Clifford Irving
American hoaxer
Clifford Irving
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.
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Heavy Hitters To Compete In Charity Softball Game
Huffington Post - over 3 years
EAST HAMPTON, N.Y. -- Its roster of participants is impressive: former President Bill Clinton, Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, three Baldwins, Dustin Hoffman, Paul Simon, Jackson Pollock and Kurt Vonnegut, to name just a few. Organizers of the annual East Hampton Artists & Writers softball games are a little fuzzy about when they got their start – most peg it to around 1948, when artists including Pollock, Willem de Kooning and others organized casual pickup games on summer afternoons in their yards. Today they have become one of the premier events in the Hamptons, New York's summer resort for the haves and have mores. "I've played against some of the greatest house painters in the world," jokes reporter Carl Bernstein, making a common, good-natured accusation that his opponents pepper their rosters with "ringers" to gain a competitive advantage. This year's game, billed as the 65th and slated for Aug. 17, is expected to draw thousands to watch writer ...
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Uke Jackson: Living The Artist Life With Hemingway
Huffington Post - over 4 years
How much of my life as it was lived so far was affected by my reading Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises? I actually asked myself this question while reading the book for the fourth time as part of the HuffPost Book Club. When I was about ten, the local librarian contacted my parents to let them know there were no age appropriate books left for me to read in the young people's collection. She wanted to recommend books to me from the adult shelves. My parents said it was okay. In the meantime, my father came into my room with his copy of The Hemingway Reader. It was, he told me, his own copy from college. I read the short stories first, having become hooked on the form through the weekly arrival of the Saturday Evening Post. Then I read The Sun Also Rises. There was certainly no inkling on my part that Hemingway's relations with women would become problematic for a segment of the culture in a few more years. I first ran into the misogyny question when reading the book for ...
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Un mito en papel ´couché´ - Diario de Ibiza
Google News - over 5 years
La época en la que vivieron en Ibiza artistas como Frank El Punto o el falsificador Elmyr d´Hory, que acogía en su casa al polémico escritor Clifford Irving. Le acompañaba su amante por entonces, la bella y carismática baronesa Nina Van Pallandt,
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'Jackson County Jail,' 'Caged/Chained/Red Heat,' 'Jungle Warriors' - Linda ... - Memphis Commercial Appeal (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
The cast includes the great Woody Strode, who shoots people through the neck with a bow and arrow, and Nina Van Pallandt, once a famous name as the mistress of Howard Hughes hoax biographer Clifford Irving. Although the models are captured and confined
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Mezrich launches another tale - Boston Globe
Google News - over 5 years
That movie would seem to have everything going for it - adventure, sex, romance, a hero who is equal parts Clifford Irving from “The Hoax,'' Frank Abagnale from “Catch Me If You Can,'' and George Bailey from “It's a Wonderful Life,'' perhaps even a
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And About Those Tax Cuts - Manteca Bulletin (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
These "job-creating" tax cuts are the biggest fraud perpetrated on the American people since the Clifford Irving biography of Howard Hughes. I will be brief. This is an article about the last remaining shoe manufacturer who actually manufactures their
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End of a chapter for Aspen writer Clifford Irving's accumulation of books - Aspen Times
Google News - over 5 years
Author Clifford Irving will sell much of his impressive book collection at a yard sale Saturday at his east Aspen home. ASPEN — Among the books that will not be offered for sale Saturday at Clifford Irving's yard sale at his home on the east side of
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Husted: Howard Hughes' "autobiographer" holding book sale in Aspen - Denver Post
Google News - over 5 years
Clifford Irving, pictured in 1974, says he gave Howard Hughes "a better life." (Denver Post file, Amazon.com ) You remember Clifford Irving from his infamous 1972 hoax writing the "Autobiography of Howard Hughes
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What's On Today
NYTimes - over 5 years
7 P.M. (SNY) RALPH KINER: 50 AMAZIN' YEARS Think about the Mets, and chances are you'll think about Mr. Kiner, the Hall of Fame slugger whose voice has been associated with the team since its inception in 1962. Now in his 50th season in the broadcast booth, Mr. Kiner (above, with an image from his playing days) discusses his career as an outfielder
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Denuncian falsificaciones de Picasso - Bottup (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Sus falsificaciones ganaron fama después de que Clifford Irving le dedicase un libro, y posteriormente apareciese en el documental Fraude (F for Fake) de Orson Welles… Elmyr de Hory nació en 1906 en Budapest, hijo de aristócratas de origen judío
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Today in History - June 16 - mysask.com (press release)
Google News - over 5 years
In 1972, Clifford Irving, author of a bogus biography of billionaire Howard Hughes, was sentenced in New York to two-and a-half years for grand larceny. In 1976, six South Africans died when riots broke out in the black township of Soweto over the
