David Bret Biographer~Broadcaster~Raconteur
Dante Alfonso: Italian God Of The Silent Screen
Dreamspinner Press, 20 October 2014: A young Italian, ejected by his family for being gay, heads for
New York where, after a series of adventures, he enters the movies and becomes the biggest silents star
in America. But will he bend to studio pressures and marry to stop the rumours?
David Bret: Autobiography
Absolutely no punches pulled with this one! David Bret tells his own story: the truth about his adoption
and parentage, his abusive father and his mother's suicide, the eccentric family and the archetypal wicked
stepmother, the friends and lovers from both sides of the celebrity fence, the struggles, the friendship
with Peter Sutcliffe in pre-Yorkshire Ripper days, the celebrities who took him to their hearts. All told
with wit and compassion...and at times with more than a touch of acidity!
DbBooks November 2014
Also coming in 2015, quite possibly the most CONTROVERSIAL biography David Bret has ever written!
Greta Garbo: Divine Star
David Bret met Garbo in Paris in February 1986, under an awning in the pouring rain outside the Zenith Theatre, where he was working on the play
"Lily Passion" with his friend, the great French chanteuse, Barbara.
Chanson: A Story Of Forbidden Greta Garbo Freddie Mercury George Formby Rudolph Valentino USA
Love Set During The German Occupation
The Yorkist Kings Vol One: John Dynham of Nutwell: A Edith Piaf Freddie Mercury Elizabeth Taylor USA
Edward IV 1 of 5
Mistinguett Tallulah Bankhead Marlene Dietrich Russia Gracie Fields Morrissey
Edith Piaf Clark Gable Maurice Chevalier Marlene Dietrich Germany Elizabeth Taylor Sweden
Darvinz of Zarumna: Brit Girls Volume 1 Brit Girls Volume 2 Brit Girls Volume 3 Errol Flynn
A Mythological Romance Dusty & Helen Marianne & Kathy Cilla, Sandie & Lulu
Elizabeth Taylor Doris Day Maurice Chevalier Gracie Fields Edith Piaf Italy
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.
Rock Hudson Clark Gable USA Joan Crawford USA Barbra Streisand
David 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.
Diana Dors Maria Callas George Formby Freddie Mercury Edith Piaf: Marlene Dietrich,
Charles Dumont, Damia, etc.
Maurice Chevalier Edith Piaf Poland Edith Piaf Edith Piaf Elizabeth Taylor China
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
Jean Harlow Maria Callas Mario Lanza Marlene Dietrich Trailblazers
David Bret's first 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.
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'.
Edith Piaf Elvis Presley Maria Callas Germany Morrissey USA Marlene Dietrich
The Nancy Sphinctergritzel Spoofs:
NOTE: The following are works of fiction. Names, characters, places and incidents are either the product of the author's
imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblence to persons living or dead, business establishments, events or locales
is entirely coincidental. The images on the covers are: Lily and Richard Elliss, Gus Williams, and Agnes Elliss, courtesy
of Mary Elliss, Frank Elliss, and Jeanne Elliss-Bret. WARNING: These stories contain adult material of a sexual nature.
Rudolph Valentino's Moose Lord Cecil Wilde A Marriage Made In Hell Nancy Trilogy Cyclops & The Hermaphrodite
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