Author Margaux Soumoy’s “Drop The Baby, Put A Veil On The Broad: Marisa Pavan’s Story” is a superb, extraordinary biography of a great star as well as a cynical, unvarnished look at Hollywood’s waning golden years in the 1950’s.
The author not only did extensive, personal interviews with Marisa Pavan herself as they walked through her film, TV career, and personal life, but also her co-stars and co-workers including Robert Wagner, Audrey Dalton, Steve Hayes, Burt Reynolds, and film director Ralph Senensky. Pavan’s family (her twin sister was tragic MGM star Pier Angeli), and her children with her late husband, suave French International film star Jean-Pierre Aumont, also contribute valuable insights to the book.
Marisa Pavan is sincere and honest while admitting mistakes that adversely affected her Hollywood career and personal life.
The readers will find this book impossible to put down because author Margaret Soumoy has the exquisite gift of putting us in the same room with Marisa Pavan as she tells her incredible life journey of her growing up in Italy, through the dark days of World War Two, Hollywood’s tinseltown, television’s golden age, with personal tragedies and triumphs every step of the way.
Ralph Schiller is the author of The Complete Films of Broderick Crawford (2016) and Broderick Crawford Starring in Highway Patrol (co-written with Gary Goltz in 2019).