The Unruly Life of Woody Allen

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E-Reads, 2010 - 510 pages
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Writer, director, actor, humorist. Woody Allen stands as one of our era's most celebrated artists. Starting in the 1950s, Allen began crafting a larger-than-life neurotic persona that has since entertained and enlightened millions. In his films, widely thought to be autobiographical explorations of his own comic fears and fixations, Allen carefully controlled the public's view of him as a loveable scamp. But, that all came crashing down the day Mia Farrow found a Polaroid on her mantle. What followed was a flurry of sensational headlines and legal battles. His relationship with Soon-Yi Previn, 34 years his junior and the step-daughter of his longtime girlfriend, caused shockwaves in the public's perception of the director. Yet, few biographers and journalists have explored what happened and why. In this, the first deep investigation of Allen's life and the events surrounding his split with Farrow, biographer Marion Meade tracks down dozens of friends, actors, neighbors, and film historians. They open up with insights and details rare in the world of wealth and celebrity. What results is a fascinating portrait of a flawed genius, as adept at constructing his own image as he is at crafting films. Re-released and updated, this is an unauthorized biography that neither Woody Allen's fans nor his detractors will be able to put down.

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Review: The Unruly Life of Woody Allen: A Biography

User Review  - Chris Craddock - Goodreads

A little bit snarky and exploitative but very interesting. Read full review

Review: The Unruly Life of Woody Allen: A Biography

User Review  - Eileenmarie - Goodreads

I liked it; learned a lot about Woody Allen - strange guy. Too much about his deal with Mia Farrow, but hey that is a big part of what happened to him. I love his work, and his most recent movies are ... Read full review

About the author (2010)

MARION MEADE is the author of Dorothy Parker: What Fresh Hell Is This? and Bobbed Hair and Bathtub Gin: Writers Running Wild in the Twenties. She has also written biographies of Woody Allen, Buster Keaton, Eleanor of Aquitaine, Madame Blavatsky, and Victoria Woodhull, as well as two novels about medieval France.

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