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Bill Duke : my 40-year career on screen and behind the camera

Author: Bill Duke
Publisher: Lanham, Maryland : Rowman & Littlefield, [2018]
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This is the memoir of Bill Duke, one of the first--and few--African Americans to direct for both television and feature films. Duke recalls his childhood, the importance of his family and mentors, and the challenges he faced as an African American--to not only achieve success as an actor, but more significantly as a director in a very white Hollywood"--
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Genre/Form: Autobiographies
Biography
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Duke, Bill, 1943- author.
My 40-year career on screen and behind the camera
Lanham : Rowman & Littlefield, [2018]
(DLC) 2018041219
Named Person: Bill Duke; Bill Duke
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Bill Duke
ISBN: 9781538105559 1538105551
OCLC Number: 1050144144
Notes: Includes index.
Description: xiv, 201 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Part I. Childhood. Wyatt Jones Beer Garden ; Little Black Sambo ; Understanding hate --
Part II. A growing mind. Finding the skips ; Poetic license ; The awakening ; Higher learning ; A tumultuous time --
Part III. Success and failure. 1968 : the death of courage ; Inspirations and aspirations ; A pool of regret ; Meditation --
Part IV. My career. Acting out ; Directing Hollywood --
Part V. No conclusions. The rainbow bridge ; Now what? --
Epilogue : a life of lessons.
Other Titles: My forty year career on screen and behind the camera
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