Gay Talese

Gay Talese

Highest Rated: 100% Everything Is Copy (2016)

Lowest Rated: 78% Page One: Inside the New York Times (2011)

Birthday: Feb 7, 1932

Birthplace: Not Available

An Ocean City, NJ, native, writer Gay Talese penned articles for The New York Times for a decade, then quit -- allegedly because he objected to the selectivity of the periodical and its hypercritical copy editors. Reflecting irony with a gently satirical undercurrent plus meticulous cadence, Talese's work -- particularly the early journalism -- focused on exploring the various perspectives (ethical and otherwise) that could be drawn, relativistically, from a singular event. Talese made journalism history with his early '80s tome Thy Neighbor's Wife, a multimillion-copy best-seller in which he cross-sectioned the 1970s sexual revolution by reportedly climbing inside of "liberated" attitudes and living them out. Cinematically, Talese's work received a single film adaptation -- the telemovie Honor Thy Father (1973), about the day to day of a "typical" Mafia family. It garnered positive reviews when it premiered. The writer also participated in the 2006 documentary Toots (alongside Frank Gifford and others), about the life and career of Manhattan bartender Toots Shor.


Highest Rated Movies



89% The Booksellers Actor 2020
No Score Yet Hope & Fury: MLK, the Movement and the Media Actor 2018
100% Everything Is Copy Actor 2016
96% Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton As Himself Actor 2013
78% Page One: Inside the New York Times Actor $1.1M 2011
100% Toots Actor 2008
No Score Yet Our Contributions: The Italians in America Actor 2004
No Score Yet The Italian Americans Actor 2004


No Score Yet Sunday Morning
Appearing 2017
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
Guest 2016


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