Show Business: The Two Faces of Tom

Teeny-boppers love him. Journalist Marie Brenner describes him as "an utterly charming Irishman who could make you believe just about anything in less than 30 minutes." Composer Elmer Bernstein says: "he possesses a grandeur of vision that is quite staggering." His daughter Teresa, 15, thinks he is "just like a good friend." At first meeting, Tom Laughlin's glittering blue eyes and ready grin make him seem the soul of affability. But beware. The smallest infraction can trip a temper that has become as infamous as Mussolini's. Tom's face grows scarlet, and his voice...

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