By Robert Halmi Sr., Dan Gabbay
On July 30, 2014, almost immediately after finishing this autobiography, Robert Halmi, the prolific manufacturer of tv videos and miniseries, died on the age of ninety. Hailed by means of type as "A Gulliver between television motion picture Producers," he had a hand in additional than two hundred long-form narrative tv tasks from 1989's Lonesome Dove, starring Robert Duvall, to 2000's "Don Quixote" starring John Lithgow. jam-packed with quite a bit of the marquee expertise of the prior century, his lifestyles story—from scuffling with opposed to the Nazis to turning into a photographer for all times and activities Illustrated to his tv work—is really amazing.
Robert Halmi used to be born in Hungary to a father who served as authentic photographer to the Vatican and the final Habsburg courtroom. whilst the Nazis invaded, he fought within the resistance, and prefer lots of his countrymen he was once captured and condemned to dying. however the advancing crimson military freed him prior to the Germans may possibly perform the execution. Seeing the risks of the increasing Soviet empire, which additionally took carry of his place of origin in an army dictatorship, he became heel and joined the OSS to struggle the autumn of the Iron Curtain. In 1951, with $5 in his pocket and a Leica round his neck, he made his strategy to the USA. As a photographer for all times and activities Illustrated, he back showcased his Bond-like skills for chasing experience and dishonest dying through dangling from helicopters, looking giant video game in Africa with dictators, blowing himself up, marooning himself on a glacier for 3 weeks, or even portray Marilyn Monroe's bare physique for a photograph shoot. within the 3rd act of his rollicking lifestyles, as a television magnate, he acquired an surprising 448 Emmy nods whereas befriending a Who's Who of Hollywood and dealing with the good boldface actors of our time: Jimmy Cagney gave him his final functionality. He chased George C. Scott (on a bender) via a inn. Omar Sharif did the Twist for him. He watched Patrick Stewart approximately drown at the again of an animatronic whale, and Isabella Rossellini braved a herd of rampaging elephants for him. He has lived the yankee dream to the hilt. A fast moving glance again at a existence regularly in growth, his notable tale finds approximately a century of bold and boundless optimism even within the face of negative odds. It's a narrative of battle, love, and ambition, the critical American story of a existence lived huge.
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Finally, near dark, we returned to the barn and saw the horse and cart, and the guard who had driven it away using the cart as a table to eat his dinner. The other guards were in the barn to get their suppers. I walked over to the guard—Karoly, Gyula, and Jenõ close behind me. I asked where the boy was, and he didn’t even look up. He took out his pistol, held it next to his plate, and said he had taken care of it. Without thinking, I reached back and smashed him as hard as I could in the face. We jumped on him, pounding him with our fists.
And he had the money to indulge both. Which he did that day in Monte Carlo, introducing himself to the beautiful and highly intelligent Princess Stephanie Julianne von Hohenlohe. It wasn’t long before the lovely Steph had Rothermere’s ear, and she steered their pillow talk toward one of her passions: Hungary. The motives behind the princess’s fervent advocacy of Hungary remain something of a mystery. Austrian by birth, she didn’t speak a word of Hungarian and had never even set foot in the country.
To my mother at the opera and my father in his studio. To Sárospatak and Shakespeare. To the Danube with Klâri at my side. Why had I been so stubborn? I should have listened to their advice, lain low, let the war play itself out with me hiding out in a basement somewhere. Either I was going to faint or my head was going to explode. I only came to my senses when I realized where they were taking me: into the officers’ quarters. Because I had led this brazen assault on the arms depot, they assumed I must be some kind of big shot in the Hungarian resistance, and they 37 American Dreamer figured to score some points by turning me over to the Gestapo.
American Dreamer: My Story of Survival, Adventure, and Success by Robert Halmi Sr., Dan Gabbay