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Mike Connolly (columnist)

Mike Connolly
Born 1914
Died November 18, 1966(1966-11-18)
Occupation American magazine reporter
Known for Hollywood columnist

Mike Connolly (1914 – November 18, 1966) was an American magazine reporter and primarily a Hollywood columnist.

Contents

  • Early life and education 1
  • Career 2
  • Personal life 3
    • Death 3.1
  • Biography 4
  • See also 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Early life and education

A native of Chicago, Illinois, he attended the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, where, in 1937 and 1938, he was the city editor of the Daily Illini, the independent student-run newspaper.

Career

From 1951 to 1966, Connolly was a gossip columnist for The Hollywood Reporter, a daily entertainment newspaper dealing with film and television productions, located in Los Angeles, California.

The screenplay for the biographical film I'll Cry Tomorrow (1955) was based on the autobiography of the same name by actress Lillian Roth, that was written in collaboration with Connolly and Gerold Frank.

He was described by Newsweek as "probably the most influential columnist inside the movie colony," the one writer "who gets the pick of trade items, the industry rumors, the policy and casting switches." Indeed, he was a witness to and participant in more than a decade of sometimes tumultuous Hollywood history, and he was privy to most of Hollywood's secrets during those years.

Actress and writer Shirley MacLaine devoted several pages in her first memoir, Don't Fall Off the Mountain (1970), to an incident in which she had marched into the offices of The Hollywood Reporter and punched Connolly in the mouth.[1] She was angry about what he had said about her career in his column. The incident garnered a headline on the cover of the New York Post in June 1963.

Personal life

Connolly was also known for his 1937–38 crusade against prostitution in Champaign, Illinois, and later for his battle against communism in Hollywood. According to his biographer, Val Holley, these campaigns were attempts by Connolly, who was a homosexual, to feel part of the mainstream. His sexual orientation was not made public until thirty-seven years after his death.

Death

He died from a kidney malfunction following open-heart surgery on November 18, 1966.[2]

Biography

Holley, Val (2003). Mike Connolly and the Manly Art of Hollywood Gossip. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company. ISBN 978-0-7864-1552-6.

See also

References

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  2. ^ "Mike Connolly, 52, Screen Columnist".  

External links

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