UPDATE: The option on my Lupe Velez bio has now expired. Unfortunately, movie projects come and go all the time, and this appears to be one of those times. This means my bio (see cover pic below) is now available for option, as are any of my books. If interested, please contact me at > email@example.com
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As you all know, I spent three years of my life (full time) researching and writing about the life, career and death of Lupe Velez. Unraveling the myths and lies was like navigating a spider web. It was an exhausting process.
Anyway, I was shown this supposed “suicide scene” photo a couple of months back and I told the people who wrote me that it was not Lupe. I knew it as soon as I saw it. At the time, all I saw was the face. In the Huffington Post article below, the entire photo is now published. Well, it wasn’t her on the close up and it’s NOT her on the long shot either.
Aside from this woman not being Mexican, her legs are far too long and too heavy to be Lupe Velez. Her feet are also too big. Even though she’s lying on the floor, you can easily tell that this woman is taller than five feet. Lupe was wearing the handmade nail ring when she died. Where is it on this woman?
Lupe took the Seconal and went to bed. Did she wear her shoes to bed, or did she get out of bed, put on her heels and then collapse and die? This woman is wearing heels! She was never in bed!
Additionally, the feet are upright in this photo, a conscious choice from anyone who is alive and lying on their backs, but not the way feet “sit” once someone has died. They would be splayed to either side, not stiff and side-by-side in an upright position, and in slip on shoes that are perfectly sitting on her feet.
I don’t care what facial recognition process has been done to supposedly “authenticate” this photo, it’s wrong, and it’s just as damaging as Kenneth Anger’s Hollywood Babylon trash. Yet another myth has been created…and for what? To sell a book, of course!
With my upcoming Lupe Velez bio just months away from publication, I am seeking a literary agent who deals in foreign rights. I’m particularly interested in a Spanish translation.
If you can help, please contact me at – firstname.lastname@example.org
Here is the first extensive, full-length biography and career record on the life and work of Mexican whirlwind Lupe Velez (1908-1944). Over the years many crude myths have surfaced about Velez, the most notorious that she “died with her head in the toilet.” This biography not only studies Lupe’s personal life and career–including her tempestuous marriage to Johnny Weissmuller–but also examines her death in detail. It has been almost seven decades since her untimely end; at long last, the ugly rumors and myths are debunked–for good.
Included are never-before-told family stories and photographs from Lupe’s second cousin, and an analysis of the actress’s lasting influence on popular culture. The foreword by Oscar-winning film historian Kevin Brownlow focuses on the fact and fancy behind Lupe Velez’s colorful public image.
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A few days ago I posted a bit of a tease about my latest book project.
While my Lupe Velez book is still in the production stages, I await proofs and must compile an index before publication. There’s still several months work to do before my Lupe Velez biography will be available for sale. That said, pre orders are now being taken via Amazon and my publisher, McFarland.
Now, back to my latest project.
Next year (2012) will be the 50th anniversary of the death of Marilyn Monroe. Hard to believe she’s been gone that long! Despite dying a decade before I was born, I think many people would agree that there’s something about Marilyn Monroe that holds a mystical fascination.
Was it her roller coaster life? Her acting? Her beauty? Her mysterious death?
Whatever it is, and it’s most probably a combination of all of the above, with each new generation her legacy seems to strengthen each and every year. While hundreds of books have been written about Marilyn Monroe over the years, there isn’t a comprehensive guide to her films currently in print. And, that’s where I come in.
Drum roll…my newest book project is…
“The Films of Marilyn Monroe”
The book will primarily concentrate on her career. The scandal and drama-filled areas of her life will be left to the various other authors who care to explore those aspects of her life. In my opinion, her life has been analyzed to death and I don’t want to go there, at least not in great detail. My book will be a study of her work.
I have a number of fantastic sources who are already uncovering contemporary information about the production side of each of her films, I’ll also include cast and crew lists, behind the scenes info, a number of reviews and a synopsis for each film. I would like to format it so that each film has its own chapter. An easy-to-read guide, starting from her earliest release first.
If anyone reading this post has worked with Marilyn Monroe, I would love to hear from you. First hand accounts are very important, however, this far down the line, they’re not easy to come across.
I can be contacted directly at – firstname.lastname@example.org.
*A tentative release date of January 30th, 2012 has been set!
I’m really excited to announce that my book, Lupe Velez: The Life and Career of Hollywood’s “Mexican Spitfire” is now available for pre order via my publisher (McFarland). The release date is set for Spring/Summer 2012 and the cover price is $45 (softcover).
About the Book:
Here is the first extensive, full-length biography and career record on the life and work of Mexican whirlwind Lupe Velez (1908-1944). Over the years many crude myths have surfaced about Velez, the most notorious that she “died with her head in the toilet.” This biography not only studies Lupe’s personal life and career–including her tempestuous marriage to Johnny Weissmuller–but also examines her death in detail. It has been almost seven decades since her untimely end; at long last, the ugly rumors and myths are debunked–for good. Included are never-before-told family stories and photographs from Lupe’s second cousin, and an analysis of the actress’s lasting influence on popular culture. The foreword by Oscar-winning film historian Kevin Brownlow focuses on the fact and fancy behind Lupe Velez’s colorful public image.
See link below to order your copy.
Posted below: A wonderful photo of (l to r) Marion Martin, Leon Errol and Lupe Vélez, from the ever popular Mexican Spitfire series.
Marion Martin appeared in THREE of the films, one in 1941 (Mexican Spitfire’s Baby) and the other two in 1942 (Mexican Spitfire at Sea and Mexican Spitfire’s Elephant). She played different characters (Fifi and Diana) in two of the three installments.
Typically, her career followed the “dumb-blonde” and/or “loose woman” path, yet off screen she was an intelligent, relatively conservative, reserved lady. Though her Hollywood career (mostly B-films) ended in the early-fifties, she went on to happily marry and she threw herself into a variety of charitable causes.
Marion Martin died on August 13, 1985. She was 76 years old.