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Robin Williams

Robin Williams Author Emily Herbert
ISBN-10 1784183008
Release 2014-10
Pages 244
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At midday on 11 August 2014, much-loved comedian Robin Williams was pronounced dead at his California home. From Mrs Doubtfire, Jumanji and Aladdin to Good WillHunting and Dead Poets Society, Robin Williams brought laughter - and deep joy - to a generation. Robin Williams was sparklingly funny, a lightning-fast omproviser and a wonderful comic. But what touched millions of people was the warmth and compassion he exuded. The deeply tragic manner in which he took his own life has come as a shock to the world and caused people to wonder about the desperately troubled life behind the laughter he gave to millions.



Robin Williams

Robin Williams Author Andy Dougan
ISBN-10 1560252138
Release 1999-08-22
Pages 266
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A biography written with the benefit of interviews with the actor himself, as well as his co-stars and longtime friends, chronicles his isolated childhood, his rise to fame, and his battle against drug addiction



Robin

Robin Author Dave Itzkoff
ISBN-10 9781627794251
Release 2018-05-15
Pages 400
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From New York Times culture reporter Dave Itzkoff, the definitive biography of Robin Williams – a compelling portrait of one of America’s most beloved and misunderstood entertainers. From his rapid-fire stand-up comedy riffs to his breakout role in Mork & Mindy and his Academy Award-winning performance in Good Will Hunting, Robin Williams was a singularly innovative and beloved entertainer. He often came across as a man possessed, holding forth on culture and politics while mixing in personal revelations – all with mercurial, tongue-twisting intensity as he inhabited and shed one character after another with lightning speed. But as Dave Itzkoff shows in this revelatory biography, Williams’s comic brilliance masked a deep well of conflicting emotions and self-doubt, which he drew upon in his comedy and in celebrated films like Dead Poets Society; Good Morning, Vietnam; The Fisher King; Aladdin; and Mrs. Doubtfire, where he showcased his limitless gift for improvisation to bring to life a wide range of characters. And in Good Will Hunting he gave an intense and controlled performance that revealed the true range of his talent. Itzkoff also shows how Williams struggled mightily with addiction and depression – topics he discussed openly while performing and during interviews – and with a debilitating condition at the end of his life that affected him in ways his fans never knew. Drawing on more than a hundred original interviews with family, friends, and colleagues, as well as extensive archival research, Robin is a fresh and original look at a man whose work touched so many lives.



Robin Williams

Robin Williams Author Arthur Grace
ISBN-10 9781619028029
Release 2016-07-18
Pages 192
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I had always thought that when I was around 84 and Robin was 80 we could collaborate on a book about the golden years of his career where he could look at my photographs and reminisce about the events and his feelings at the time. Unfortunately, that book was never to be . . . . Photographer Arthur Grace first met Robin Williams in April 1986, at a comedy club in Pittsburgh where Williams was working to polish what would eventually become his award-winning special “Evening at the Met”. The two hit it off immediately, and thus blossomed a close friendship that carried them through their increasingly successful careers. Told through a series of stunning photographs of Williams taken by Grace over the course of this decades-long partnership, Robin Williams: A Singular Portrait offers a touching and up-close look at the real Robin Williams—the manic and happy, the pensive and weary, the engaged and disengaged, a true portrait of one of America’s greatest comics and most beloved actors. For the millions of people around the globe that Robin Williams has touched, these images, more than 150 photographs, a glorious mixture of stunning color and resonating black and white presented in exhibit format, will be something to embrace and cherish, not simply because of their exclusivity, but because of their intimacy and their honesty.



Eddie Redmayne

Eddie Redmayne Author Emily Herbet
ISBN-10 1784188131
Release 2015-11
Pages 288
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In February 2015, when Eddie Redmayne won the Best Actor Oscar for his portrayal of Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything, it was the ultimate accolade for an actor who has thrilled audiences since bursting onto the scene a decade earlier. From indie stage productions to Hollywood blockbusters, he has shown himself capable of tackling a huge variety of roles while cultivating a huge and devoted fan following known as "Redmayniacs." This book delves into the past of the hugely popular star, from his wealthy and privileged origins to a tentative entry into the London theater scene to the heights of an international film career. Now married to his childhood sweetheart Hannah Bagshawe, Eddie has also been linked to a string of beautiful women before settling down. This book unearths little known facts about Eddie, such as his acting debut in Animal Ark, his London stage work while at university, when he was discovered by Mark Rylance, with whom he has often been compared, and his groundbreaking work in films that confront explicit taboos. An outstanding member of an exciting new generation of actors, Eddie looks set to dominate the entertainment industry for decades to come.