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Arturo Pérez Reverte: de copias, robos, falsificaciones y plagios - Periodistas en Español (Comunicado de prensa)
Google News - almost 6 years
Clifford Irving y Orson Welles le dedicaron a Elmyr de Hory un libro y una película documental respectivamente. Este hombre magnífico no copiaba a los grandes, ni les robaba, ni les plagiaba, no, simplemente hacía obras que ellos no habían hecho,
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TV Rehberi (09.05.2011) - Haber Biz
Google News - almost 6 years
Habere yorum birak KONUSU : Clifford Irving, uzun zamandan beri iyi bir malzeme aradığı halde bir türlü bunu bulamayan tutkulu bir yazardır. Sonunda kendi öyküsünü kendisi yaratmaya, bir söyleşiler dizisi uydurmaya karar verir
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ANTIQUES; Gleaning the True Identity Of an Enigmatic Forger
NYTimes - almost 6 years
Elmyr de Hory, a Hungarian-born painter known for forging works by Picasso, Modigliani and Matisse, was the subject of biographies and documentaries full of his own lies about his background. In 1976, while under investigation for art fraud, he committed suicide by overdosing on sleeping pills, leaving behind boxes of paperwork that are now
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Film Has Two Big Names And a Dog, but No Big Screens
NYTimes - over 6 years
In the animal kingdom of Hollywood, there is still an audience for movies whose casts feature Richard Gere, and for films directed by Lasse Hallstrom. And since time immemorial -- or at least since the 1943 release of ''Lassie Come Home'' -- there has been a loyal viewership for pictures about dogs and their unflagging fidelity to their human
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Harold W. McGraw Jr., 92, Chairman of McGraw-Hill
NYTimes - almost 7 years
Harold W. McGraw Jr., who as leader of McGraw-Hill, his family's publishing business, helped build it into a billion-dollar enterprise in the 1970s and '80s, died on Wednesday at his home in Darien, Conn. He was 92 . His son Harold W. McGraw III, who is now chief executive of the company, announced his father's death, attributing it to natural
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Robert Maheu, 90, Surrogate for Howard Hughes
NYTimes - over 8 years
Robert A. Maheu, a chief aide to Howard Hughes who engineered the deals for the Hughes business empire that helped change the face of Las Vegas but who never once met his boss in the decade and a half he worked for him, died Monday in Las Vegas. He was 90. The cause was congestive heart failure, his son Peter told The Associated Press.
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What's On Tonight
NYTimes - almost 9 years
9 P.M. (Starz) THE HOAX (2007) Margaret B. Jones. James Frey. Misha Defonseca. They couldn't hold a candle to Clifford Irving, who in the early 1970s convinced much of the reading public that he had been appointed the official biographer of the notoriously reclusive Howard Hughes. In this darkly humorous drama from Lasse Hallstrom, Richard Gere
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A Family Tree of Literary Fakers
NYTimes - almost 9 years
When the news emerged this week that Margaret Seltzer had fabricated her gang memoir, ''Love and Consequences,'' under the pseudonym Margaret B. Jones, many in the publishing industry and beyond thought: Here we go again. The most immediate examples that came to mind were, of course, James Frey, the author of the best-selling ''Million Little
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CALENDAR
NYTimes - about 9 years
Comedy TARRYTOWN Tarrytown Music Hall Bobby Collins. Feb. 16 at 8 p.m. $33. Tarrytown Music Hall, 13 Main Street. (877) 840-0457; www.tarrytownmusichall.org. Film PEEKSKILL Paramount Center for the Arts ''I'm Not There,'' about the life of Bob Dylan, directed by Todd Haynes. Through Feb. 10. $7 to $9. Paramount Center for the Arts, 1008 Brown
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Clifford Irving
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2014
    Age 83
    In November 2014 the Briscoe Center for American History at the University of Texas announced that they had acquired all of Irving's literary and personal papers.
    More Details Hide Details The archive includes material from more than 50 years, running from 1954 to 2012. Among the trove is Irving's correspondence with lawyers, publishers, colleagues and friends such as Graham Greene, Robert Graves and Irwin Shaw, his personal diaries and prison journals, many manuscript drafts, legal documents from lawsuits and from his 1972 bankruptcy, portions of his Howard Hughes manuscript and extensive handwritten notes and musings. In all, it fills 20 boxes in the research center archive. “Clifford Irving is an important writer who has lived a colorful and controversial life, which has been a major source of inspiration for much of his literary work,” said Don Carleton, executive director at the Briscoe Center. “I’m delighted that his papers are now available to enrich scholarship here at the university.”
    In May 2014 Irving launched his official website, cliffordirving.com.
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    In 2014 he added six books to the total, including his prison journal.
    More Details Hide Details Sales have been brisk. The books have received highly favorable reviews from readers, most of whom are too young to remember that Irving was the author of the Hughes Hoax. Irving has been open about it, and offers the text of the hoax autobiography for sale in book form.
  • 2012
    Age 81
    In 2012 Irving formatted and placed 12 of his books, including one unpublished novel, for sale on Kindle and Nook.
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    In spring 2012, the movie rights to Irving's nonfiction book, Fake!, were optioned by Steve Golin and Anonymous Content LLP.
