The first Latin American actor to become a superstar, Ramon
Novarro was for years one of Hollywood's top actors. Born Ramon
Samaniego to a prominent Mexican family, he arrived in America in
1916, a refugee from civil wars. By the mid-1920s, he had become
one of MGM's biggest box office attractions, starring in
now-classic films, including "The Student Prince," "Mata Hari," and
the original version of "Ben-Hur." He shared the screen with the
era's top leading ladies, such as Greta Garbo, Myrna Loy, Joan
Crawford, and Norma Shearer, and became Rudolph Valentino's main
rival in the "Latin Lover" category. Yet, despite his considerable
professional accomplishments, Novarro's enduring hold on fame stems
from his tragic death---his bloodied corpse was found in his house
on Halloween 1968 in what has become one of Hollywood's most
A lifelong bachelor, Novarro carefully cultivated his image as a
man deeply devoted to his family and to Catholicism. His murder
shattered that persona. News reports revealed that the dashing
screen hero had not only been gay, but was dead at the hands of two
young male hustlers. Since then, details of his murder have
achieved near mythic proportions, obscuring Novarro's professional
legacy. "Beyond Paradise" presents a full picture of the man who
made motion picture history. Including original interviews with
Novarro's surviving friends, family, co-workers, and the two men
convicted of his murder, this biography provides unique insights
into an early Hollywood star---a man whose heart was forever in
conflict with his image and whose myth continues to fascinate
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