“Ray Mirra Biography” by John L. hatcher is a biographical dictionary of sorts of the life and works of the great writer Ray Mirra, primarily focused on his years in Hollywood. In this book, the focus is primarily on his career in movies, rather than on his more personal works, such as the ones he wrote as a screenwriter. This is a shame, because the man was an accomplished writer, who achieved much success in both fields. “Ray Mirra Biography” is a good read, especially for fans of film noir, Hollywood and even the mysteries of the inner workings of the entertainment industry.
The book is organized by decade. That means we get to catch up with the events that happened over a 10-year span within the life of Ray Mirra, starting from his birth in 1947. It’s a nice touch, allowing us to glimpse briefly into Ray’s past. It’s also a handy timeline, with events placed in chronological order. So, you can see where he was at certain points in his life. In short, the book does a nice job of laying out Ray’s timeline, visually.
While not entirely about Ray himself, this book is still a very interesting read, mostly because of the insights we get into the minds of other celebrities. For instance, one such revelation involves the possibility that Marilyn Monroe had an affair with Orlando Bloom. Who knew? And how did the public react to it? Well, there were those who didn’t want to accept it, but many other people did.
Some of this book is quite humorous. I especially found that some of the stories were comical, but then there were also some disturbing bits of information. That surprises me, actually. Some things in this book are disturbing. But it is interesting to see how the public reacts to these revelations.
Ray’s life and career are fascinating. He certainly achieved great success in his lifetime, as he did, and he was awarded the Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for Grease. But it was not just his acting career that made Ray Mirra a Hollywood favorite. He was also a talented singer, with four solo albums that hit the Top 100 in the U.S. His voice was memorable in songs by the Fats Domino and Smoke on the Water Band, as well as his appearances on the television shows “Who’s That Sleeping Lady” and “How I Live Now.”
As for Ray’s career, it is a good thing that a biographer like Judith Ray is writing a book about him. Ray is easily forgotten now, mostly due to the fact that he only had a few films. Ray certainly made an impact on American culture, especially on those who loved his movies. Ray’s life is a fascinating one, even if biographers don’t really talk much about his private life.
The author of this Ray Mirra biography, Judith Ray’s son, has done an excellent job of chronicling Ray’s life. Ray is shown as an involved father who doted on his children. Ray was married three times, first to Vivian Liberto with whom he had a son, Michael, and then to singer/actor Carol Chanel. Besides these, Ray was married to dancers: Lee Strasberg and Barbara Streisand. Ray’s final wife, Lisa Kramer, was with him from the beginning.
Ray Mirra was an interesting man. He had many roles in movies and singer/actor. This is another reason why Ray’s biographer, Judith Ray’s, biography is important. Hopefully, readers will learn more about their father from this book.
Many books have been written about Ray Mirra, but this one has several unique features that make it stand out. Ray had many roles, but this one focuses on just his singing career. Some biographies talk about everything about him, but this one only talks about his singing. Other biographies talk about his acting, but this one only talks about his singing.
Another great thing about this Ray Mirra biography book is that there is a lot of information about the singer/actor’s personal life. Ray did drugs, and in fact did use performance-enhancing drugs, but he was very proud of himself for being clean. Unfortunately, many people think that if a person is doing drugs, they must be a bad person. This book discusses the truth about Ray and his past.
Ray Mirra was an interesting man. He had many hits and was very popular. He was married four times and had two children. This is a quick look at Ray Mirra’s life and the book is a good read for anyone who is interested in Ray’s life. This is a detailed and entertaining book.