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Title:
Johnnie Ray and Miss Kilgallen
Author:
Hill, Bonnie Hearn, 1945-
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Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
Dallas, Tex. : Durban House, [2002]

©2002
Physical Description:
260 pages ; 23 cm
Summary:
A novel based on the real-life love affair of 1950s singer Johnnie Ray and columnist Dorothy Kilgallen.
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9781930754195
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Based on the real-life love affair of 1950s singer johnnie Ray and columnist Dorothy Kilgallen. He was the world's biggest singing star. She was the most renowned female journalist of her time. They had fame, power, money, connections. The last thing they needed was love.


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A roman aclef about the alleged affair between '50s pop star Johnnie Ray and What's My Line? panelist Dorothy Kilgallen? It's hard to imagine a more unlikely premise, but the novel works surprisingly well, both as a noir thriller and as an erotic love story. (It probably helps if you don't remember what Kilgallen looked like.) The story begins with Ray's appearance as the mystery guest on What's My Line? in 1956; guest and panelist feel an immediate attraction for one another and begin the affair that lasts well into the '60s, despite the presence of Kilgallen's husband, radio personality Dick Kollmar. Paralleling the love affair are the stories of Ray's struggle to be recognized as a legitimate jazz singer (rather than the affected crooner of tear-jerking ballads) and Kilgallen's similar effort to reclaim her reputation as a serious journalist (which leads to her obsession with the Kennedy assassination). Her sudden death is still thought by many to be part of the Oswald-Ruby cover-up. The authors bring all of these elements together effectively, creating a moody, gin-soaked ode to nightlife and star-crossed lovers. --Bill Ott