On Borrowed Fame: Money, Mysteries, and Corruption in the Entertainment World
This meticulously researched book explores the concept of fame in all its fleeting glory and confounding inconsistency. Why do so many entertainers do so much better financially than peers who have comparable resumes? Author Donald Jeffries also examines a subject he is quite familiar with; the myriad of unnatural deaths which have plagued the entertainment industry since the dawn of Hollywood. The deaths of John Lennon, Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe, Natalie Wood, and many others are scrutinized in exacting detail. Jeffries communicated with many older entertainers during the course of researching the book, and their perspectives are included here. On Borrowed Fame will be of great interest to fans, celebrities, and anyone with even a cursory affinity for the world of show business.
If you’re anything like me, and have a hard time not looking at the car crash as you drive by: You will love this book. I’m dyslexic and have difficulty reading but found it even more difficult stopping. The book showed me how very lucky I’ve been, pursuing my passions; Acting, Class A Speedway Racing and Inventing.
– Billy Gray, Father Knows Best, The Day the Earth Stood Still
Donald Jeffries’ On Borrowed Fame is indeed a revelatory and painful experience. It paints the big picture of the price of Fame in Hollywood. One that mercilessly illustrates through fact and story the real price paid by many of my colleagues and myself. Fame is not a blessing, it’s a curse. This book is a witness to the carnage and horrible truth of the matter. Fame is not what it appears to be on the outside. Fame is a glamorous car wreck. Fame sucks. This is an important book that tells us all as fellow human beings that attention must be paid.
Softcover, 488 pages