The Last Playboy Dashing, swarthy, and hip as a swizzle stick, Dominican gadabout Porfirio Rubirosa gave society columnists endless fodder during his '40s and '50s heyday. Thanks to… The Last Playboy Dashing, swarthy, and hip as a swizzle stick, Dominican gadabout Porfirio Rubirosa gave society columnists endless fodder during his '40s and '50s heyday. Thanks to… 2005-09-01 Biography Nonfiction Fourth Estate
Book Review

The Last Playboy (2005)

EW's GRADE
A-

Details Release Date: Sep 01, 2005; Writer: Shawn Levy; Genres: Biography, Nonfiction; Publisher: Fourth Estate

Dashing, swarthy, and hip as a swizzle stick, Dominican gadabout Porfirio Rubirosa gave society columnists endless fodder during his '40s and '50s heyday. Thanks to Shawn Levy's meticulous research and well-honed imagination, the swaggering heartbreaker — who romanced Zsa Zsa Gabor, married Barbara Hutton, and charmed Doris Duke out of a French manse — comes back to full-bodied life. ''He was an ideal of the part, the very image of the Latin lover,'' writes Levy, ''and the world ate it up.'' He was also a longtime foot soldier for murderous Dominican dictator Rafael Trujillo and lived under a cloud of suspicion for decades. Levy makes Playboy both a fitting elegy for a forgotten boldfaced name and a thoughtful study of mid-20th-century Pan-American politics.

Originally posted Sep 16, 2005 Published in issue #841 Sep 23, 2005 Order article reprints