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I Blame Dennis Hopper: And Other Stories from a Life Lived In and Out of the Movies Hardcover – Deckle Edge, November 3, 2015
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An Entertainment Weekly Best Pop-Culture Book of 2015!
"In this sublime series of essays, Douglas revels in her dual roles as both participant and observer, never losing her awe of the actors and directors she has met along the way.Funny, candid, juicy, gossipy, Douglas’ insider look at the film industry charms with its “pinch me, I’m dreaming” sweetness while imparting hard-won and valuable lessons about following one’s true calling."
-Booklist, Starred Review
"In other words, she's got seriously good stories to tell in these chatty, heartfelt essays" - Kim Hubbard, People Magazine
"It’s Douglas’ head-over-heels madness for the movies that illuminates the text like a projector bulb through a filmstrip, from her parents’ decision to run a hippie commune after being bewitched by Dennis Hopper in Easy Rider, to Douglas’ own obsession with actors like Lee Marvin and Richard Dreyfuss, to her sometimes “delusional” confidence that she was born to be a star. Douglas recounts her life and work with a perfect mix of self-deprecation and glowing pride. Reading it feels like listening to the magnetic storyteller herself―and it’s enough to make you fall in love too. A–" - Entertainment Weekly
"Humorous, delightful, and wholly entertaining. Douglas delves into all the wonderfully serendipitous tales that got her to the place she as a child always wanted to be, all while charming the hell out of us." - Elle Magazine
“Illeana Douglas takes you through her years in Hollywood and beyond the same way she experienced them - by happy, hilarious accident. The revelations fly off the pages of this book are cringe-inducing, gut-busting and terrifying, usually all at once.” ―Patton Oswalt, New York Times bestselling author of ZOMBIE, SPACESHIP, WASTELAND
“I've talked to Illeana Douglas about her life. Her family roots are crazy, groovy, harsh and a bit glamorous. I'm thrilled she's wrangled that into prose form. She's quirky, hilarious and deep. I love her. I've always loved her. Haven't we all?” ―Marc Maron, Comedian and bestselling author of Attempting Normal
“Illeana Douglas is an incredibly talented, smart and funny storyteller. This book is compelling to read from start to finish. She either knows or has worked with so many significant names in film, that in researching, she broke my IMDB.” ―Bob Saget, actor and author of the New York Times bestselling memoir Dirty Daddy
“Illeana asked me for a quote, so I suggested about a hundred dollars....Illeana is not only a child of the movies, but also a grandchild. She writes beautifully and movingly about how she came to be who she is.” ―Eric Idle, Founding member of Monty Python and Tony Award winning writer of Spamalot
“Illeana has done what no other movie memoir has ever achieved; she takes us on a journey through the personal, the chaotic, the droll, the ecstatic, the hilarious, the surreal and moving life in moving pictures, hers, and ours. As beautiful as it is exhilarating, I Blame Dennis Hopper not only gives us a rich texture of the life of an American girl coming of age in a wild time, but the most perfect look I've ever read of life on the set through a filmmakers eye. Gorgeous.” ―Allison Anders, Award-winning director of Grace of My Heart and Gas Food Lodging
“I Blame Dennis Hopper is genius. I couldn't put it down. It was like having a great companion. Illeana completely captures the enchantment of film in a charming and hilarious way. More than that, it reminded me of my own passion for movies and of acting. Very, very inspirational.” ―Jeff Goldblum
“Illeana is far beyond just an actress, she's a student of all things cinema. This book is funny, poignant, and at moments, surprising. This is definitely one of those times where you should read the book before you see the movie. (See what I did there?)” ―Adam Carolla, New York Times bestselling author of Not Taco Bell Material and President Me
“I devoured this book as if it were a giant box of popcorn! It isn't easy to put your thoughts, hopes, dreams, and disappointments into words, but Illeana Douglas has done it with equal parts candor and humor. Best of all, she details the special relationship she had with her grandfather, the great Melvyn Douglas-including the time she got to visit him on the set of Being There. I thoroughly enjoyed this disarming memoir.” ―Leonard Maltin, film critic and bestselling author
“Illeana has always been known as the thinking man's sex symbol. This book makes it clear why.” ―James Woods
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Top Customer Reviews
This is an insider's memoir with great practical advice, but Illeana's essays on actors and films make it clear that she is equal parts obsessive fan, like me. And she has gumption: I loved her teenage stories about trying to break into showbiz, which are straight out of the Lucille Ricardo playbook from I Love Lucy. Illeana's lust for life makes her a natural storyteller, and her philosophy of living hers as if it were the ultimate flick is inspiring in a non-new-age way. She name checks Peter Sellers, Liza Minnelli, the Three Stooges, Robert De Niro and many other colorful supporting characters along her crazy trip, and you will never guess who saves our heroine: (SPOILER ALERT!) Mr. Easy Rider himself.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Always a fan of Illeana's work, I was so excited to find out that she's a terrific writer too! The prose jumps off the page in a manner where any lover of words can appreciate her... Read morePublished 4 days ago by SubDeacon
What a fun read. I want to know her! So sorry when I came to the end of the book. I hope she continues to write.Published 9 days ago by Montana Reader
I read alot of biographies, /autobiographies, this one was probably my favorite. From the very beginning to the end I was Captivated. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Lauri Janover
She writes well and it is not a typical autobiography. She basically tells stories, often amusing stories, about her film experiences. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Jake
One person's journey following her dream! She had the courage and fortitude to overcome obstacles to stay on track to realize her dreams!Published 1 month ago by Jim R. Chambless
Brilliant. Funny. Smart. Such a wonderful story about a journey through life from such an interesting perspective. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Richard Martini
Great book! Funny and informative, not your run of the mill Hollywood expose. Illeana is an individual who loves film and the people behind the scenes, and illustrates her... Read morePublished 1 month ago by TomSlick