Leslie Stevens Goes to Hollywood

Daystar Productions, Kate Manx and the Making of Private Property

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About the Book

Because of the ongoing popularity of Leslie Stevens’ 1960s television masterwork The Outer Limits, as well as later series creations Battlestar Galactica and Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, many casual television fans are still familiar with his name. Despite this, very little writing exists on his earlier Broadway contributions or his seminal film and television production company, Daystar Productions. Steven’s personal life also remains relatively unknown.
This biography focuses on the origins of Daystar Productions as well as Stevens’ first years in Hollywood when he was married to the lovely and tragic actress, Kate Manx. After meeting Manx in 1957, Stevens took her with him to Los Angeles and quickly refashioned her into a dramatic film actress who would soon star in his startling and disturbing debut film, Private Property. That film, which Stevens made for a mere $40,000, would go on to gross several million dollars and open the doors to Hollywood for Manx and co-star Warren Oates. While Oates prospered, Manx was unable to sustain her brief success in Private Property and her life soon spiraled out of control.

About the Author(s)

Dore Page worked for years in publishing as a typographer and researcher. She has also written several well received articles on the first modern era of independent Hollywood filmmaking, (circa 1947 through 1964).

Bibliographic Details

Dore Page
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2020
pISBN: 978-1-4766-7748-4
eISBN: 978-1-4766-4022-8
Imprint: McFarland

Book Reviews & Awards

“Beautiful, gorgeous stuff here. A wonderful disentanglement of Leslie Stevens’ early years in Hollywood; outlining what is essentially a wistfully sad story about power grabs and over reaching ambitions. Page’s writing is illuminating and exciting. Job well done.”—David J. Schow, screenwriter, film historian, author of The Outer Limits Companion