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Burt Lancaster: An American Life

Burt Lancaster: An American Life Best Read || [Kate Buford] - Burt Lancaster: An American Life, Burt Lancaster An American Life Now in paperback here is the critically acclaimed best selling biography of one of Hollywood s legendary stars Burt Lancaster is known to audiences around the world as the electrifying performer of

  • Title: Burt Lancaster: An American Life
  • Author: Kate Buford
  • ISBN: 9780306810190
  • Page: 373
  • Format: Paperback

Burt Lancaster: An American Life Best Read || [Kate Buford], Burt Lancaster: An American Life, Kate Buford, Burt Lancaster An American Life Now in paperback here is the critically acclaimed best selling biography of one of Hollywood s legendary stars Burt Lancaster is known to audiences around the world as the electrifying performer of Gunfight at the O K Corral From Here to Eternity and Birdman of Alcatraz among many others Kate Buford brings to life his vivid memorable on screen presence as wel Burt Lancaster: An American Life Best Read || [Kate Buford] - Burt Lancaster: An American Life, Burt Lancaster An American Life Now in paperback here is the critically acclaimed best selling biography of one of Hollywood s legendary stars Burt Lancaster is known to audiences around the world as the electrifying performer of

  • Burt Lancaster: An American Life Best Read || [Kate Buford]
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Burt Lancaster: An American Life

About "Kate Buford"

  1. Kate Buford

    I was born and grew up in California, and later went to school at Trinity College, Dublin, and Columbia After a first career as a law librarian on Wall Street, I became a writer BURT LANCASTER AN AMERICAN LIFE Knopf, 2000 was my first book, followed by NATIVE AMERICAN SON THE LIFE AND SPORTING LEGEND OF JIM THORPE Knopf, 2010 I live in Virginia and New York.Writing narrative nonfiction is a grueling but rewarding task My two biographies are serious, literary treatments of iconic Americans performing in two of the most popular American pastimes the movies and sports I relish going deep into the psyches and backgrounds of people who may be widely known in the popular culture but not truly understood or respected Both Jim Thorpe and Burt Lancaster lived fascinating, eventful lives that left a formative mark on todays sports and movies, respectively Their pursuit and achievement of excellencewith all the attendant struggles and triumphsis inspiring And illuminating popular culture is who we are, and the we learn about its pioneers the we can appreciate these universal passions of our timeand thus, ourselves.

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  1. Biographies of Hollywood actors are often quite dull, as are their subjects, once stripped of their god like screen mystique Bogie, for example , but Lancaster s biography is a superb account of the life of a complex and intelligent movie star I always loved Lancaster for his great, effortless physical grace and power, in such films like Trapeze, Brute Force and Crimson Pirate all exemplars of what Pauline Kael called Hunkus Americanus At the same time, he was also brilliant in Sweet Smell of Su [...]


  2. Burt Lancaster was a major Hollywood star, won an Oscar and nominated for others, and a political activist He doesn t come off as a likeable person, though He could be domineering, a misogynist, and angry He stayed married to a severe alcholic, but strayed in is marriage He loved his children, but overwhelmed them with expectations to be like him He could make great movies and duds This books shows us all his sides and profiles one of the most important actors of his generation.Interesting.


  3. Good, solid bio on an actor producer multi hyphenate who was constantly pushing himself towards new horizons all the way up to the end This was a substantial, comprehensive book which probably could have been shaved down by a third and still have been good The only thing about Kate Buford s writing that irked me to no end were her detailed, spoiler happy rehashes of the plots of Lancaster s movies most of which ultimately don t add much to his life story.


  4. I would have thought this would have been an impossible biography to write Burt Lancaster was just so large But this book made me feel as though I knew him in all his facets, or many of his facets This was a true pleasure to read.


  5. Lancaster was a major Hollywood star whose sense of justice showed both in his life and on screen, where he often chose projects that challenged the status quo.


  6. I m never sure if these movie star bios are meant to bring these legends down to earth, or create even of a mythic stature by making their ordinary lives seem larger than life I m a big admirer of Lancaster s work, and that admiration grows even so as time passes I lived in Los Angeles when he died, and the day after played a pick up game of softball next to the Hillside Golf Course where he spent a lot of his free time, especially later in life I remember thinking about that as I played ball [...]


  7. This is a really difficult book to review It is really well written, but I often felt while reading it that the research was not all it could have been given the huge list of references at the back this might seem strange For example Burt made three films with my all time favourite actress Ava Gardner, but she barely gets a mention In these three was his first film, The Killers, but there is very little detail Another problem I had with it was with the discussion of his sexuality It was almost w [...]


  8. Many movie goers pictured Burt Lancaster as an athletic hunk with a big smile but, as with many things in Hollywood, the truth is elusive He was a college graduate before he became a circus performer and an actor that was always trying to redefine and escape any images that he created He was also one of the first actors to branch out into independent production and also one of the first to win a production Oscar for a movie he didn t star in Marty 1955 Unlike many heroic stars at the time, he w [...]


  9. Like watching a newly minted print of The Sweet Smell of Success, you cannot help but reevaluate Lancaster after reading this book He sometimes plays to the rafters in his broader roles, but he was also one of the first successful independent film producers, carefully followed a plan of one hit film to one that he wanted to do for most of his career sound like Johnny Depp s business plan to anyone else , and had a thirst for knowledge and tolerance that was is admirable I highly recommend this b [...]





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