The son of famed writer-director Joseph L. Mankiewics, (All Abut Eve, A Letter to Three Wives, Guys and Dolls, Cleopatra) and the nephew of Citizen Kane screenwriter Herman Mankiewics, Tom Mankiewics (1942-2010) was Hollywood royalty. Humphrey Bogart gave Tom his first drink. He dined with Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor, and spent an evening at the theater with Ava Gardner. His first Hollywood job was as a lowly production assistant on The Commancheros (1961) starring John Wayne, the last film directed by the legendary Michael Curtiz (Casablanca, 1942).
Carrying on the family legacy, Tom became a prolific producer, screenwriter and director, working with, among others, Marlon Brando, Frank Sinatra and Sean Connery.
Tom Mankiewics also inherited, but never broke free, of the standard psychological traumas that comes with life as Hollywood royalty. His mother, actress Rosa Stradner, an alcoholic and schizophrenic, committed suicide, and in Tom’s own words, was the “single most important influence on my life. ” Consequently, Tom spent a lifetime bedding and trying to rescue some of Hollywood’s most troubled young actresses.