Peter Manso, Mailer and Brando’s biographer, dies at age 80


Writer Peter Manso has passed away at the age of 80 after making a name for himself through his extensively researched books, articles and biographies.

TRURO, Mass. – Peter Manso, writer and longtime Cape Cod resident known for his extensive books and research articles, including biographies on Norman Mailer and Marlon Brando, has passed away. He was 80 years old.

His wife, Anna Avellar, told the Cape Cod Times that Manso probably died of a heart attack. He passed away on Wednesday.

Manso has conducted hundreds of interviews for his bulky Brando and Mailer biographies, the newspaper reported. As a journalist, he featured Arnold Schwarzenegger, Roy Cohn and other famous personalities for publications like Playboy, Vanity Fair, The New York Times and Politico.

Manso has been embedded in the social and literary life of Provincetown for many years and has closely followed the trial of Christa Worthington, a fashion writer who was killed in the nearby town of Truro in 2002.

The book he wrote on the case, “Reasonable Doubt: The Fashion Writer, Cape Cod and the Trial of Chris McCowen” argued that McCowen, who is black, did not get a fair trial because of his race and criticized the prosecutor, the newspaper reported at the time it was published. McCowen was sentenced to life in prison without parole.

Manso attended Antioch College and Johns Hopkins University and received his doctorate. in English from the University of California at Berkeley, the newspaper reported.

Survivors include her brother, Victor; step-sons Chad and Anson Avellar; and grandchildren Kupala and Aaron Avellar.

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