"Born To Be Hurt" is the first in-depth account of director Sirk's masterpiece starring Lana Turner and Juanita Moore. On the brink of personal and professional ruin after the Johnny Stompanato murder of the year before, Turner's turn as actress Lora Meredith brought her back from potential career obscurity. African-American actress Moore played her servant and dearest friend. Both earned Oscar nominations for their performances. Boppy Sandra Dee, as a cute co-ed, and smouldering Susan Kohner, as a black girl passing for white, played the next generation - the daughters who would break their mother's hearts...or have their hearts broken. Both Moore and Kohner earned Best Supporting Actress nominations for their performances. Staggs combines vast research, extensive interviews with surviving cast members and a passionate devotion to the film into a masterpiece of film writing.
Sam Staggs is the author of four film books, including "Close-Up""on Sunset""Boulevard "and "When Blanche Met Brando" The Scandalous Story of "A Streetcar Named Desire." He has written for a variety of publications, including "Vanity Fair" and "Architectural""Digest." He lives in Dallas, Texas.