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Star: How Warren Beatty Seduced America
By David Drummond (narrator) and Peter Biskind
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Publisher Tantor Media Inc
Publication date January 25, 2010
Binding CD/Spoken Word
Edition Unabridged
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9781400145744
ISBN-10 1400145740
Dimensions 1.75 by 6.75 by 6.75 in.
Weight 1.15 lbs.
Original list price $109.99
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Amazon.com description: Product Description: Famously a playboy, Warren Beatty has also been one of the most ambitious and successful stars in Hollywood. Several Beatty films have passed the test of time, from "Bonnie and Clyde" (which confirmed for him the importance of controlling the projects he was involved in) to "Shampoo," "Heaven Can Wait," "Reds" (for which he won the best director Oscar), "Bugsy," and "Bulworth." Few filmgoers realize that along with Orson Welles, Beatty is the only person ever nominated for four Academy Awards for a single film--and unlike Welles, Beatty did it twice, with "Heaven Can Wait" and "Reds." Peter Biskind shows how Beatty used star power, commercial success, savvy, and charm to bend Hollywood moguls to his will, establishing an unprecedented level of independence while still working within the studio system. Beatty's private life has been the subject of gossip for decades, and "Star" confirms his status as Hollywood's leading man in the bedroom, describing his affairs with Joan Collins, Natalie Wood, Leslie Caron, Julie Christie, Michelle Phillips, Diane Keaton, and Madonna, among many others. Throughout his career, Beatty has demonstrated a fascination for politics. He was influential in the 1984 and 1988 presidential campaigns of Gary Hart. It was said of Hart and Beatty that each wanted to be the other, and Biskind shows that there was considerable truth in that wry observation. As recently as a few years ago, Beatty was speaking out about California politics and contemplating a run for governor. Biskind explains how Beatty exercised unique control, often hiring screenwriters out of his own pocket (and frequently collaborating with them), producing, directing, and acting in his own films, becoming an auteur before anyone in Hollywood knew what the word meant. Warren Beatty comes to life--complete with excess.

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