Welcome To David Bret
David Bret Biographer~Broadcaster~Raconteur~Scriptwriter~Chansonnier
David Bret and his French showman godfather, Roger Normand--the original Marcel.
The Plays: all are based on David Bret's biographies.
'Piaf, A Passionate Life'; 'Gracie Fields, The Authorised Biography'; 'The Mistinguett Legend'; 'George Formby: A Troubled Genius'; 'Valentino: A Dream Of Desire' & 'Rudolph Valentino: Lovers, Friends & Foes'; 'Chanson: A Story Of The French Music-Hall'.
'Darvinz Of Zarumna: A Neo-Religious Romantic fantasy' , Bret's debut novel, is now published!
The same publisher has also optioned Bret's 'Wars of the Roses' series. The first part of this, 'John Dynham of Nutwell', is to be published later in the year. There has been much interest in this period of British history since the discovery of Richard III's remains. Bret also wrote a serious study on the period, which may be published. This has yet to be decided.
Edith Piaf: Interviews With Those Who Knew Her + the play. Hard & paperback, + e-book, March.
Rudolph Valentino: Lovers, Friends & Foes + the play. Hard & paperback, + e-book, March
In the Piaf book, David Bret includes 17 interviews with those most associated with her, including
Louis Dupont (the father of her only child); Jacqueline Danno and Roger Normand (David Bret's
godparents); Barbara; Damia; Charles Dumont; Michel Emer; Marlene Dietrich.
In the Valentino book we get to see the REAL Valentino, a man who was sexually attracted only
towards other men, and whose relationships with women, particularly his lesbian wifes, brought
him only heartache.
David Bret's biography of the Hollywood legend 'Greta Garbo: Divine Star'. Published June 2012 by The Robson Press. Now optioned for a major film.
DDavid Bret met Greta Garbo in Paris in 1986, four years before she died. "We talked about the concert we had just attended--not one word about her films or her life in Hollywood. She was no longer the great Garbo but 'Harriet Brown', and had been for some time." Bret's infatuation with Garbo began back in the Sixties, yet it has taken him until now to write about her, in what will be his 28th biography. It is his first book with new Robson Press, an imprint with Biteback Publishing, though Jeremy Robson has been publishing Bret's books since 1988, when their first collaboration, 'The Piaf Legend', hit the bestsellers. It follows a long list of books about Hollywood stars: Bret has already scored big hits with his biographies of Jean Harlow, Rock Hudson, Joan Crawford, Clark Gable, Tallulah Bankhead, Doris Day, Rudolph Valentino, and of course Marlene Dietrich, who was a close personal friend. Already there is talk of optioning 'Greta Garbo: Divine Star' for a major film, though in the always fickle world of Hollywood, who knows what will happen next?a
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25 November 2011 marked the 20th anniversary of Freddie's death. To commemorate the occasion, David Bret released the updated edition of the biography, with an introduction by Freddie's close friend the great soprano, Montserrat Caballe.
"David Bret may be a little shit," Elizabeth Taylor joked when she called in to a Chicago radio station while he was promoting his biography of Clark Gable, "But he's a loveable little shit!" Bret's biography of the great star was scheduled to come out in 2010, but when rumours began circulating that she might be seriously ill, publication was held back--with her knowledge and approval--until after her death. The two stayed in touch via an intermediary. Taylor knew exactly what Bret was writing about her, and saw part of the script. The book came out just three weeks after her death in March 2011, and was a bestseller on both sides of the Atlantic. It was a recent hit in Sweden, and is scheduled to be published in Poland, Russia and China in 2012.
'Diana Dors: Hurricane In Mink', was published in October 2011, and offers the first rounded portrait as the woman (erroniously!) known as 'The British Marilyn Monroe'.
Popular with the "trade" David Bret counts/counted amongst his friends, allies and admirers: Marlene Dietrich, Barbara (Monique Serf), Dorothy Squires, Betty Mars, Roger Normand (his godfather), Jacqueline Danno (his godmother), Michel Guyarmathy, Montserrat Caballé, Melina Mercouri, Sheridan Morley, Kris Kirk, Peter Burton, Terry Sanderson, Alice Saprich, Amália Rodrigues, Maria da Fé and almost the enire fado population of Lisbon, Damia, Elisabeth Welch, Serge Reggiani, Marian Montgomery, Elaine Paige, Charley Marouani, HM The Queen Mother, Joey Stefano, and Kirsty McColl. All these people praise him highly and have dedications in his books.
