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Marlon Brando (Penguin Lives Series)
Marlon Brando (Penguin Lives Series)
 
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Author : Patricia Bosworth
Publisher : Penguin Group (USA)
ISBN# : 9780670882366
Pages : 240
Price :INR 828
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Patricia Bosworth is an acclaimed biographer whose classic work on the life of Montgomery Clift was praised by Newsweek as ""the best film star biography in years."" Her firsthand knowledge of the entertainment industry infuses her writing with an intimacy and vividness The Washington Post Book World calls ""extraordinary."" In Marlon Brando , she evokes the magnetic sexuality, passion, and vulnerability of the icon and the man.

Following its subject from the moody Oklahoma teenager to the Method-trained star to the eccentric recluse of his later years, Marlon Brando offers a penetrating look at the actors evolving persona: the volcanic Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire , the sensitive rebel in The Wild Ones , the iconic Don Corleone in The Godfather . Bosworth probes Brandos alcoholic parents influence on his acting, his decades of psychoanalysis, and his tumultuous personal relationships. Here, from rebellious unknown to reluctant idol to falling star, is the complex charismatic genius who changed the face of acting.

Author Biography: Patricia Bosworths books include her critically acclaimed biographies of Diane Arbus and Montgomery Clift and a memoir, Anything Your Little Heart Desires . She is a contributing editor of Vanity Fair and writes regularly for The New York Times and Mirabella .


Ever wonder how much of Brando was in Stanley Kowalski? When Brandos alcoholic mother followed him to New York, he would come over and urinate in her kitchen sink to annoy her, as she would complain to anyone who would listen, ""why doesnt he stop this shit?"" Acclaimed as a great, even magnificent actor after his Broadway debut in Streetcar Named Desire, only to ride a roller-coaster of artistic highs and lows since, Brando embodies all of the glories and contradictions of the American star/artist. Bosworth, author of acclaimed biographies of Diane Arbus and Montgomery Clift, has written an informative biography of Brando that, because of the limited format of the Penguin Lives series, hints at but cannot do justice to the great unruliness of Brandos career and life. She provides a fine, detailed sketch of his New York days when he took acting classes with ""Harry Belafonte, Elaine Stritch, Gene Saks, Shelley Winters, Rod Steiger and Kim Stanley,"" and presents a great portrait of the craziness on the set of Last Tango in Paris (co-star Maria Schneider announced that they got along ""because were both bisexual""). But in only 228 pages, she cant approach the complexity of her earlier work. Yet even with these limitations, the book offers a vivid reminder of the personal and professional highlights of Brandos life, including his disastrous marriage to Anna Kashfi and its effect on his son, and how he resurrected his career (which had barely survived 10 flops) with Francis Ford Coppolas The Godfather. (Sept.) Forecast: Given Bosworths prominence and past critical acclaim and the intrinsic interest of her subject this book is unlikely to be ignored. Copyright 2001 Cahners BusinessInformation.

MARLON BRANDO (PENGUIN LIVES), CHAPTER ONE

CHAPTER 1

MARLON BRANDO, nicknamed Bud, was born on April 3, 1924, in Omaha, Nebraska. At the time much of the state was recovering from a grasshopper plague that had turned the sky green. Enormous humming clouds ate all the crops and left the fields and gardens brown and bare.

Brando was the only son of Dorothy (""Dodie"") Pennebaker, a radiant, unconventional blonde of Irish heritage, and Marlon Brando, Sr., a salesman for Western Limestone products, whod inherited a violent temper and martinet ways from his father, Eugene Brandeaux, of French Alsatian extraction. Senior changed his name to Brando shortly before he married Dodie on June 22, 1918. They had had a passionate courtship, starting in high school, and had writ

 
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