Opening Shots: The Unusual, Unexpected, Potentially Career-threatening First Roles that Launched the Careers of 70 Hollywood Stars

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Workman Pub., 1994 - Motion picture acting. - 395 pages
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It's one of Hollywood's favorite myths: the unknown discovered at Scwab's who overnight becomes America's new star. But the reality of breaking into the movies is much chancier, and for the reader, a lot more entertaining. There's Jeff Goldblum rampaging for five minutes as Freak #1 in "Death Wish" (1974). Bette Davis playing the good sister in "Bad Sister" (1931). Kevin Kostner turning up in a soft-core drive-in special called "Sizzle Beach, U.S.A." (1978), and Melanie Griffith as a precociously sexual Beverly Hills teen in the moody classic "Night Moves" (1973). In this compulsively readable book of film lore, Damien Bona chronicles the debuts of over 70 Hollywood stars - warts and all. It's better than popcorn.

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