Those Glamorous GaborsMerv Griffin

A Life in the Closet

Darwin Porter

This is the first post-mortem, unauthorized insight into Merv Griffin, a failed singer and unsuccessful actor who Merv Griffin: A Life in the Closetunexpectedly rewrote the rules of America's broadcasting industry. He became the richest man in TV, befriended everyone in media who mattered, bought a casino, and maintained a secret life as America's most famously closeted homosexual. From a controversial writer whose previous work has virtually re-defined the art of the celebrity biography, HERE'S MERV.


"Darwin Porter told me why he tore the door of Merv's closet…Heeere's Merv! is 560 pages, 100 photos, a truckload of gossip, and a bedful of unauthorized dish." —Cindy Adams, The New York Post


"Darwin Porter tears the door off Merv Griffin's closet with gusto in this sizzling, superlatively researched biography. It brims with insider gossip that's about Hollywood legends, writ large, smart, and with great style."

—Richard LaBonté, BOOKMARKS



Paperback 1-936003-07-4 / 978-1-936003-07-5 Trim size 6x9 Page Count 525


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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Applying the tabloid standards of today to the Hollywood scandals of yesterday. It's a tough job, but somebody's got to do it.

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