Bruno Mars

Bruno Mars Author Emily Herbert
ISBN-10 9781783230501
Release 2014-05-12
Pages 224
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Bruno Mars conquered the music industry with far-reaching flair, selling over 115 million records worldwide as a singer, producer and as a songwriter. Bruno Mars, the book, documents his childhood in Honolulu and how he found fame from the age of four, before spreading his wings and scaling the seemingly unassailable stronghold of the music industry.



Lion of Hollywood

Lion of Hollywood Author Scott Eyman
ISBN-10 1439107912
Release 2008-06-23
Pages 608
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Lion of Hollywood is the definitive biography of Louis B. Mayer, the chief of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer—MGM—the biggest and most successful film studio of Hollywood’s Golden Age. An immigrant from tsarist Russia, Mayer began in the film business as an exhibitor but soon migrated to where the action and the power were—Hollywood. Through sheer force of energy and foresight, he turned his own modest studio into MGM, where he became the most powerful man in Hollywood, bending the film business to his will. He made great films, including the fabulous MGM musicals, and he made great stars: Garbo, Gable, Garland, and dozens of others. Through the enormously successful Andy Hardy series, Mayer purveyed family values to America. At the same time, he used his influence to place a federal judge on the bench, pay off local officials, cover up his stars’ indiscretions and, on occasion, arrange marriages for gay stars. Mayer rose from his impoverished childhood to become at one time the highest-paid executive in America. Despite his power and money, Mayer suffered some significant losses. He had two daughters: Irene, who married David O. Selznick, and Edie, who married producer William Goetz. He would eventually fall out with Edie and divorce his wife, Margaret, ending his life alienated from most of his family. His chief assistant, Irving Thalberg, was his closest business partner, but they quarreled frequently, and Thalberg’s early death left Mayer without his most trusted associate. As Mayer grew older, his politics became increasingly reactionary, and he found himself politically isolated within Hollywood’s small conservative community. Lion of Hollywood is a three-dimensional biography of a figure often caricatured and vilified as the paragon of the studio system. Mayer could be arrogant and tyrannical, but under his leadership MGM made such unforgettable films as The Big Parade, Ninotchka, The Wizard of Oz, Meet Me in St. Louis, and An American in Paris. Film historian Scott Eyman interviewed more than 150 people and researched some previously unavailable archives to write this major new biography of a man who defined an industry and an era.



The Robin Williams Scrapbook

The Robin Williams Scrapbook Author Stephen J. Spignesi
ISBN-10 080651891X
Release 1997-01-01
Pages 197
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Examines the comedian's career, including his stand-up comedy, his television work, and his movie career.



Cronkite

Cronkite Author Douglas Brinkley
ISBN-10 9780062196637
Release 2012-05-29
Pages 864
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Douglas Brinkley presents the definitive, revealing biography of an American legend: renowned news anchor Walter Cronkite. An acclaimed author and historian, Brinkley has drawn upon recently disclosed letters, diaries, and other artifacts at the recently opened Cronkite Archive to bring detail and depth to this deeply personal portrait. He also interviewed nearly two hundred of Cronkite’s closest friends and colleagues, including Andy Rooney, Leslie Stahl, Barbara Walters, Dan Rather, Brian Williams, Les Moonves, Christiane Amanpour, Katie Couric, Bob Schieffer, Ted Turner, Jimmy Buffett, and Morley Safer, using their voices to instill dignity and humanity in this study of one of America’s most beloved and trusted public figures.



