Biography

Patrick McGilligan

Patrick McGilligan is the author of ALFRED HITCHCOCK: A Life in Darkness and Light; FRITZ LANG: The Nature of the Beast; and GEORGE CUKOR: A Double Life; and books on the lives of directors Nicholas Ray, Robert Altman and Oscar Micheaux, and actors James Cagney, Jack Nicholson and Clint Eastwood. He also edited the acclaimed five-volume Backstory series of interviews with Hollywood screenwriters. He lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, not far from Kenosha, where Orson Welles was born.

Patrick McGilligan

Books by Patrick McGilligan

by Patrick McGilligan - Biography, History, Nonfiction

In the history of American popular culture, there is no more dramatic story --- no swifter or loftier ascent to the pinnacle of success and no more tragic downfall --- than that of Orson Welles. In this biography, Patrick McGilligan brings young Orson into focus as never before. He chronicles Welles’ early life growing up in Wisconsin and Illinois as the son of an alcoholic industrialist and a radical suffragist and classical musician, and the magical early years of his career, including his marriage and affairs, his influential friendships and his artistic collaborations.