"An actor is at most a poet, and at least an entertainer."

Legendary Hollywood method actor who broke out in the early 50s. Appeared in two Elia Kazan films, A Streetcar Named Desire and On the Waterfont, of which he won an Academy Award for. Brando is also known for his role as Don Vito Corleone in The Godfather. Knows Carmen thanks to being her leading man in the film, Vienna.

Historical character; artistic licensing/alternate history taken for the Crime & Beauty series. "Vienna" has been substituted for "On the Waterfront", including its subsequent award wins. In the Crime & Beauty novels, Frank Sinatra instead takes on the role as Terry Malloy in "On the Waterfront". Historically, the role was guaranteed to Sinatra, had Marlon Brando continued his refusal to take the role away from him.


"I hated Hollywood. It's a town without pity. I know of no other place in the world where so many people suffer from nervous breakdowns, where there are so many alcoholics, neurotics, and so much unhappiness."

Another famous blonde bombshell of Hollywood's Golden Age. Also known as 'America's Princess', due to her highly publicized marriage to the Prince of Monaco. She was most famous her role in Alfred Hitchock's film, Dial M for Murder, as well as her controversial relationship with him. Like Marilyn and Carmen, she was also a victim of the casting couch, but had little qualms over it. In fact, Carmen had an intense dislike for her to the point that the two became the next 'Joan Crawford & Bette Davis' in terms of Hollywood rivalries.

Historical character; minor character


"The word 'gratitude' is not part of the Hollywood dictionary."

Head of Columbia Pictures, and mob associate of the Chicago Outfit. He was a complete, dirty bastard to the following Hollywood starlets: Marilyn Monroe, Rita Hayworth, Joan Crawford, and Kim Novak. Notoriously known as 'King of the Casting Couch' due to his sexual harassment. Unfortunately, Carmen fell victim to this.

Historical character; minor character

"I want to be an artist, not an erotic freak. I don’t want to be sold to the public as a celluloid aphrodisiac."

Famous blonde bombshell of the 1950s & 60s, most famous for her role in 'Gentllemen Prefer Blondes'. Also a mob associate of the Chicago Outfit. She got her start with Harry Cohn, through the sponsor of the Chicago Outfit, although it was quite controversial. She was as much as a victim of the casting couch as Carmen was. She was also the one to warn her about the dark side of Hollywood.

Historical character; minor character

"I spent a great deal of time with Che Guevara while I was in Havana. I believe he was far less a mercenary than he was a freedom fighter."

Irish actress, and probably the most famous red-headed leading lady in film history. Considered one of the greatest beauties of the Golden Age of Hollywood, thanks to her rare genetic combo of red hair and green eyes. O'Hara was in Cuba during the Spring and Summer of 1959 for her role in the filming of Our Man in Havana. Cuban dictator, Fidel Castro, occasionally visited the set, and invited the crew to a celebration at the Hotel Nacional, after filming wrapped up. Carmen meets O'Hara during said celebration.

Historical character; minor character

"You treat a lady like a dame, and a dame like a lady."

One of the best-known and best-loved Jazz singers in the history of American popular music. His music and voice are among the most recognizable in the world, and his work has been featured in numerous other media. Also has strong ties to several Mafia members, although it's impossible to say where the truth ends and fantasy begins. Rumor has it that the Johnny Fontaine character in The Godfather was based on Sinatra's mob troubles in securing his role From Here to Eternity.

Historical character; minor character