    More Details Hide Details Irving was commissioned to write a screenplay for the movie. In 2015, Anonymous Content's option for the book's dramatic rights expired.
  • 2007
    Age 76
    On March 6, 2007, Hyperion reissued Clifford Irving's The Hoax in a movie tie-in edition.
    More Details Hide Details The film, directed by Swedish filmmaker Lasse Hallström, opened on April 6, 2007, with a DVD release following on October 16. The majority of reviews were favorable. Irving characterized the film as a cliched distortion of the story and "a hoax about a hoax." He described the film's portrayals of Suskind, Edith Irving and himself as "absurd even more than inaccurate." He noted that the film was not true to his account, adding events that had not taken place. As the author of the source book, Irving is credited as a writer for the film, but he had himself removed from credit as technical adviser.
  • 2005
    Age 74
    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.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1972
    Age 41
    The Irvings confessed on January 28, 1972.
    More Details Hide Details They and Suskind were indicted for "conspiracy to defraud through use of the mails" and pleaded guilty on June 16. Irving spent 17 months in prison, where he stopped smoking and took up weightlifting. He voluntarily returned the US$765,000 advance to his publishers. Edith, a.k.a. "Helga", served prison sentences in America and in Switzerland.
  • 1971
    Age 40
    In late 1971, Irving delivered the manuscript to McGraw-Hill.
    More Details Hide Details He included notes in Hughes' forged handwriting that an expert forensic document analyst declared genuine. Hughes "experts" at Time-Life were completely convinced and McGraw-Hill announced its intention to publish the book in March 1972. Learning of the planned book, representatives of Hughes' companies expressed doubts about its authenticity. Frank McCulloch, known for years as the last journalist to interview Hughes, received an angry call from someone claiming to be Hughes. But when McCulloch read the Irving manuscript, he became convinced that it was genuine. McGraw-Hill and Life magazine, which had paid to publish excerpts of the book, continued to support Irving. Osborn Associates, a firm of handwriting experts, declared the writing samples were authentic. Irving had to submit to a lie-detector test, which indicated inconsistencies but no lies. On January 7, 1972, Hughes arranged a telephone conference with seven journalists, whose end of the conversation was televised. Hughes claimed that he had never even met Irving. The journalists in turn claimed the voice on the phone was probably a fake.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1970
    Age 39
    In 1970, in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, Irving met with Richard Suskind, a longtime friend who was an author of children's books.
    More Details Hide Details They conceived a scheme to write Hughes' purported "autobiography." Irving and Suskind believed that, because Hughes had completely withdrawn from public life, he would never draw attention by denouncing such a book or filing a lawsuit for libel. Suskind took on the work of research in news archives. Irving started by enlisting the aid of artist and writer friends on Ibiza in order to create letters in Hughes' own hand, imitating authentic letters they had seen displayed in Newsweek magazine. Irving contacted his publisher, McGraw-Hill, and said that Hughes had corresponded with him, saying he admired Irving's book about de Hory. Further, Hughes had expressed interest in Irving's ghost writing the millionaire's autobiography. The McGraw-Hill editors invited Irving to New York, where the publishers drafted contracts among Hughes, Irving, and the company. Irving and his friends forged Hughes' signatures. McGraw-Hill paid an advance of US$100,000, with an additional US$400,000 to be paid to Hughes. Irving later bargained the sum up to US$765,000. McGraw-Hill paid by checks made out to "H. R. Hughes", which Irving's Swiss wife Edith deposited to a Swiss bank account which she had opened under the name of "Helga R. Hughes".
  • 1967
    Age 36
    In 1967, Irving married Swiss/German artist Edith Sommer.
    More Details Hide Details They had two sons, John Edmond (aka "Nedsky") and Barnaby. Irving later married English author Maureen "Moish" Earl. From 1984 to 1998 they lived mainly in the mountain town of San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico. He completed his second novel, The Losers (1958), while traveling in Europe. Irving's third novel, The Valley (1960), is a mythic Western saga, published by McGraw-Hill. After returning to Ibiza, Irving became friendly with Hungarian art forger Elmyr de Hory. The painter asked him to write a biography, which was published as Fake! (1969). Irving and de Hory are both featured in Orson Welles' documentary F for Fake (1974), which was aired on TV. By 1958, millionaire Howard Hughes had become a recluse.
  • 1962
    Age 31
    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.
    More Details Hide Details This marriage ended in divorce.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1958
    Age 27
    Later, on the Spanish island of Ibiza, he met an Englishwoman, Claire Lydon; they married in 1958 and moved to California.
    More Details Hide Details She died the next year at Big Sur in an automobile accident on May 8, 1959.
  • 1952
    Age 21
    His first wife was Nina Wilcox. Their marriage was annulled in 1952.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1947
    Age 16
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He graduated with honors in English. Working as a copy boy at The New York Times, Irving wrote his first novel, On a Darkling Plain (1956), published by Putnam.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1930
    Born
    Born in 1930.
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