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. in 1945 after working for the
Baltimore Sun and the
Providence Journal . He wrote for Time Inc.
magazines including Time , Life , People and
Sports Illustrated .
During a career which spanned the 1940s to the 1990s, he profiled such
Elizabeth Taylor ,
Darrach’s work is widely anthologized. His 1975
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