Clint: The Life and Legend

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Macmillan, Aug 19, 2002 - Biography & Autobiography - 612 pages
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Like The Man With No Name, one of his most famous roles, Clint Eastwood has always had an aura of tight-lipped mystery. He has long been an internationally famous star, first of television and then of the movies, and he has more recently joined a select group of Oscar-winning actor-directors, including Orson Welles, Charlie Chaplin and Woody Allen.

But the real Clint has always been an enigma-until now. With this gripping and scrupulously researched biography, Patrick McGilligan, one of America's top film writers, has revealed the man behind the indelible image.

Throughout his remarkable near-half century career, Eastwood has tended to play characters who are cold, hard and morally ambiguous-from Sergio Leone's "spaghetti westerns" through Hang Em High and Dirty Harry to In the Line of Fire and Unforgiven. No star is more the hero to his audience: a symbol of simple solutions, law & order, and rebellion against bureaucracy. But offscreen, Clint Eastwood has always been an arch manipulator: of women, friends and colleagues, publicity and finance.

Always even-handed, managing to steer clear of both fawning over and unfair excoriation of its fascinating subject, this biography sheds definitive light on Clint as actor, director and human being.
  

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Film historian McGilligan has written about Cagney, Cukor, and Nicholson, and now he turns his pen to Clint Eastwood, who has scrupulously protected his privacy over his long career. McGilligan has ... Read full review

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This book is an apparently balqanced review. But is Clint different than what he appears to be in his publicity? An interesting read. J. Robert Ewbank author "John Wesley, Natural Man, and the 'Isms'" Read full review

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Contents

List of Illustrations ix
1
The Shitty Years
24
Clints Luck
57
The Rowdy Years
100
The Greening of Clint
139
BlueCollar Clint
177
Shades of Clint
414
Clints New Clothes
462
Afterword 542
342
Television 573
373
Copyright

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About the author (2002)

Patrick McGilligan is one of America's leading film biographers and historians. His previous books include highly praised biographies of Jack Nicholson, Robert Altman, Fritz Lang and George Cukor. He lives in Milwaukee with his wife and three children.

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