Robert Evans was the film producer turned myth maker who brought classics such as The Godfather, Rosemary’s Baby and Chinatown to the screen. By the end of a life that was both glorious and turbulent, he’d ensured Hollywood would never be the same again.
Robert Evans reads a script at his Beverly Hills home in 1969 (Photo courtesy of Getty)

Scott Fitzgerald once wrote that “there are no second acts in American lives”; the film producer Robert Evans would beg to differ. The life of Evans, who died in October 2019 aged 89, had a pristine Hollywood three-act structure, full of twists and tragic flaws. As head of Paramount, he produced some of the most admired American films ever, married seven times, and was a hypnotic raconteur with a unique sense of style. But he was also ostracised from the film business for a catalogue of terrible decisions. Evans had elements of both Fitzgerald and Gatsby: addictive, charming, contradictory, prodigious and tantalisingly unfulfilled.


July 2020


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