Michael Korda will visit the Library Thursday, March 21.
Michael Korda will visit the Library Thursday, March 21.

Thursday, March 21 at 7 p.m.

Michael Korda, author of Charmed Lives, will be our featured speaker.

With a loving but undeceived eye, Michael Korda recounts the trials and successes that fame brought to the Korda brothers from the Hungarian countryside to the pinnacle of Hollywood society.

Alexander Korda lived a life other men only dream about; having Churchill (who secretly wrote film scripts for him), HG Wells, Lord Beaverbrook and Robert Sherwood as lifelong friends; Olivier, Laughton, Ralph Richardson, Dietrich, Vivien Leigh, and Merle Oberon (whom he married) he brought to stardom. Achieving wealth and fame to become Sir Alexander Korda, one of the most legendary and flamboyant of all film tycoons- his two brothers, often unwillingly and quarrelsomely accepting his dominant role, rose with him. Zoltan, mercurial and eccentric, a director of genius whose The Four Feathers and Cry the Beloved Country are film classics; and Vincent, whom Alex shanghaied from a career as a painter to be the artistic director of his new motion picture empire. Alex, along with an incredible flair for success, had an equally powerful impulse toward destruction. In the end, it was this impulse that prevailed.

Praise for Charmed Lives:

"A rare, intimate portrait...crowded with anecdotes, comedy and drama." - The New York Times

"A rags to riches fairytale...Rich in anecdote...In a word: Charming!" - Newsday

About the Author

Michael Korda was born in London, in 1933, and has lived in the United States since 1958. He was educated at Le Rosey, in Switzerland, did his military service in the Royal Air Force, and then attended Magdalen College, Oxford. In 1956, he drove to Budapest with three friends to deliver medical supplies to the insurgents and took part in the Hungarian Revolution.

After working briefly for CBS-TV in New York City, Mr. Korda joined Simon and Schuster as an assistant editor in 1958, and subsequently became Managing Editor, Executive Editor and Editor in Chief. Over nearly five decades his authors have included presidents Carter, Reagan and Nixon, Charles De Gaulle, Dr. Henry Kissinger, Cher, Kirk Douglas, David McCullough, and Mary Higgins Clark.

His books include the #1 bestseller Power, the bestselling novels Queenie and The Fortune, and most recently Hero: The Life and Legend of Lawrence of Arabia, With Wings Like Eagles: A History of the Battle of Britain, Ike: An American Hero, Country Matters, Another Life, Horse People, Ulysses S. Grant and Journey to a Revolution. He makes his home on a farm in Dutchess County, New York, with his wife Margaret, with whom he has, co-authored two books, Horse Housekeeping and Cat People.

Books will be available for purchase at this event. Refreshments will be served.

Additional parking for evening and weekend Library programs available on Thorndal Circle (behind Nielsen's).