David Wallace has been an active journalist on the national, Colorado, and Southern California scene for many years.
For the decade of the 1980s, he was the National Correspondent for People Weekly, reporting most of their Hollywood celebrity cover stories including many exclusive “scoops” for the multi-million circulation magazine. Among them was the first interview with Robert Wagner and Jill St. John after Natalie Wood's tragic death, and Mel Gibson's first major interview with U.S. media (which became the first of People's celebrated “Sexiest Man Alive” series). He also represented columnist Liz Smith on the West Coast.
In the past, Wallace also wrote extensively for The Denver Post; the Los Angeles Times (primarily entertainment features); Ladies Home Journal; Life; and, from 1995 until 2003, for Colorado Homes & Lifestyles magazine (more than 150 features on home design, decoration, art, travel, and lifestyle plus a regular car column). He also is a recognized classical music critic.
Before his present writing activities, Wallace co-founded New York's Gifford/Wallace publicity and public relations firm, and subsequently founded his own associated firm in Hollywood.
In New York, Gifford/Wallace represented the hugely successful rock musical “Hair” (eventually – with Wallace's continuing association after his move to California – for its entire 10-year run). The firm, hailed by Esquire as “suavely hip,” also represented many other Braodway and Off-Broadway theatrical productions, including the long-running hit “Your Own Thing”; the Fillmore East (the late Bill Graham's famed rock music palace); the Schaefer Music Festival in Central Park; American Ballet Theatre (national representation); Cue magazine; restaurants including the now-legendary Le Mistral and The Ground Floor (CBS chairman William Paley's personal restaurant project); plus numerous personalities including “Hair” producer Michael Butler.
Among Wallace's clients after his move to Hollywood were the California 500 (soon to be the biggest sports event in the West); 20th Century Fox-TV; KLOS-FM (it became Los Angeles' major rock music station); The New York Times Publishing Company; “Hair”; one of the largest art galleries in America (in Santa Fe, NM); and the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra.
“The 1920s’ distinctive cultural creation, the celebrity, is the real star of this gallery of famous New Yorkers. . . . Take Fanny Brice, then a popular comedienne. She was the inspiration for the hit musical and 1968 movie Funny Girl. . . . Others are novelist Anita Loos (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes), mobster Lucky Luciano (The Godfather), and a Harlem nightclub (The Cotton Club). . . . Also including figures from journalism, prostitution, politics, music, and dance, Wallace’s tome recalls the fizz and biz of 1920s publicity.”
“...a great summer read.” —BoweryBoys.com
“...compelling and appealing.... [an] engaging recounting of the era as personified by some of its most colorful characters.” —Sam Roberts, The New York Times
Through enthralling anecdotes and profiles of the city's most influential people of the time—politicians, entertainers, artists, athletes, criminals, and more—a book that shows how 1920s' New York City changed the way we live