Here s the Deal

Here s the Deal Author Howie Mandel
ISBN-10 0553907247
Release 2009-11-24
Pages 240
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NATIONAL BESTSELLER An engaging no-holds-barred memoir that reveals Howie Mandel’s ongoing struggle with OCD and ADHD—and how it has shaped his life Howie Mandel is one of the most recognizable names in entertainment. But there are aspects of his personal and professional life he’s never talked about publicly—until now. Twelve years ago, Mandel first told the world about his “germophobia.” He’s recently started discussing his adult ADHD as well. Now, for the first time, he reveals the details of his struggle with these challenging disorders. He speaks candidly about the ways his condition has affected his personal life—as a son, husband, and father of three. Along the way, the versatile performer reveals “the deal” behind his remarkable rise through the show-business ranks, sharing never-before-told anecdotes about his career. As heartfelt as it is hilarious, Here’s the Deal: Don’t Touch Me is the story of one man’s effort to draw comic inspiration out of his darkest, most vulnerable places.



Robin Williams Speaking

Robin Williams Speaking Author Sreechinth C
ISBN-10 1541145658
Release 2016-12-16
Pages 78
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Starting career as a standup comedian, the Oscar Award winner Robin Williams became an icon of Hollywood's comedy renaissance. The alien character Mork in the show 'Mork & Mindy', gave him the break through to the big screen and debuted with 'Popeye' in 1980. Amidst the successful career, he had a tumultuous personal life. Addiction to alcohol and drugs and also involvements in several relationships challenged his off-screen life. But his on screen gaga continued with 'One Hour Photo', 'Man of the Year' and 'The Night Listener'. In 2008, he set on a tour with the one-man comedy show, 'Weapons of Self Destruction'. His wonderful career came to an end as he bid adieu the world in August 11, 2014. In this book 'Robin Williams Speaking', we have the everlasting words of this funny man that everyone loves with.



Marilyn

Marilyn Author Gloria Steinem
ISBN-10 9781453295335
Release 2013-03-19
Pages 182
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Gloria Steinem’s insightful and uniquely sensitive account of Hollywood’s brightest star from the Golden Age Few books have altered the perception of a celebrity as much as Marilyn. Gloria Steinem reveals that behind the familiar sex symbol lay a tortured spirit with powerful charisma, intelligence, and complexity. The book delves into a topic many other writers have ignored—that of Norma Jeane, the young girl who grew up with an unstable mother, constant shuffling between foster homes, and abuse. Steinem evocatively recreates that world, connecting it to the fragile adult persona of Marilyn Monroe. Her compelling text draws on a long, private interview Monroe gave to photographer George Barris, part of an intended joint project begun during Monroe’s last summer. Steinem’s Marilyn also includes Barris’s extraordinary portraits of Monroe, taken just weeks before the star’s death.



Robin Williams

Robin Williams Author Associated Press
ISBN-10 1633532372
Release 2015-09-20
Pages 165
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Suffering from depression, this improvisational comedian and actor ended his life on August 11, 2014. Remembered for his many live, film, and television roles from stand-up comedian to Mork & Mindy, to Good Morning, Vietnam to his Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in Good Will Hunting, Robin Williams is missed. The Associated Press follows his great career through the eyes of its reporters and cameras.



I m Chevy Chase and You re Not

I m Chevy Chase     and You re Not Author Rena Fruchter
ISBN-10 9780753521144
Release 2013-01-17
Pages 256
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Chevy Chase is a much-loved Hollywood star. His success as a writer and actor on Saturday Night Live in the 70s made him a household name. It had been a long, hard route to the top for Chevy. Behind the fame lay a childhood riddled with abuse. But his remarkable strength and determination helped him rise above it and find his talent as an actor, writer, comedian, and musician. Best known for his role in the National Lampoon Vacation series Chevy has starred in some of the greatest comedies of our time. His latest film, Funny Money, received critical acclaim at the Sarasota Film Festival. Now, for the first time, Chevy speaks openly and candidly about his career, his personal struggle with drugs, his friendship with three American Presidents, and his family life. Honest, funny and informative, this is the complex and fascinating world of Chevy Chase.



