Robbins, Harold

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Robbins was born Francis Kane in a New York slum and never knew his parents. He was placed in a Catholic orphanage and had several temporary foster families before finally being adopted by a pharmacist and his wife in 1927.

He made his first fortune by the age of 20, but went bankrupt in few years later. He moved to Hollywood and worked for movie studios there before publishing his first book, Never Love a Stranger, in 1948, the first of many. His novels include The Carpetbaggers (1961), The Inheritors (1969) and The Dream Merchants (1949).

He never achieved critical success, but he became wealthy through his writing and married five times.


Dever, Maria, and Dever, Aileen. Relative Origins: Famous Foster and Adopted People. (Portland: National Book Company, 1992)
Robbins, Grace, with Frank Sanello. Stranger than Fiction: My Wild Life with Harold Robbins. (Los Angeles: General Publishing Group, 1999)
Kuusankosken Kaupunginkirjasto. "Harold Robbins." Available at:


20th Century
Business and Industry
Self-made Men and Women
Formal, American/European-Type Adoption
Birth or Infancy
Others ("Strangers")
Other or Unknown Reasons for Serial Placement
Tracing Impossible or Birth Family Extinct
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