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Clifford Irving

Born Nov 5, 1930

Clifford Michael Irving is an American investigative reporter and author of best-selling novels and works of nonfiction, but best known for his hoax "autobiography" of reclusive and eccentric businessman Howard Hughes in the early 1970s. After Hughes denounced him and sued McGraw-Hill, the publisher, Irving confessed the hoax and was subsequently sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison, serving 17 months.… Read More

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1930 Birth Born in 1930.


1947 17 Years Old Irving grew up in New York City, the son of Jay Irving, a Collier's cover artist and the creator of the syndicated comic strip Pottsy, and Dorothy. After graduating in 1947 from Manhattan's High School of Music and Art, Irving attended Cornell University, graduated with honors in English, and worked on his first novel, On a Darkling Plain (Putnam, 1956), while he was a copy boy at The New York Times. … Read More


1962 32 Years Old …  In 1962, after a year spent traveling around the world and living in a houseboat in Kashmir, Irving moved back to Ibiza with his third wife, English photographic model Fay Brooke, and their newborn son, Josh. … Read More
1967 37 Years Old In 1967, he married Swiss/German artist Edith Sommer, and they had two sons, John Edmond (aka "Nedsky") and Barnaby. … Read More


1970 40 Years Old In 1970, in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, Irving met with an author of children's books and old friend, Richard Suskind, and created the fanciful scheme to write Hughes' "autobiography". … Read More
1971 41 Years Old In late 1971, Irving delivered the manuscript to McGraw-Hill. He included notes in Hughes' forged handwriting that an expert forensic document analyst declared genuine. Alleged Hughes experts at Time-Life were completely convinced and McGraw-Hill announced its intention to publish the book in March 1972. … Read More
1972 42 Years Old The Irvings confessed on January 28, 1972. … Read More


1984 54 Years Old Irving later married English author Maureen "Moish" Earl and from 1984 to 1998 lived mainly in the mountain town of San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico.


2005 75 Years Old In July 2005, filming began in Puerto Rico and New York on The Hoax, starring Richard Gere as Irving, Alfred Molina as Suskind, and Marcia Gay Harden as Edith.
2007 77 Years Old On March 6, 2007, Hyperion reissued Clifford Irving's The Hoax in a movie tie-in edition. … Read More
2012 82 Years Old 1 More Event
In spring 2012, the movie rights to Irving's nonfiction book, Fake!, were optioned by Steve Golin and Anonymous Content LLP.
In 2014 he added six more books to the total, including his prison journal. … Read More
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