Five Easy Decades: How Jack Nicholson Became the Biggest Movie Star in Modern Times
Five Easy Decades
Unconventional, uninhibited, and unrestrained, Jack Nicholson is both a famous and infamous pop-culture icon known for his romantic escapades, his hair-trigger temper, and his love affair with the L.A. Lakers. Now, this candid, probing biography gives you a spellbinding, incisive look at the megawatt Method actor with the enigmatic Cheshire cat grin.
Jack rose to fame with portrayals of antiheros ranging from the demented, demonic, and despicable to characters who were somehow lovable in spite of their eccentricities. He has won three Oscars and seven Golden Globes, but beyond the accolades and his trademark shades is a man who remains largely unknowable. His bad-boy image masks a complicated past, a complex present, half adozen children, an art collection, and real estate and business empires that have made him one of the world's wealthiest entertainers.
Author Dennis McDougal, a veteran journalist with access to Hollywood's heavy hitters, has scoured public records extending back to the 1930s, spent hundreds of hours in film and public libraries, and interviewed scores of friends, associates, and family who Jack either didn't know or forgot long ago, to create a brutally honest account of Jack's life that unflinchingly recounts the good, the bad, and the just plain unfathomable.
In many ways, Jack's story mirrors that of Hollywood. For fifty years—from J. J. Gittes to the Joker; Easy Rider to Five Easy Pieces; The Shining, Terms of Endearment, and A Few Good Men to As Good as It Gets and The Departed—his life and career reflect the shifting fortunes of an industry that set the cultural pace for America, and then the world. Find out how it all happened, year by year, film by film, through triumph and trauma, in Five Easy Decades.
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Review: Five Easy Decades: How Jack Nicholson Became the Biggest Movie Star in Modern TimesUser Review - Dvir Oren - Goodreads
Didn't find much info on the book online. So can't say much about the book. I did notice how long it took him to be successful as an actor, practically over 13 years until he caught some attention and was noticed. Persistance and mastery it seems :) Read full review
Review: Five Easy Decades: How Jack Nicholson Became the Biggest Movie Star in Modern TimesUser Review - David - Goodreads
Articulate look into the life and work of one of cinema's most endearing and revered actors. Read full review