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North of Hollywood [Kindle Edition]

Rick Lenz
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Book Description


For many years a working
actor, Lenz has written a space ride through the mind of an actor who finds success,
loses it, then discovers something better. On the surface, a memoir, North of
Hollywood is more accurately described as a non-fiction novel, a flight through
success, hilarity, heartbreak, and joy.

Praise for North of Hollywood:

 "A touching bittersweet remembrance... breathtaking..."


"Enchantingly written with a sure hand and a knowing eye."


"I love the book! Insightful, honest, wise, and charming!"


"An actor's intimate, sometimes hilarious, sometimes touching and always honest account of making a living while living next to Hollywood legends."


"An essential book for anyone who has ever said they want to be an actor and for anyone who was lucky enough not to. Compulsively readable ...perceptive and poignant wisdom.


"I greatly admired Rick Lenz's thoughtful and well written book."


"I was totally engaged with North of Hollywood, start to finish. Sometimes it felt like Rick Lenz wasn't just 'opening the kimono,' as they say in business, but was actually peeling off his skin. I admire his courage in telling it."


"...kaleidoscopic form without breaking the rhythm of Lenz's poetic prose. The effect is beautiful..."



"Raises the genre of the Hollywood memoir to an art form. How dare a Hollywood memoir be literary? It deserves the awards it's won!"


Editorial Reviews


"An essential book for anyone who has ever said they want to be an actor and anyone who was lucky enough not to."-Michael Kahn, former Head of Drama at Julliard
"A touching, bittersweet remembrance..."-Kirkus Reviews
"Applause? Standing ovation...masterful."-Writers Digest
"...this captivating autobiography (recommended review)-US Review of Books

"... An overwhelming sense of peace... poetic prose... The effect is beautiful."-Foreword Book Reviews
"Enchantingly written with a sure hand and a knowing eye.-Elizabeth Forsythe Hailey, New York Times best selling author
"An actor's intimate, sometimes hilarious, sometimes touching, and always honest account of making a living while living next to Hollywood legends."-Publishers Weekly
"I greatly admired his Rick Lenz's thoughtful and well written book."-Peter Bart (Variety)

About the Author

Rick Lenz has been a working actor almost all his adult life. He is as at home on the stage as he is in front of the camera. His acting ranges from the serious to the comedic, and he has been featured in both starring and supporting roles on TV and in film. In addition to acting opposite many of the entertainment industry's biggest stars over the years, he is a playwright and artist. Rick lives in North Hollywood with his wife, and his favorite roles are husband, father and, recently, grandfather.

Product Details

  • File Size: 382 KB
  • Print Length: 294 pages
  • Publisher: Chromodroid Press (June 13, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008BD56KM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #427,783 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
By Julie
Format:Kindle Edition
Rick Lenz, more well-known as Richard Lenz, the Hollywood leading man opposite Goldie Hawn in Cactus Flower, has written a memoir that is full of insight about the roll-coaster life as a star and working actor for decades in Hollywood. It's written without verbosity or viciousness.

In a refreshing turnabout from most first-person accounts out of tinseltown, the heroine of this story is Linda, Rick's spectacularly beautiful and classy wife of many years.

Yes, the big names and unknown stories in which they play a leading roll are in here: Al Pacino, Lucille Ball, Eva Gardner, James Caan, and many others. Glimpses

Mr. Lenz writes with a warmth and understanding of self that makes it a pleasure to read through what was happening, what he was thinking and in a voice that has learned a great many lessons.

Must-read for movie fans, anybody thinking about going into that crazy business and moving to California, or those of us who appreciate a story well-written.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely read from a fantastic Author/Actor! February 13, 2012
By samjo
Format:Kindle Edition
I was so excited to read Rick's first book, as I knew I had seen him on a few classic tv episodes played on Nick-at-Nite when I was growing up, and knew he had worked with some of the biggest names in the business. I love to get the inside-scoop on the Hollywood scene from someone who has lived it. Rick is so genuine and warm in his delivery and I absolutely LOVED reading up on (particularly) Lucille Ball (I do, love Lucy :))... You will love this book - especially if you have any connections to broadway, television or the silver screen.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
Wow! So unlike anything I've ever read. This unique look at life in Hollywood is a must read! Not only do you get to hear some stories of celebrities (I personally love Lucille Ball so it was cool to "see" her in this), but you really get insight into an actor's life, with his family and career.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hollywood As Seen From All Angles! June 28, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
BOOK REVIEW # 27 "North Of Hollywood" By Rick Lenz

Most books of this type generally take a look at things from the eye of the public looking in. The most interesting aspect of this book is the contact and conversations that author Rick Lenz has had with some of the most famous and legendary names in Hollywood history - are from the perspective of looking from the inside - looking out.

This actor turned (now writer) was born in 1939 in Springfield, Illinois and ever since he was a little boy he seemed to enjoy being on stage, TV and screen. Throughout his career he has made appearances in classics like Gene Sacks, Cactus Flower to a reoccurring roles on TV's Green Acres - as well as - appearing on shows like Home Improvement, Baywatch and The Practice - he has crossed paths with famous and near famous and the not-so famous.

