RT Book, Whole DB /z-wcorg/ DS http://worldcat.org ID 42291110 LA English T1 The unruly life of Woody Allen : a biography A1 Meade, Marion,, PB Scribner PP New York, N.Y. YR 2000 SN 0684833743 9780684833743 AB "The first independent investigation of Woody Allen, our era's most celebrated, distinctive, and confounding filmmaker, reveals the controversial private life behind the icon." "Marion Meade has tracked down scores of people in Allen's life who have never before spoken to an Allen biographer: boyhood pals; Brooklyn neighbors and teachers; colleagues Buddy Hackett and Mel Brooks from his early career as a television writer and stand-up comic; actors Maureen Stapleton, Max von Sydow, and Bob Hope; director Sydney Pollack; and the film reviewers who have followed his career for decades - Vincent Canby, Roger Ebert, Stanley Kauffmann, Andrew Sarris, and John Simon. She also details the numerous examples of art imitating life in Allen's films, particularly the extraordinary saga behind his marriage to the adopted daughter of his longtime lover, Mia Forrow." "In reconstructing Allen's life, Meade explores the cult of celebrity in America - how it is our own infatuation with the rich and famous that has made it possible for this supremely talented man to shrewdly manipulate both the media and the moviegoing public."--Jacket.