Twilight Man

William Andrews Clark Jr. was a notable man, especially exhibiting influence in Los Angeles, California. He descended from wealth and helped establish major institutions, such as the LA Philharmonic and the Hollywood Bowl. Though his front-facing personality was serious and astute, author Liz Brown paints a curious and intriguing portrait of Clark that the public did not get to see.

In Twilight Man: Love and Ruin in the Shadows of Hollywood and the Clark Empire, Brown brings old Hollywood to life to paint a more complicated portrayal of Clark. In addition to his professional achievements, Brown brings Clark’s various relationships and other secrets to the foreground. Clark’s sudden passing also left much chaos and confusion in his absence.

Brown, Clark’s great-grandniece, wrote Twilight Man to document a biography of Clark in addition to exploring his fascinating legacy as part of an American dynasty.


Twilight Man: Love and Ruin in the Shadows of Hollywood and the Clark Empire is available for purchase via Penguin Random House.

About Annette Bochenek

Dr. Annette Bochenek of Chicago, Illinois, is an avid scholar of Hollywood’s Golden Age. She manages the Hometowns to Hollywood blog, in which she writes about her trips exploring the legacies and hometowns of Golden Age stars. Annette also hosts the “Hometowns to Hollywood” film series throughout the Chicago area. She has been featured on Turner Classic Movies and is the president of TCM Backlot’s Chicago chapter. In addition to writing for TCM Backlot, she also writes for Classic Movie Hub, Silent Film Quarterly, Nostalgia Digest, and Chicago Art Deco Society Magazine.
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