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Clint Eastwood : a biography

Author: Richard Schickel
Publisher: New York : Knopf, 1996.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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This volume is a biography of American actor and director Clint Eastwood (b. 1930). Based on personal conversations with Eastwood, and interviews with friends, colleagues and family members, the author provides a candid and close-up portrait of Eastwood. Readers see the boy, Clint, regularly changing homes and schools as his family struggles to overcome the hardships of the Depression. We watch a restless West Coast  Read more...
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Schickel, Richard.
Clint Eastwood.
New York : Knopf, 1996
(OCoLC)605228928
Named Person: Clint Eastwood; Clint Eastwood, Schauspieler.
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Richard Schickel
ISBN: 0679429743 9780679429746 0099312816 9780099312819
OCLC Number: 35096096
Description: viii, 557 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Contents: Prologue : straight strands --
Nothing for nothing --
Kind of a magic life --
Refined, ambitious and cooperative --
Idiot of the plains --
Breaking all the rules --
"What would you rather be? --
Lessness is bestiless --
I'm an actor, you know --
Shady habits, archaic responses --
Authoritative normalcy --
A labor of love --
I'm who I want to be --
My father's dream --
The moth side --
Fringed out --
Lucky in the order --
Natural eminence --
Epilogue : the back nine --
Filmography (1955-96).
Responsibility: Richard Schickel.
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This volume is a biography of American actor and director Clint Eastwood (b. 1930). Based on personal conversations with Eastwood, and interviews with friends, colleagues and family members, the author provides a candid and close-up portrait of Eastwood. Readers see the boy, Clint, regularly changing homes and schools as his family struggles to overcome the hardships of the Depression. We watch a restless West Coast adolescent obsessed with cars and jazz turn into an angry young man going through years of frustration and rejection as he tries to establish himself as an actor. After Eastwood achieves star status in the television series Rawhide, we witness him making the daring choices that propel him first to international stardom - the decision to make a spaghetti western (Sergio Leone's A Fistful of Dollars) - and then to superstardom as the controversial Dirty Harry. He traces, too, the emergence of Eastwood the director, from modest beginnings (Play Misty for Me) through increasingly complex and ambitious films such as The Outlaw Josey Wales and Bronco Billy to the Oscar-winning success of Unforgiven. And finally Eastwood becomes not only one of the most admired figures in his profession, but an American icon. Here is the essential Eastwood, caught in action as he directs and stars in some of his most important movies, reflecting on what is unquestionably a remarkable career. Here is Eastwood describing his feelings about his own work, about his unwillingness to settle for the roles he knows he can play and his desire to challenge himself; about films and filmmakers, directors, actors and actresses; about his family; about what he has accomplished and what he hopes to accomplish.

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