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Anthony Hopkins: The Unauthorized Biography Hardcover – April, 1994


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The first life study of a hot older actor, written by a biographer to the stars (he's done Sean Connery, Julie Christie, and Richard Harris).
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Callan (who has written biographies of Sean Connery, Julie Christie, and Richard Harris) presents the star of Silence of the Lambs as someone who was under the influence of alcohol for years. As a boy, Hopkins was alternately withdrawn and rebellious, characteristics he exhibited through much of his life. He had early stage successes, but for years fell short of the big American film success he so desired, the reason apparently being that, with booze, he was "committing suicide on the installment plan." At the age of 38, he heard the "voice of God," renounced his drinking, and joined Alcoholics Anonymous. His larger accomplishments on the big screen took a number of years, but he was sober when he achieved them. Sound familiar in this age of glamorized excess, recovery, and subsequent prosperity? Yes, but Callan's book is well done, never gossipy or snippy. Brian McCombie
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 359 pages
  • Publisher: Scribner; Reprint edition (April 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0684196794
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684196794
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 6.8 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,708,447 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Michael Feeney Callan was born and educated in Dublin, Ireland. He started publishing poetry in his teens and won the Hennessy Literary Award for his short fiction. Anthologised in Best Irish Short Stories (Elek, 1977), he joined BBC TV Drama as a story editor and wrote for TV series in Ireland, the UK and the US. His has published novels, the volumes of poems Fifty Fingers and An Argument for Sin, and biographies of Sean Connery, Anthony Hopkins and Richard Harris. His authorized biography of Robert Redford, published by Knopf in 2011, was a New York Times bestseller and has been translated into ten languages. As a filmmaker, he has directed documentaries, including The Beach Boys Today, for RTE in Ireland.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer on January 22, 2000
Format: Hardcover
An amazing depiction of Hopkins, I got what I wanted out of it! Unlike most biographies, this one was a keeper. It was a page-turner, especially if you are interested in Hopkins. I just wish it was more up to date!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 2, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I've always found biographies to be a bit on the dry/boring side, this one, however, is not. There was not a boring page in this book. I enjoyed it immensely and could barely bring myself to put it down. This biography covers Mr. Hopkins life from birth through his success in Silence of the Lambs. It gives you an in depth look at his youth/childhood/formative years, as well as following his every career move. It was definitely a worth while read.
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