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“If there is a celebrity today who merits the spadework of an unauthorized Morton biography, it’s Jolie, with a potential audience that includes just about anyone who has gone through a supermarket checkout line in the last decade, glanced at tabloid headlines about Angelina, say, open- mouth kissing her brother or swapping vials of blood with Billy Bob Thornton and wondered: “What was she thinking?”
If there’s anyone to blame here, according to this book, it’s the parents, since the bitter relationship between actor Jon Voight and Marcia Lynne (later Marcheline) Bertrand runs as a subplot throughout. Her father left Bertrand for another woman when Angelina was 2, and her mother/manager is portrayed as vacillating between being a laissez-faire hippie mother and a pushy sort of stage mom who, according to Morton, tried — among other things — to push her daughter into a relationship with Mick Jagger.
It’s at this point [after Jolie and Brad Pitt come together] that the book seems to move into hyperdrive, with endless rounds of globe-trotting, location shooting, child-acquiring and philanthropic efforts. But the faster it seems to move, the harder it is to put down. Maybe that’s because, like salt, we have a craving for explanation, for back story, and Morton’s book offers a satisfying dose of both. While the healthier approach might be to limit the intake by vowing to pick it up occasionally and flip to the index for a snippet like: “Haven, James…relationship with” or “United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees,“ that’s not likely to happen.
Chances are you won’t be able to put this book down until your mouth is dry and your blood pressure is racing.” —Los AngelesTimes
Andrew Morton is one of the world's best-known biographers and a leading authority on modern celebrity. His groundbreaking biography Diana: Her True Story was a #1 New York Times bestseller, as was Monica's Story, an authorized biography of Monica Lewinsky, and Tom Cruise: An Unauthorized Biography. The winner of numerous awards, including Author of the Year, his other New York Times bestsellers include an unauthorized biography of Madonna, as well as William & Catherine: Their Story. He lives in London.
Fun For Lots Of Movies Growing Up With ! Also Fun For Lots Of Tijd-bits ! Especially For The Whole Culture Shock ! Still Managed less Then A Week To Read ! Good Book ! Read morePublished 7 months ago by t49y
I really enjoyed this biography. Even though its unauthorized.Published 8 months ago by Maria Galvan
This is Molly Sherry reviewing this book. All in all I thought it was a good read...I tend to like anything Andrew Morton writes. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Mark Sherry
I love the pictures in the book. Some I had never seen before. I was entertained reading all the gossip about angelina. It shows another side to her life.Published 10 months ago by Caridad
Not the best book I've ever read, not the worst. I know people who have been in movies with her and said there were "issues", and wanted to read a little more about her. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Shirley S
Disappointed in Morton. It seems his research was based from tabloids and the likes; so superficial. Read morePublished 13 months ago by j'aimelire
boring..........................boring..................boring..........................boring.............. Can't say much as after a few pages, couldn't even read anymore. Read morePublished 17 months ago by NIKKI