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 his wife Dorothy. After graduating in 1947 from Manhattan's selective High School of Music and Art, Irving attended Cornell University. … Read More


1952 22 Years Old His first wife was Nina Wilcox. Their marriage was annulled in 1952.
1958 28 Years Old Later, on the Spanish island of Ibiza, he met an Englishwoman, Claire Lydon; they married in 1958 and moved to California. … 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, Fay Brooke, an English photographic model, and their newborn son, Josh. … Read More
1967 37 Years Old In 1967, Irving married Swiss/German artist Edith Sommer. … Read More


1970 40 Years Old In 1970, in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, Irving met with Richard Suskind, a longtime friend who was an author of children's books. … Read More
1971 41 Years Old In late 1971, Irving delivered the manuscript to McGraw-Hill. … Read More
1972 42 Years Old The Irvings confessed on January 28, 1972. … Read More


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. … Read More
In 2014 he added six books to the total, including his prison journal. … Read More
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