Ernie: The Autobiography (Google eBook)

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Kensington Publishing Corp., Aug 1, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 272 pages
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We wept at his Oscar-winning role in Marty. . .we gasped when he took on Frank Sinatra in From Here to Eternity. . .we were riveted by his compelling performances in The Dirty Dozen, Bad Day at Black Rock, and Ice Station Zebra. . .and we laughed at his television sitcom McHale's Navy. We loved all of Ernest Borgnine's many portrayals, but what did we know about the man behind the famous roles? Now for the first time, he tells us in his own words the fascinating story of his life in this witty, candid, and revealing memoir.

For more than fifty years, Ernest--or "Ernie" as he's known to his friends--has been one of the most recognized, celebrated stars in Hollywood as well as a respected, talented actor, and a living legend. Stretching from his childhood as the son of Italian immigrants to a spectacular career that is still thriving in his 91st year, from the early days of live TV to the voiceovers for The Simpsons and SpongeBob SquarePants, Ernie tells of the trials and tribulations on his road to fame, the friendships he shared with some of the silver screen's biggest stars, and the glamorous leading ladies he loved.

Acclaimed for his ability to play sensitive and tough-guy roles equally well, he was also famous for squaring off against some of Hollywood's most formidable actresses--including Bette Davis in A Catered Affair and Joan Crawford in Johnny Guitar. Recalling his experiences starring in classic movies such as The Poseidon Adventure, The Wild Bunch, and Escape from New York, he reveals personal insights and irresistible stories about cinema's greatest icons--including Spencer Tracy, James Stewart, Kirk Douglas, Montgomery Clift, Gary Cooper, Janet Leigh, Raquel Welch, Gene Hackman, Rock Hudson, Sammy Davis, Jr., Tony Curtis, Alan Ladd, Glenn Ford, and Burt Lancaster. And with characteristic frankness, he also talks about his off-screen loves and passions.

A must for every film buff, Ernie: An Autobiography is a fascinating memoir--filled with secrets, well-remembered details, and never-before-told stories--of a star who has thrived in the changing world of Hollywood for more than half a century, and endeared himself to legions of fans everywhere.

"(Borgnine's) anecdotes are gleefully self-deprecating. . .he comes off as the kind of guy you'd like to have a beer with." --NY Post

"With astute observations on the Hollywood hierarchy and tales about everyone from Lee Marvin and Steve McQueen to Bette Davis and Kim Novak, (Borgnine) writes with an unassuming, no-nonsense tone. His love of filmmaking and his respect for his fellow actors permeates the pages of this engaging and satisfying memoir." --Publishers Weekly

"Modest and sweet. . .nicely boiled. Borgnine neither lashes out nor pulls punches." --Entertainment Weekly

"Now for the first time, (Borgnine) tells us in his own words the fascinating story of his life in this witty, candid, and revealing memoir. A must for every film buff. Fascinating. . .filled with secrets, well-remembered details, and never-before-told stories--of a star who has thrived in the changing world of Hollywood for more than half a century, and endeared himself to legions of fans everywhere." --Turner Classic Movies, TCM.com

". . .a satisfying detailed account of a decades-long career that also included memorable roles in durable blockbusters like The Wild Bunch and The Poseidon Adventure. He comes across as an unspoiled, nice guy who enjoyed his success. . .One of the finest unghosted Hollywood autobiographies." --ALA Booklist

"A super read. . .Ernie: The Autobiography by Ernest Borgnine is as nifty as he is." --Cindy Adams, NY Post

  

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Review: Ernie: The Autobiography

User Review  - April - Goodreads

I learned more about Ernie than I could have imagined. Read full review

Review: Ernie: The Autobiography

User Review  - Elaine - Goodreads

I found this to be a very readable book & very enjoyable. It sounded just like Ernie was talking to me. Don't know when I've enjoyed reading a bio this much. It is a little coarse in spots but not overly so. Read full review

Contents

In the Beginning
1
Welcome to America
3
Back Home
9
Connecticut Memories
11
A Little Family History
19
Borgnines Navy
25
Adventures at Sea
30
Home Again but Not for Long
42
Everythings Coming Up RosesNot
142
The Fourth Estate
147
Back to the Big Screen
150
Back in the Saddle BigTime
158
Things Go Downhill for a While
163
Clowning Around
172
The Poseidon Adventure 1972
174
Havin More Fun
180

Postwar Blues
48
All the World Really Is a Stage
53
Escape to New York
61
Escape to L A
68
From Here to Eternity and Beyond
73
Go West Young Family
81
Good Day at Black Rock
91
Several Close Calls
96
Oscar and Me
102
A Piece of No Action
107
Talkin Pictures Part One
111
Talkin Pictures Part Two
121
Abroad
129
McHales Navy Is Launched
135
Tova
186
This n That
189
Back in the Sandals Again
195
Sam Peckinpah Again and Beyond
201
A Couple of Good Friends
208
Back to Work
216
Going Home to TV
223
And Now for Some Things Completely Different
228
More Special Folk
232
Dedicated to the Ones I Love
239
Odds and the End
243
Acknowledgments
247
Index
249
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