealth Can Never Buy Happiness Aug. 17 2016
By ME - Published on
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As wealthy as he was, did Merv Griffin ever feel like being who he was? He was scared that if people found out about his preferences, he would be ostracized and his struggles to become famous would have been for nothing. Different world back then and I'm glad things have changed.
1.0 out of 5 stars garrrrbagge July 30 2016
By warren h. - Published on
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I did not finish this trash. I owned a bookshop and this is the only book I have torn up and tossed away. filled with alleged conversations of the dead.
7 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Merv Griffin: A Life in the Closet Jan. 30 2010
By Diane - Published on
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I think it's a shame that all the people who are in this book cannot comment on their own behalf. Believable maybe some. If all of this bed hopping was going on when did they have time to make movies. But then on the other hand you can say that of today's actors and actresses who jump from bed to bed. Would I recommend this book...NO and I'm not a prude. Just too unbelievable for me to fathom but then again what the heck do I know.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Belongs in the trash with the other garbage. Dec 12 2013
By Mollymae - Published on
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I read the previous reviews so I guess I only have myself to blame. Then again, I thought, perhaps the people who hated it just liked Merv Griffin and didn't like what was written. Well, I have no opinion of the man one way or the other. I vaguely remember him from my childhood and can't say I was impressed on way or the other. I just happen to enjoy biographies. This one is written so poorly, the supposed "dialogue" between him and other actors is so obviously made up, that it is just hard to even stomach. Whole conversations between him and other people like Marlon Brando, Caesar Romero, Judy Garland etc. where it was just him and that person and no one else alive to corroborate anything that was allegedly said. But apparently he knows what was said between them. And the dialogue is awful. No one talks like that. No one has conversations like that. And apparently all these people just go right to the subject of sex whenever they meet Merv. Judy Garland telling him how she preferred another to her then husband because he wouldn't preform cunninglingus on her. Really? This is the topic of conversation? Hi. Let me tell you how much I enjoy oral sex. Please. And it seems that every single man he met, even those who told him they were straight, such as Richard Long, just couldn't help jumping into bed with Merv. I don't know about anyone else, but he's just not that irresistible. And the description of a three way with Merv and Marlon Brando and Brando's then roommate, Wally Cox was nauseating. Totally don't need a description of Wally Cox's member. And if you believe this, apparently not only was Roddy McDowall a homosexual (which he actually was) but he was a promiscuous, sexually aggressive pimp as well, who procured numerous men for Merv as well as others in Hollywood. I honestly couldn't keep reading because it was just so obviously made up. If Merv Griffin actually had the active sex life that this book depicts, he wouldn't have had time to shower and take a pee let alone pursue any kind of career. Even if you just love the "dirt" on celebrities, this book is just too ridiculous to be taken seriously. I had to stop reading. Stupid, just plain stupid. I will never, ever buy another book written by Darwin Porter again. And after perusing the list of things he's written I had realized that I had purchased a book by him quite a while ago, and that one was just as unreadable as this one. I never finished that one either. This man should seriously consider a job cleaning toilets for a living because that's where his mind and his writing and imagination certainly is. So bad it was annoying.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Guilty Reading Pleasure July 23 2009
By Joe Albanese - Published on
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When Merv Griffin was a talk show, it was looked down upon as a "poor man's Johnny Carson". Then, Mr. G.'s name became quite visible at the end of game show programs. Yet, somehow, I never could quite picture him as an interesting person. That is, until I read this book.

If you are looking for historical data or a morale lifting tale, put the book down now. However, if you need something light and full of gossip, how can you resist any book that begins with Merv and includes: Eva Gabor, Erroll Flynn, Tyronne Power, Johnny Weismuller, Ceasar Romero and . . . You get the idea? And then you read that further on, he had an affair with Marilyn Monroe. I didn't want to but I just could not put the book down.

It isn't wise (or very nice) to kiss-and-tell but it does make one dandy guilty pleasure of a read. Mr. Griffin was a complicated and driven person. Unfortunately the author merely notes what he did without linking it to any reason. So, perhaps it is a good thing that this is just an addictive candy that you can not stop eating.

This book makes no pretenses about what its intentions are. The author is not psychoanalyzing Merv; just reciting a litany of his life, career and sexual adventures. So, pull down the shades, get your favorite junk food handy and treat yourself.