Not Dead Yet

Not Dead Yet Author Phil Collins
ISBN-10 9781101907481
Release 2017-09-12
Pages 384
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Phil Collins pulls no punches--about himself, his life, or the ecstasy and heartbreak that's inspired his music. In his much-awaited memoir, Not Dead Yet, he tells the story of his epic career, with an auspicious debut at age 11 in a crowd shot from the Beatles' legendary film A Hard Day's Night. A drummer since almost before he could walk, Collins received on the job training in the seedy, thrilling bars and clubs of 1960s swinging London before finally landing the drum seat in Genesis. Soon, he would step into the spotlight on vocals after the departure of Peter Gabriel and begin to stockpile the songs that would rocket him to international fame with the release of Face Value and "In the Air Tonight." Whether he's recalling jamming with Eric Clapton and Robert Plant, pulling together a big band fronted by Tony Bennett, or writing the music for Disney's smash-hit animated Tarzan, Collins's storytelling chops never waver. And of course he answers the pressing question on everyone's mind: just what does "Sussudio" mean? Not Dead Yet is Phil Collins's candid, witty, unvarnished story of the songs and shows, the hits and pans, his marriages and divorces, the ascents to the top of the charts and into the tabloid headlines. As one of only three musicians to sell 100 million records both in a group and as a solo artist, Collins breathes rare air, but has never lost his touch at crafting songs from the heart that touch listeners around the globe. That same touch is on magnificent display here, especially as he unfolds his harrowing descent into darkness after his "official" retirement in 2007, and the profound, enduring love that helped save him. This is Phil Collins as you've always known him, but also as you've never heard him before.



Nicholson

Nicholson Author Marc Eliot
ISBN-10 9780307888396
Release 2013-10-29
Pages 368
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THE GROUNDBREAKING NEW BIOGRAPHY OF A MAN WITH ONE OF THE MOST ICONIC AND FASCINATING CAREERS—AND LIVES—IN HOLLYWOOD. For five decades, Jack Nicholson has been part of film history. With twelve Oscar nominations to his credit and legendary roles in films like Easy Rider, Five Easy Pieces, Terms of Endearment, The Shining, and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Nicholson creates original, memorable characters like no other actor of his generation. And his personal life has been no less of an adventure—Nicholson has always been at the center of the Hollywood elite and has courted some of the most famous and beautiful women in the world. Relying on years of extensive research and interviews with insiders who know Nicholson best, acclaimed biographer Marc Eliot sheds new light on Nicholson's life on and off the screen. From Nicholson’s working class childhood in New Jersey, where family secrets threatened to tear his family apart, to raucous nights on the town with Warren Beatty and tumultuous relationships with starlets like Michelle Phillips, Anjelica Huston, and Lara Flynn Boyle, to movie sets working with such legendary directors and costars as Dennis Hopper, Stanley Kubrick, Meryl Streep, and Roman Polanski, Eliot paints a sweeping picture of the breadth of Nicholson’s fifty-year career in film, as well as an intimate portrait of his personal life. Equally at home on the bookshelves of serious film historians and fans of compulsively readable Hollywood biographies, Nicholson is both a comprehensive tribute to a film legend and an entertaining look at a truly remarkable life.



A Spectacle of Dust

A Spectacle of Dust Author Pete Postlethwaite
ISBN-10 9780297864943
Release 2011-06-23
Pages 288
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Vibrant and candid memoirs of the late, great British character actor, Pete Postlethwaite. After training as a teacher, Pete Postlethwaite started his acting career at the Liverpool Everyman Theatre where his colleagues included Bill Nighy, Jonathan Pryce, Antony Sher and Julie Walters. After routine early appearances in small parts for television programmes such as THE PROFESSIONALS, Postlethwaite's first success came with the acclaimed British film DISTANT VOICES, STILL LIVES in 1988. He then received an Academy Award nomination for his role in THE NAME OF THE FATHER in 1993. His performance as the mysterious lawyer "Kobayashi" in THE USUAL SUSPECTS is well-known, and he appeared in many successful films including ALIEN 3, BRASSED OFF, THE SHIPPING NEWS, THE CONSTANT GARDENER, as Friar Lawrence in Baz Luhrmann's ROMEO + JULIET, and in INCEPTION with Leonardo diCaprio. Pete Postlethwaite was one of the best-loved and widely admired performers on stage, TV (SHARPE, THE SINS) and in cinema. In THE ART OF DISCWORLD, Terry Pratchett said that he had always imagined Sam Vimes as 'a younger, slightly bulkier version of Pete Postlethwaite', while Steven Spielberg called him 'the best actor in the world', about which Postlethwaite said: 'I'm sure what Spielberg actually said was, "the thing about Pete is that he thinks he's the best actor in the world."' This is the story of a diverse and multi-talented actor's eventful life, told in his own candid and vibrant words.