FORA.tv Speaker - George Hamilton
Having discovered his passion for acting at High School, a young George Hamilton landed the lead part in his first film, ’Crime and Punishment’, in 1959.
Having been signed up by MGM, Hamilton was soon on the movie star treadmill, appearing in ’Home From the Hill’, ‘Where the Boys Are’ and 'Light in the Piazza’. Hamilton went on to appear in nearly 40 films during the 1960s and 1970s.
During the 1960s, Hamilton hit the headlines when he started dating Lynda Bird, the daughter of President Johnson. Accusations of opportunism surrounded the affair, and eventually had an adverse effect on his career. As the film roles started to dry up towards the end of the 1960s, George moved into TV work, playing jet-setter Duncan Carlyle in ’The Survivors’.
’Love at First Bite’ and ’Zorro the Gay Blade’ earned Golden Globe nominations and provided another career boost in the late 1970s. The 1980s saw George playing slightly campish roles in 'Dynasty' and 'Spies', as well as hosting a number of beauty pageants.
With the nickname ‘The Tanned One’, it was no great surprise when Hamilton launched his own range of skin-care products in the late 1980s, closely followed by a chain of tanning salons.
Francis Ford Coppola cast George in 'The Godfather, Part III’ in 1990 and, in 1995 he co-hosted the short-lived talk show, ’George and Alana’, with his ex-wife Alana Stewart.
Hamilton has been linked with Imelda Marcos and Elizabeth Taylor. He recently sent out a TV tribute to Taylor insisting life would be ‘unbearable’ without her, after the star revealed she's suffering from congestive heart failure.
10.28.08 | 01:05:57 min
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