A Biography

Book - 2013
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Publisher: New York : Crown Archetype, 2013
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780307888372
Branch Call Number: BIO Nicholson
Characteristics: x, 351 pages, [16] p. of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm


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Jun 05, 2015

Interesting book about Jack and independent films and that movement which began in the 60s. His rise to stardom and how. Covers the 60s, through 00s. A must read for any fan. East to read.

Feb 20, 2014

1/2 star . For five decades, Jack Nicholson has been part of film history. With twelve Oscar nominations to his credit and legendary roles in films like Easy Rider, Five Easy Pieces, Terms of Endearment, The Shining, and One Flew Over the Cuckoo?s Nest, Nicholson creates original, memorable characters like no other actor of his generation. And his personal life has been no less of an adventure?Nicholson has always been at the center of the Hollywood elite and has courted some of the most famous and beautiful women in the world. From Nicholson?s working class childhood in New Jersey, where family secrets threatened to tear his family apart, to raucous nights on the town with Warren Beatty and tumultuous relationships with starlets like Michelle Phillips, Anjelica Huston, and Lara Flynn Boyle, to movie sets working with such legendary directors and costars as Dennis Hopper, Stanley Kubrick, Meryl Streep, and Roman Polanski, Eliot paints a picture of of Nicholson?s fifty-year career in film, as well as an intimate portrait of his personal life. ***** WOW!! What a terrible book!! He slept with this woman and then he did this movie and then he slept with this woman... ad nauseum. For me Jack Nicholson has acted in some of my favorite films like "Five Easy Pieces" and "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest". I admired his acting in some of these roles, but I never necessarily liked the people he played and I was always left with the feeling that I would not like Jack Nicholson if I met him. I had hoped that this biography might offer some ameliorating features of his personality that would show him in a better light. WRONG!! He is presented as a narcissistic misogynist. Poorly written!! A waste of my time! I am glad I have never met Jack Nicholson.


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