PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR TO THE STARS.Byline: - Bob Strauss
Want to hear some real L.A. confidential? Ask Don Crutchfield, private detective to the stars, at 7 tonight at Borders bookstore, 125 W. Thousand Oaks Thousand Oaks, residential city (1990 pop. 104,352), Ventura co., S Calif., in a farm area; inc. 1964. Avocados, citrus, vegetables, strawberries, and nursery products are grown. Blvd. in Thousand Oaks.
Crutchfield's book ``Confessions of a Hollywood P.I.,'' co-written with Gene Busnar, details the detective's wide range of celebrity cases involving everyone from Marilyn Monroe, Judy Garland and the Beatles to Michael Jackson, Roseanne and O.J. Simpson. Subtitled ``Case File: Babes in Babylon,'' the book places special emphasis on Crutchfield's poignant, usually losing battles to save the children of Marlon Brando, Charles Bronson, Carroll O'Connor and others from the ruinous ru·in·ous
1. Causing or apt to cause ruin; destructive.
2. Falling to ruin; dilapidated or decayed.
ru effects of drugs.
An entertaining raconteur rac·on·teur
One who tells stories and anecdotes with skill and wit.
[French, from raconter, to relate, from Old French : re-, re- + aconter, and lifelong investigator, Crutchfield traces his interest in show biz back to his own Culver City childhood, when he'd sneak onto the MGM MGM
in full Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc.
U.S. corporation and film studio. It was formed when the film distributor Marcus Loew, who bought Metro Pictures in 1920, merged it with the Goldwyn production company in 1924 and with Louis B. Mayer Pictures in 1925. backlot backlot
an area outside a film or television studio used for outdoor filming with his buddies to play cops and robbers.
``I never grew up,'' Crutchfield says. ``I'm still playing cops and robbers.''
The detective will discuss stories in his book and address current celebrity scandals, as well as provide insights into how tabloids and more legitimate media spin the truth. Of course, he'll answer your most prurient pru·ri·ent
1. Inordinately interested in matters of sex; lascivious.
a. Characterized by an inordinate interest in sex: prurient thoughts.
b. questions if he can.
But don't get the wrong idea.
``People who come to the signing are going to see a guy who cares very much about his work,'' he says, ``and about the kids, not only in Hollywood but all over. All my stories are true. This is not a nasty, tell-all book, but it does set the record straight. Some of the people who have been ridiculous are pointed out - people who have done things that are not acceptable.''
Crutchfield will also be appearing at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Village Books, 1049 Swarthmore Ave. in Pacific Palisades Palisades, cliffs along the west bank of the Hudson River, NE N.J. and SE N.Y., extending from N of Jersey City, N.J., to the vicinity of Piermont, N.Y., with a general altitude of from 350 ft to 550 ft (107–168 m). .
Photo: no caption (Book cover - Confessions of a Hollywood P.I.)