William J. Mann is best known for his studies of Hollywood and the American film industry, especially Kate: The Woman Who Was Hepburn, named a Notable Book of 2006 by The New York Times, and Hello Gorgeous: Becoming Barbra Streisand, published in 2012. He is also the author of Wisecracker: The Life and Times of William Haines, for which he won the Lambda Literary Award; Behind the Screen: How Gays and Lesbians Shaped Hollywood; Edge of Midnight: The Life of John Schlesinger; and How to Be a Movie Star: Elizabeth Taylor in Hollywood, which Publishers Weekly described as "like gorging on a chocolate sundae." He is also the author of six novels.
Coming in Fall 2014 from HarperCollins: Tinseltown: Madness, Morphine and Murder at the Dawn of the Movies, the story of how the Hollywood studio system and the Hays Office came about during the turbulent, exciting Roaring Twenties, told alongside the famous, unsolved murder mystery of director William Desmond Taylor, which Mann promises to solve.
Mann is also working on a musical based on How To Be a Movie Star and a screenplay based on Kate: The Woman Who Was Hepburn.
In addition,Wisecracker is being developed separately as a musical and as a film, and Hello Gorgeous has been optioned as a film.
Mann is available for speaking engagements, presentations, and workshops.
Contact William Mann through his agent, Malaga Baldi, at BaldiBooks [at] gmail [dot] com.