The Info List - Brad Darrach

--- Advertisement ---

BRAD DARRACH (real name Henry Bradford Darrach Jr.; 1921–1997) was a journalist and film critic. A 1942 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania , he joined Time Inc.
Time Inc.
in 1945 after working for the Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun
and the Providence Journal
Providence Journal
. He wrote for Time Inc. magazines including Time , Life , People and Sports Illustrated
Sports Illustrated
. During a career which spanned the 1940s to the 1990s, he profiled such notables as Elizabeth Taylor
Elizabeth Taylor
, Marlon Brando
Marlon Brando
, Frank Sinatra
Frank Sinatra
, Fred Astaire , Barbra Streisand
Barbra Streisand
, Robin Williams
Robin Williams
, Bill Cosby
Bill Cosby
, Jack Nicholson and Miss Piggy
Miss Piggy
. His 1955 Time cover story on Marilyn Monroe , based on a chaste 10-hour interview in her hotel bed while she was filming Bus Stop , was the first to report on the star’s traumatic childhood; in 1984, he wrote: "Out it came for the first time, the whole hideous mess: the foster homes, the religious sadists who threatened her with hellfire, the child molester who raped her when she was 6. Simply to remember was agony for Marilyn. Sometimes she was racked with sobs; sometimes she choked on anger and disgust. Sometimes tears filled my eyes too." For a 1995 Life Magazine
Life Magazine
photoshoot with Michelle Pfeiffer
Michelle Pfeiffer
, he held the Hope Diamond
Hope Diamond
in his hand.

Darrach’s work is widely anthologized. His 1975 Playboy
interview with Mel Brooks
Mel Brooks
(which won a Playboy
Non-fiction Award ) is reprinted in Gene Shalit ’s Laughing Matters. His reporting for Playboy
on the 1972 Bobby Fischer
Bobby Fischer
- Boris Spassky
Boris Spassky
chess match is included as one of four “Best of the Best” in David Halberstam ’s Best American Sportswriting of the Century. He succeeded James Agee as Time’s film reviewer; several of his reviews are reprinted in Film 67/68.

The vividness of his writing is notable; his language has appeared in several collections of quotations, including this description of Elvis Presley : "The hair was a Vaseline cathedral, the mouth a touchingly uncertain sneer of allure. One, two-wham! Like a berserk blender the lusty young pelvis whirred and the notorious git-tar slammed forward with a jolt that symbolically deflowered a generation of teenagers and knocked chips off 90 million older shoulders. Then out of the half-melted vanilla face a wild black baritone came bawling in orgasmic lurches. Whu-huh-huh-huh f'the money! Two f'the show! Three t'git riddy naa GO CAAT GO!" This description of Jackie Gleason
Jackie Gleason
is also memorable: "Gross in physique, gargantuan in gourmandise, oceanic in liquid capacity, prodigal of purse, a fire hose of libido and a Niagara of comic invention, the man was excess personified and one of the great entertainers of the age."


* 1 Bibliography

* 1.1 Books * 1.2 Movies * 1.3 Articles

* 2 References



* Bobby Fischer
Bobby Fischer
vs. The Rest of the World ( Stein & Day 1974) ISBN 0-8128-1618-8


* The Search for Solutions (1979) (Screenwriter)


* The Day Bobby Blew It in Halberstam, D., The Best American Sportswriting of the Century (Houghton Mifflin 1999) (originally in Playboy) ISBN 0-395-94514-3 * Interview with Mel Brooks
Mel Brooks
in Shalit, G., Laughing Matters: a Celebration of American Humor (Doubleday 1987) (originally in Playboy) ISBN 0-385-18547-2 * The Kid from Hoboken, in Porterfield, C., 85 Years of Great Writing (2008) (profile of Frank Sinatra
Frank Sinatra
originally in Time ) * A Perky Porker Hits Hollywood and Leaves 'Em Squealing, in The Best of People Weekly: The First Decade (Fawcett 1984) ISBN 0-449-90113-0 * Ulysses, Marat/Sade and The Underground Film in Schickel, R. & Simon, J., Film 67/68 (Simon & Schuster 1968) (originally in Time) ASIN
B000H7N1KC * Living With Liz, Life Magazine, February, 1992 (profile of Elizabeth Taylor
Elizabeth Taylor
and then-husband Larry Fortensky) * Send in the Clowns: For Desperately Ill Children, Laughter Can be The Best Medicine, Life Magazine, August, 1990 * A Different Kind of Superstar, Life Magazine, December, 1995 (profile of Hakeem Olajuwon
Hakeem Olajuwon
) * Landon, M. as told to Darrach, B. Michael Landon Discusses His Illness, Life Magazine, May, 1991 * Darrach, B. ">

* ^ Darrach, B. Playboy
Magazine (copy at The Daily Beast) February, 1975

* Lovinger, J. Farewell to a Writer's Writer, Life Magazine, December, 1997 * Ellman, D. Publisher\'s Letter, People Weekly, December 7, 1987 * Ray Kennedy, Iceland Follies, Time, Oct. 28, 1974 * Time, Sept. 20, 1963 * Time, Oc