|Hollywoodland||May 26 2009|
Pulp tabloids expertly mixed falsehood with fact.
This May 1958 cover of Uncensored features the usual dose of innuendo, exaggeration, and pseudo-science, mixed with a few facts. One truthful story here involves Mario Lanza, who did indeed blow five million dollars. He earned about that amount on his 1951 film The Great Caruso, but was bankrupt by 1954. His tendency to spend money frivolously may have contributed to his death. In 1959, already in poor health from a lifetime of overeating and crash diets, he underwent a radical weight loss program known as Twilight Sleep Treatment, which involved being kept immobilized and sedated for prolonged periods. Immediately after finishing the program he suffered a pulmonary embolism and died, aged thirty-eight.