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John Gilmore

Born: Jul 5, 1935

Birthplace: Los Angeles

Profession: Writer

Nationality: United States

John Gilmore

Date of Birth : Jul 5, 1935
Birth Place : Los Angeles

John "Jonathan" Gilmore is an American author and gonzo journalist known for iconoclastic Hollywood memoirs, true crime literature and hard-boiled fiction. A motion picture, television and stage actor in Los Angeles and New York in the 1950s, his friends including James Dean and Marilyn Monroe, Gilmore has also written about his encounter with Elizabeth Short a.k.a. "The Black Dahlia" during his youth. Gilmore emerged as a writer from the Beat Generation in the 60s, influenced by Jack Kerouac and befriended by author William S. Burroughs. The publication of his true crime book "Severed: The True Story of the Black Dahlia," ushered in a cult following for the author. His manuscripts and original writings are housed in the special collections department of the Research Library of the University of California at Los Angeles.


  • Writer
  • Journalist
  • Novelist

Also known as

  • Jonathan Gilmore


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