Wednesday, April 29, 2009

OF KINGS AND QUEENS AND MOVIE STARS: True Revelations of a Hollywood Publicist!

As one of Hollywood’s leading international publicity executives, Leonard Morpurgo has travelled the world, from California to Cannes for over 30 years with many of the greatest movie stars and celebrities of those decades from Cary Grant to Steve McQueen to the Duke of Windsor to Charlton Heston, and Warren Beatty, Leslie Caron, Peter O’Toole, Sir Laurence Olivier, Sir Alec Guinness and many, many more.

Touching and funny, insightful and revelatory, Of Kings and Queens and Movie Stars reveals Morpurgo’s rollicking, frolicking adventures in the glamor cities of the world with the glamorous people of the world who were his friends.

Morpurgo weaves the stories in his book thematically, not chronologically. "It was written this way because this is how I remembered. A story about the handling of a drunken Duke of Windsor would remind me of an embarrassing incident with the Queen of Belgium and another with the Queen of Holland. I was the third person on Cary Grant’s honeymoon with Dyan Cannon, which leads to my own honeymoon with director Stanley Kramer—and without my wife."

Leonard Morpurgo, is vice president at Weissman/Markovitz Communications, formerly Murray Weissman & Associates, a boutique agency with major clients, including Paramount, Fox, Lionsgate, Miramax, the Weinstein Company and AMC. He was previously international vice president of Rogers & Cowan Public Relations, head of international marketing for Universal Studios and held similar positions at CBS Theatrical Films and Lorimar Pictures. Before coming to the United States he was director of European publicity and promotion for Columbia Pictures. London born Morpurgo started out in the industry as publicity director at Rank Film Distributors in the U.K. He has lived in half a dozen countries and worked in a dozen more.

Morpurgo is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, sits on the Academy’s Foreign Language Film Committee and is fluent in a number of languages. He is also a member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and of BAFTA/LA. This is his fourth book.


"A thousand times more interesting and sophisticated than today's gossip mongers...You love movies? Don't miss Of Kings and Queens and Movie Stars."
Sid Ganis, Producer and President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

"If you want to know what it's like to be a publicity pro from the days of Cary Grant to George Clooney this is a great read. It is interesting, funny and enlightening."
Robert Dowling, former editor-in-chief and publisher of The Hollywood Reporter

"Told with an engagingly wry and self-deprecating good humor."

Actor Michael York

Michael York at Cannes

Dancing with Ann-Margret in Stockholm

Jack Nicholson

Of Kings and Queens and Movie Stars will be published on May 1st by Global Book Publishers. Order it online at, or at major US book stores.

To learn more about Leonard Morpurgo and his new book visit


"Doing Brunch" with Leonard Morpurgo and his lovely wife
2009 Palm Springs International Film Festival
"Always fun times when Leonard's in the house!" - The Schmoozequeen

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