The Godfather of Hollywood bad boys: He had seven wives, snorted a blizzard of cocaine, and produced some of our greatest ever movies. TOM LEONARD looks back at the extraordinary life of Robert Evans following his death at 89
Robert Evans was hardly the first star to break into Hollywood by stripping off, though he managed it with rather more panache than most.
Jumping into the pool at the Beverly Hills Hotel one day in 1956 as he took a break from his tedious job selling women's trousers, he was spotted by the veteran Hollywood actress Norma Shearer.
Evans was perfect, she decided, to play her famous movie producer husband [Irving Thalberg] in a film starring James Cagney. Although Evans would eventually switch from acting to producing, his path to becoming a colossus of Tinseltown was firmly laid out for him.
In the late Sixties and Seventies, Evans produced some of the finest films of the era, including Chinatown, Rosemary's Baby, The Italian Job and the Godfather films.
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