Love Triangle


Ronald Reagan, Jane Wyman, and Nancy Davis—All the Gossip Unfit to Print

Darwin Porter & Danforth Prince

Much of the world remembers Ronald Reagan as a geriatric president from the 1980s, but when he arrived in Hollywood during the late 1930s, he was billed as "a hunk of beefcake." On the Warner's lot, he vied with Errol Flynn as a Tinseltown Lothario, seducing female stars and wannabees from throughout the entertainment industry.

Before there was Nancy, our first divorced President (Ronald Reagan) was dysfunctionally married to the Oscar-winning, Golden Age star Jane Wyman, who had already had two mysterious marriages before she landed Reagan. This book presents the saga of their tumultuous eight-year union, at the end of which she made the horrible mistake of battling Marilyn Monroe for the affections of bandleader Fred Karger, and falling disastrously in love with Rock Hudson

LOVE TRIANGLE examines the rise of Ronald Reagan as a political insider in Hollywood, with insights into his feuds with Bette Davis, Ginger Rogers, Errol Flynn, and Humphrey Bogart. His controversial (some say "collusional" ) eight-year career as President of the Screen Actors' Guild is explored, along with his associations with the Mob and subsequent death threats.

Nancy Davis's secret past is explored, beginning with her days of fiercely ambitious social climbing. Revealed are her affairs with stars who included Clark Gable, Milton Berle, Frank Sinatra, Spencer Tracy, Robert Walker, and Yul Brynner. Long before 1972, when Linda Lovelace starred in Deep Throat, Nancy was known around Hollywood for her "specialty." Available in February 2015.


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About the Author:

“Darwin Porter is the master of guilty pleasures. There is nothing like reading him for passing the hours. He is the Nietzsche of Naughtiness, the Goethe of Gossip, the Proust of Pop Culture. Porter knows all the nasty buzz anyone has ever heard whispered in dark bars, dim alleys, and confessional booths. And lovingly, precisely, and in as straightforward a manner as an oncoming train, his prose whacks you between the eyes with the greatest gossip since Kenneth Anger. Some would say better than Anger.” (as quoted from Alan W. Petrucelli’s THE ENTERTAINMENT REPORT at

Porter began his career writing about politics and the entertainment industry for Knight Newspapers and The Miami Herald. Today, he’s one of the most prolific biographers in the world. His portraits of Marilyn Monroe, Frank Sinatra, J. Edgar Hoover, Vivien Leigh, Laurence Olivier, Howard Hughes, John and Jackie Kennedy, Paul Newman, Merv Griffin, Steve McQueen, Marlon Brando, Humphrey Bogart, Katharine Hepburn, and Michael Jackson have generated widespread reviews and animated radio and blogsite commentaries worldwide. Some of his biographies have been serialized to millions of readers in The Sunday Times of London and The Mail on Sunday.

Porter is also the well-known original author of many editions of The Frommer Guides, a respected travel guidebook series that’s among the most prominent and well-respected in the world.

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