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Hollywood Godfather

My Life in the Movies and the Mob
Narrated by: Gianni Russo
Length: 10 hrs and 24 mins
Categories: Arts & Entertainment, Art
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The rollicking adventures of a real-life mobster turned actor who helped make The Godfather a reality.

Gianni Russo was a handsome 25-year-old mobster with no acting experience when he walked onto the set of The Godfather and entered Hollywood history. He played Carlo Rizzi, the husband of Connie Corleone, who set her brother Sonny - played by James Caan - up for a mob hit, which led to one of the most unforgettable moments in cinema. Russo didn't have to act. He knew the mob inside and out: from his childhood in Little Italy, where Mafia legend Frank Costello took him under his wing, acting as messenger for New Orleans mob boss Carlos Marcello during the Kennedy assassination, to being forced on the lam after shooting a member of the Colombian drug cartel in his Vegas club.

Along the way, Russo befriended Frank Sinatra, who became his son's godfather, and Marlon Brando, had passionate affairs with Marilyn Monroe, Liza Minelli, and scores of other stars, all the while walking the tightrope of mob life.

A no-holds-barred roller-coaster ride of life lived on the edge: shocking,  thoroughly entertaining, full of glamour, sex, violence, cheek -  and fun.

©2019 Gianni Russo and Patrick Picciarelli (P)2019 Simon & Schuster

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Must have

Everyones got something to say, this is a book with something for everyone. I'm sure we would all trade our 15min of fame to spend 15min simple talking to Gianni Russo, 10+ hours is an absolute must.

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A Little Embellished But a Good Read (Listen)

Young Gianni, like most in his profession, tends to embellish his life stories, but in all Hollywood Godfather by Gianni is a good read (listen). I actually downloaded Hollywood Godfather in error as there are two books with the same title but do not regret doing so. I listen to it all in 2 days and found it entertaining. Entertaining, Spicy and very Hollywood.....narcissistic, but ........... Also recommended: Hollywood Godfather, The Life, and Crimes of Billy Wilkerson Recommended.

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Unimpressed

This book encouraged me to watch the movie, The Godfather, well i now understand why i haven't been bothered to watch it before now. This book does not seem to have much body to it is all over the place and hard to get interested in.