When Universal Studios producer David Begelman needed a new swimming pool for his house, he forged some checks payable to actor Cliff Robertson. When the IRS came after Robertson for not declaring this income, he quickly realized that he was the victim of fraud. However, when Cliff Robertson went to the media and told his story, the Hollywood Old Guard quickly closed ranks to protect Begelman. This gripping true-life story gives you an insight as to the way Hollywood works. The Old Guard can be mean and vindictive and can destroy a career with one phone call. Actor Cliff Robertson was blacklisted and did not make any movies for several years after this incident. If you've ever wondered just how Tinseltown works, this book will give you all the information you need.
This book gives details of David Begelman the head man at Columbia Pictures getting caught forging Cliff Robertson's name on a check. Robertson had won an Oscar for his role in Charly. As a result of Begelman getting caught Roberetson would suffer mightily at the hands of the powerful in Hollywood.Cliff Robertson wound up being blacklisted as a result of this scandal.This scandal would send shockwaves from Hollywood to Wall Street.You are given a complete coverage of this event in this excellent book.You are given good coverage of some of the individuals who were involved in this scandal.David Begelman's demise is also given coverage in this book.This is an excellent book on this event. Read it. You will not be dissapointed.
David Begelman, powerful head of a studio thinks he is above the law, until an actor by the name of Cliff Robertson exposes him. This book is a well written tale of immorality in a town known for it's lack of scruples. Hollywood insiders should not be surprised at this tale, but I was. The check Begelman forged was for a small amount. The man made more than that in a month. The book exposes the reasons why a man who had it all, would choose to commit such a crime and fall from grace. I was quite disappointed by Robertson's treatment by Hollywood's hierarchy when he was the victim, not Begelman. But it proves just how far studios will go to protect the bottom line. I read this book when it was first published years ago and I'm reading it again. The list of books I will read more than once is a short one. I highly recommend it.