Gregory Peck: A Charmed Life (Google eBook)

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Da Capo Press, Apr 27, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 480 pages
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His first screen test was a disaster, his features were large and irregular, his left ear outsized the right, yet he would one day be headlined as the Most Handsome Man in the World. And most of his leading ladies--among them, Ingrid Bergman, Jennifer Jones, Audrey Hepburn, Sophia Loren, and Ava Gardner--would not disagree.
Irreverent, candid, refreshingly honest, Lynn Haney's carefully researched biography not only charts the remarkable career of the Oscar-winning star but also plumbs Peck's frequently troubling complexity in his off-screen roles as husband, father, lover, and son. About the tough times, Haney minces no words; but the misfortunes by no means eclipse the energy, intensity, and excitement that characterized Peck's five decades of moviemaking. This is a book filled with telling photographs, and a story cast with movie moguls from Louis B. Mayer to Darryl Zanuck, with directors from Hitchcock and Walsh to Huston and Wyler, with nearly every major luminary in Hollywood, and, starring for the first time in toto, Gregory Peck.
  

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Review: Gregory Peck: A Charmed Life

User Review  - Ruth - Goodreads

Extremely well written (save for the fact that the author insists on calling her subject 'Greg' throughout) and well researched biography about Gregory Peck. It's respectful and warm, but well balanced too, with lots of information about Peck's films. Highly recommended for any fans! Read full review

Review: Gregory Peck: A Charmed Life

User Review  - Colette - Goodreads

Good Biography on a great actor! Read full review

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Contents

CHAPTER ONE Rising Star
1
CHAPTER TWO Early Days
31
CHAPTER THREE Growing Up
49
CHAPTER FOUR Call of the Stage
71
CHAPTER FIVE Tinseltown
97
CHAPTER SIX Leading Ladies
111
CHAPTER SEVEN Animal Magnetism
124
CHAPTER EIGHT Ungentlemanly Behavior
142
CHAPTER TWELVE Gentleman Hero
205
CHAPTER FOURTEEN Wrestling with Demons
232
CHAPTER FIFTEEN Perils of Producing
255
CHAPTER SIXTEEN Role of a Lifetime
280
CHAPTER SEVENTEEN Antiheroes
313
CHAPTER EIGHTEEN Power Players
338
CHAPTER NINETEEN Picking up the Pieces
361
CHAPTER TWENTY Magnificent Survivor
390

CHAPTER NINE Trouble in Paradise
163
CHAPTER ELEVEN The Heart of the Matter
186

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About the author (2009)

Lynn Haney is the author of Naked at the Feast: A Biography of Josephine Baker and ten other books. She became friends with Gregory Peck during her employment at the National Endowment for the Arts, and she has worked at CBS Television News and the New York Times. She lives in Guilford, Connecticut.