Burt Lancaster: An American Life

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Aurum, 2008 - Motion picture actors and actresses - 447 pages
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Now in paperback, here is the critically acclaimed, best-selling biography of one of Hollywood's legendary stars. Burt Lancaster is known to audiences around the world as the electrifying performer of "Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, From Here to Eternity, "and "Birdman of Alcatraz, " among many others. Kate Buford brings to life his vivid, memorable on-screen presence as well as the off-screen life he kept intensely private. The first writer to win cooperation from Lancaster's widow and close friends, Buford has written the intimate story of one of the last great unexamined Hollywood lives, capturing both the golden boy and the husband, philanderer, and sometime bisexual. Buford's portrait is compelling, comprehensive, intelligent--and definitive.

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Review: Burt Lancaster: An American Life

User Review  - Barry Hammond - Goodreads

Many movie-goers pictured Burt Lancaster as an athletic hunk with a big smile but, as with many things in Hollywood, the truth is more elusive. He was a college graduate before he became a circus ... Read full review

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User Review  - Sean Wicks - Goodreads

I'm never sure if these movie star bios are meant to bring these legends down to earth, or create even more of a mythic stature by making their ordinary lives seem larger-than-life. I'm a big admirer ... Read full review

About the author (2008)

Buford, a commentator for National Public Radio's Morn

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