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Starred Review. Taking on not just a legendary subject, but a legendarily private subject-refusing biographers and TV personalities, Nicholson prefers "the occasional magazine Q&A or quickie newspaper interview"-author and New York Times film writer McDougal (Privileged Son) has turned out a model biography: exhaustive, full of action, and startlingly illuminating. Nicholson-flamboyant yet guarded, outrageous yet articulate, charming yet polarizing-has marched to his own drummer for 50 years, heading up a parade of celebrated films and famous women, eliciting strong opinions in just about everyone; as such, McDougal presents an engrossing showcase of big films and bigger personalities. Following a modest, fatherless New Jersey childhood, Nicholson set out on a California odyssey that would require stamina, guts and luck, as "eking out a living" in the early sixties gave way to the career-making premier of Easy Rider: " 'I had been around long enough to know while sitting in that audience, I had become a movie star.' " Los Angeles plays a starring role, giving Nicholson his wild lifestyle, a loyal, eclectic roster of friends and a long-time neighbor in Marlon Brando. Digging up as many roles offstage as on-hardheaded businessman, softhearted friend, master of rude rejoinders, fanatical sports fan and poetic philosopher-McDougal makes Nicholson's everyday life just as fascinating as his films, which also get considerable, thoughtful attention; in fact, McDougal's research is so deep and detailed, his extensive chapter notes could make a fine book of their own.
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"Dennis McDougal has captured the spirit of the infamously unconventional Hollywood legend" (Daily Express, January 16th 2009) "McDougal does a great job" (Independent, January 23rd 2009) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Editorial Reviews
But not very interesting. Just not enough juice in storytelling, stick to the facts boring too much and not enough reason why we should know whatever.Published 17 months ago by Richard steingesser
Regardless of how much of this book is actually accurate, I found it to be an interesting read. Only Jack knows the real truth but since he's such an fantastic character, it makes... Read morePublished on April 21, 2013 by Christine E. Peard
This summary/bio of Jack Nicholson's career in the movies
is well done, informative and fun to read! Read more
Not having read the book yet, I know it will be quite fascinating. This is one of the finest actors in film. He seems to be anything but dull. Read morePublished on February 8, 2013 by GAYLA SMITH
Five Easy Decades: How Jack Nicholson Became The Biggest Movie Star in Modern Times suggests that this biography just might in fact be a How-To guide. It is not. Read morePublished on January 18, 2011 by Raymond Parker
For those curious about Jack Nicholson, his generation's most mercurial film star, get this book. McDougal manages a critical though unjudgmental examination of Nicholson's... Read morePublished on November 20, 2010 by Timothy S. Hays
IF YOU HAVE SEEN A LOT OF JACK NICHOLSON"S WORK THIS WILL MAKE A GREAT ADDITION
TO HIS WORKS. THANKS AMAZON, & MERCHANT WHO SENT THE BOOK IN A TIMELY MANNER, REGARDS, S