Allan Carr was Hollywood's premier party-thrower during the town's most hedonistic era -- the cocaine-addled, sexually indulgent 1970s. Hosting outrageous soirees with names like the Mick Jagger/Cycle Sluts Party and masterminding such lavishly themed opening nights as the Tommy/New York City subway premiere, it was Carr, an obese, caftan-wearing producer -- the ultimate outsider -- who first brought movie stars and rock stars, gays and straights, Old and New Hollywood together.
From the stunning success of Grease and La Cage aux Folles to the spectacular failure of the Village People's Can't Stop the Music, as a producer Carr's was a rollercoaster of a career punctuated by major hits and phenomenal flops -- none more disastrous than the Academy Awards show he produced featuring a tone-deaf Rob Lowe serenading Snow White, a fiasco that made Carr an outcast, and is still widely considered to be the worst Oscars ever.
Tracing Carr's excess-laden rise and tragic fall -- and sparing no one along the way -- Party Animals provides a sizzling, candid, behind-the-scenes look at Hollywood's most infamous period.
Hofler, senior editor at Variety\n magazine, embarks on a sex- and camp-fueled romp through the outrageous life of Hollywood producer and impresario Allan Carr (1937 1999). Eschewing the conventional biography model, Hofler instead chronicles Carr s lavish parties and equally audacious film work. Openly gay, Carr threw some of the entertainment industry s most memorable shindigs in the 1970s including the Rudolf Nureyev mattress party and the Truman Capote jail house party, held at the decommissioned Lincoln Heights Jail in L.A. A longtime theater fan, Carr, in his role as producer, brought the Who s rock opera Tommy\n to the screen, as well as Grease\n, which became the top-grossing movie musical of all time. But for all his achievements, Carr had an equal number of disastrous flops: the Village People inspired Can t Stop the Music\n, Grease 2\n, and the much-reviled 1989 Oscar ceremony that saw Rob Lowe serenading Snow White in front of a replica of the Cocoanut Grove nightclub. Though Carr s enthusiasm is infectious, Hofler never fully captures the man behind the glitz and glamour, leaving readers not wholly satisfied. B&w photos. \n