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Roman Candle: The Life of Bobby Darin
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Bobby Darin, as a performer, rivaled Sinatra. Energizing the early rock-and-roll scene, Bobby then became a top-draw nightclub act. Chronic illness dogged him from childhood, setting the tone of urgency that inspired a career full of dizzying twists and turns: from teen idol to Vegas song-and-dance man, and from hipster to folkie and back. Based on extensive interviews with those who knew Bobby, this book tracks his meteoric rise from dire poverty as the grandson of a low-level mobster to his well-earned place in the showbiz pantheon. David Evanier probes the dark side of a celebrated marriage to America's sweetheart, Sandra Dee, as well as the incredible family secret that affected Bobby to the end.
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