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Bonnie Says: Watch HBO's 'Smash His Camera' Documentary About The Pope Of Paparazzi — Ron Gallela!

Mon, June 7, 2010 12:50pm EDT by 1 Comment
Courtesy of 'Smash His Camera'

Courtesy of 'Smash His Camera'

Stars may complain about them, but us editors and reporters in the celebrity journalism world know the real truth — most celebrities secretly love the paparazzi.

They know that without the flashbulbs that document their lives — they would soon become far less than famous. And if they’re not famous and don’t have fans, they won’t get as many of the juicy roles and fat paychecks that most of them love!

Just wait till you see — and you should if you love celebs — Smash His Camera — is the fascinating story of the world’s most infamous paparazzo, Ron Galella.

Gallella, a burly, energetic, bold and incredibly enterprising photographer, earned his fame, obsessively photographing former first lady Jaqueline Kennedy Onassis and her children John Jr. and Caroline.

Thanks to his brilliant photojournalism, we actually got to know Jackie as a real life woman and loving mother who nevertheless took Ron to court in landmark freedom of the press court cases.

Now 77 and still working his craft, Galella has amassed over 3 million extraordinary images of the superstars of the last 50 years. Michael Jackson, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie , Marlon Brando — who punched him and broke his jaw — Princess Diana, Elizabeth Taylor, Frank Sinatra, Robert Redford and Paul Newman — all were his subjects.

If you have paparazzi career dreams of your own — Galella gives you all his insider tips — how he “forged credentials”, wore disguises and snuck in to high profile events.

Trust me, you will be completely glued to your TV watching Smash His Camera — Mon. June 7, at 9pm EST, HBO.

Oh, and I’m actually in it too!

–Bonnie Fuller

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