The "Brit Girls of the Sixties" trilogy. Volume One: Cilla Black, Sandie Shaw, Lulu. Volume Two: Marianne Faithfull & Kathy Kirby. Volume Three: Dusty Springfield & Helen Shapiro. Rock Hudson: victim of tabloid puerility and intense homophobia.
A quartet of frequently controversial but divinely talented Hollywood legends: Clark Gable, Joan Crawford, Barbra Streisand & Tallulah Bankhead
Bret Bret has little patience with fan-based or any other forums. The vast majority of fans of whoever the book is about greatly approve of the way he has tackled his subject. However, every star has his or her fanatics--a thankfully minuscule group of individuals who need to see their idol as they want to see them, and not as they really were. These fanatics post one-star reviews on the Amazon retail sites, or lambast Bret on their forums--it has become a popular pastime for some detractors! Then there are the 'causes': campaigns to find missing people, anti-racist and anti-homophobia lobbies. "It's hard to imagine anyone getting nasty when you're helping to find a missing child, trying to stop anti-Semitism, AIDS or ethnic prejudice, or fighting against the governments of Third World countries who jail men, or even worse, just because they are different," he says. "But they do get nasty, and they are flabbergasted by the way I bite back!" These people react by leaving bad 'reviews' on the retail sites, which actually only have the opposite effect.
Bret's books bear the motto, "La vie sans amis c'est comme un jardin sans fleurs", and are additionally inscribed in support of Les Enfants de Novembre, traditionally the oppressed minorities of the world. He has published 27 best-selling biographies in Britain, the United States, Italy, Sweden, Poland, Russia, China and Japan. In 1991, he collaborated with Marlene Dietrich on "The Essential Marlene Dietrich", the last album to be released in her lifetime. In 1998 he gave a talk on Rudolph Valentino in Chicago, when one of the guests was a then little-known Barack Alabama. Additionally he has appeared in around twenty television documentaries, and in 2008 appeared in the Italian-language film, "Rudy", shot in Milan. He has made over 600 radio broadcasts. Most of his books have been serialised in national newspapers.
A quartet of 'old timers': Gracie Fields, Maurice Chevalier, George Formby & Mistinguett
The subjects of Bret's books are diverse, and usually controversial--otherwise he would see no point in writing about them! In "Rock Hudson", he claims that Rock did not contract AIDS by way of sex, but by way of a blood transfusion during open-heart surgery. In "Morrissey: Landscapes Of The Mind", he panders to the half-crazed fans of the ex-Smiths frontman--but more than makes up for this error in "Morrissey: Scandal & Passion" a very revealing portrayal of the singer. Morrissey had wished for a previous biographer to die a horrible death. Of Bret's caustic wit, on a level with his own, he observed, "I would like to dust him down and stick him on my mantelshelf!" The fussy members of the George Formby Society approved Bret's biography of the singer, until learning that he had labelled him a "camp icon". Assuming that the word "camp" equated to Formby being gay, they branded it "obscene"--it was anything but--and sent it winging to the top of the best-sellers charts! The much snootier Maria Callas Society praised Bret's applauding of La Divina's musical genius in "Maria Callas: The Tigress & The Lamb", but took umbrage at his claims that she attempted, and falied, to "straighten" out several gay would-be lovers. And was Callas really a friend of "common" entertainers Gracie Fields and Tallulah Bankhead, also the subjects of Bret biographies? One imagines that Bret and the fabulously foul-mouthed Miss B would have had oodles in common!0
07 with the publication Star. "I didn't rob a bank and I didn't kill
Errol Flynn Jean Harlow Maria Callas Mario Lanza Marlene Dietrich Trailblazers
David Bret's biography of silent movie star Rudolph Valentino was a best seller when first published in 1998. Moira Shearer, writing for a UK broadsheet, for some reason liked the book but not Valentino himself, describing him as, "A man with pig's eyes." Film director Ken Russell took an exception to this and published a full-page appraisal of Bret and Valentino in The Times: "Mad About The Boy". As a result of this, Bret was invited to participate in the Chicago Humanities Festival. Then, in 2010 the book was given a new lease of life when virulently opposed by a group of American women who took offence at Bret's claims--by no means the first--that Valentino was gay. Since then, the book has been reprinted several times, and copies sold now run well into six figures--proof, as with those "loony reviews" on the retail sites, that there is no such thing as bad publicity!
With Frank Skinner, while filming 'George Formby'.
Frank played the uke while Bret performed the 'seditious'
version of 'When I'm Cleaning Windows'....
Below, with Elaine Paige. Bret was one of the advisers
for her production of Pam Gem's 'Piaf'.