Author Harold Robbins

Harold Robbins
Harold Robbins - American author credited with popularizing a salacious style of paperback fiction involving movie stars and glamorized criminals
  • He wrote over 25 best selling novels.
  • Robbins was born in New York City on May 21, 1916 as Harold Francis Rubin.
  • He was known to invent wild tales about his life, which were rarely checked by journalists. One claim was that he was a Jewish orphan raised in a Catholic boys’ home.
  • In reality, Robbins was was raised by his Jewish parents with three half-siblings.
  • His father was a pharmacist. His birth mother died soon after his birth.
  • Robbins claimed to have dropped out of school in the late 1920’s. However, he graduated in 1934 and worked in the food service industry,
  • Including grocery stores.
    Around 1940, he started as a clerk at Universal Pictures, and worked his way up to become budget director.
  • Robbins’ first book was “Never Love a Stranger” in 1948, written while working at the studio.
  • For his novels, he blended his own life experiences with history, melodrama, sex, and glossy high society.
  • The 1952 novel “A Stone for Danny Fisher” was adapted into the 1958 film called “King Creole” and starred Elvis Presley.
    “The Carpetbaggers” (1961) was loosely based on Howard Hughes and Jean Harlow, and was typical of his blend of sex, crime, and vulgarity.
  • Profits from “The Carpetbaggers” – of which millions of copies were sold – allowed Robbins to spend lavishly on the lifestyle he depicted in his novels.
  • He suffered from a stroke in 1982, then a seizure in 1985 that resulted in relying on a wheelchair.
  • Robbins was married three times, and his last wife helped him rally through his pain and illness to publish several more novels in the 1990’s.
  • After his death on October 14, 1997, several new books of his have been published by ghost writers.
  • He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
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