He talks as if the conversations with Goldie Hawn, Richard Dreyfuss, Jill Clayburgh, Lilly Tomlin, Al Pacino, Jonathan Demme and more - like the perspective is from either having crossed paths for roles in the same project, working on set in the same project or conversing on the technical aspects of refining his craft of acting and the business overall.

Not just another `name-dropping' book. For example - he gives a little more than average attention and affection to Goldie Hawn - for very good reasons. It's always refreshing to hear some down-to-earth stories of famous people.

Although I think he was attempting to be a Memoir-like book - it reads much more like a diary. He seems to be taking things from his memory and clips or `snippets' of his life and formalizing them into independent thoughts and interests as time goes by for him.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars North of Hollywood August 24, 2012
By C. Lent
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Rick Lenz is a talented actor, writer and artist. He is also a gifted storyteller as evidenced by his memoir, North of Hollywood. I began reading this book expecting to possibly read juicy, tell-all stories about Hollywood insiders. Instead, I found mostly warm-hearted, respectful anecdotes of famous and not so famous Hollywoodites. But more than that, there were revealed many painful experiences of Lenz' dysfunctional family of origin, his struggles with alcohol, his gut-wrenching stories of his daughter's and his sister's addictions, the ups and downs of his career and his many years of therapy which have ultimately found him in a long, loving third marriage to his lovely Linda and close relationships with all three of his children (including the now sober Abigail). Lenz attacks all of his demons with brutal honesty and wicked humor.

Rick Lenz' story reveals the heart breaking and exhilarating roller coaster that most artists of any field must bump along to achieve some measure of success. He has certainly achieved success in all the important areas of his life after many years of paying his dues.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Touching, heartbreaking and laugh out loud funny! June 10, 2012
"North of Hollywood" is flat-out the most entertaining book I ever read about an actor's life. And I've read a lot of those.
Rick Lenz is not only a fine actor, he's a superb storyteller. "North of Hollywood" contains plenty of inside Tinsel Town anecdotes, but more than that, you learn what it's really like for a family man to balance a personal life with the life of a working actor.
Lenz writes with guileless honesty and wit. His story is touching, heartbreaking and laugh-out-loud funny. It's the rarest of all things for an auto-biography: a page-turner.
The array of stars he has known is extraordinary. If you've ever had any interest at all in what a working actor's life is really like, you'll love "North of Hollywood." The depth of insight into the craft of acting and the art of living make this book a must-read.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Good story line
Fairly decent writing style. Good story line. Easy read. It was a bargain book or I would have not been happy with my purchase.
Published 5 months ago by capnred
5.0 out of 5 stars Getting to know him...
Admittedly, I know Rick from my past and recently reunited. What a remarkable portrait of the Rick Lenz I really never knew and, as a matter of fact, anyone's inner and outer life. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Richard N. Levine
1.0 out of 5 stars Like many of hollywood, this guy is very mixed up
He jumps all over the place; hard to follow a train of thought. One moment he's talking about his cat, the next he's back twenty years and talking about one of his marriages... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Sharon
5.0 out of 5 stars interesting "take" on show biz
amazing how many other paths are crossed by the author in his several decade journey through east coast/west coast show biz; stage, movies, tv.
Published 19 months ago by Becky Lu Jackson
5.0 out of 5 stars North of Hollywood is a Joy
North of Hollywood is a glorious, beautifully written book, so much more interesting than most actor confessionals that it vaults out of that genre to a startling level of... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Love Letters
2.0 out of 5 stars All is not what it appears on the screen
I liked Rick Lenz when I used to see him in movies. Usually a likable and funny persona. But as an author he comes across as whiney, egotistical and not real likable . Read more
Published 19 months ago by stubby
4.0 out of 5 stars good work
Mr. Lenz is painfully honest about his life. I didn't find the,"jumping around", that others have written about, to be a drawback. Read more
Published 20 months ago by CJG
5.0 out of 5 stars True Story Of The Life Of A Hollywood Actor
Want to be a Star? Read this fascinating real life story of Richard Lenz...a young, very handsome actor, excellent at his craft, working with the A list, yet never getting that big... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Terry
5.0 out of 5 stars A Favorite Read
"North of Hollywood" is quite simply my favorite book about a life in show business. In fact, it's one of my favorite books period. Read more
Published on May 16, 2013 by Jonapun
5.0 out of 5 stars Highs and Lows in Hollywood
Mr. Lenz has chosen a very compelling writing style to tell his story. At first glance the reader may be jarred a bit by the non-linear structure, but as you follow effortlessly... Read more
Published on March 20, 2013 by GLBlanchard
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More About the Author

Actor, artist, and author Rick Lenz is a jack of all trades in show business. As an actor, Lenz hamboned his way to the headlines in New York and Hollywood, eventually acting alongside many of the biggest names on stage and on screen. His prismatic role-playing parlayed over to the pen and spawned a successful string of plays from Off-Broadway to Hollywood playhouses to PBS. In 2012, Lenz broke the fourth wall with his audience and published an unprecedented, award-winning memoir, North of Hollywood, a gentle and irreverent Hollywood tale that critics have given a "standing ovation." The Alexandrite, his recent bold noir of Marilyn Monroe and time travel, is creating new headlines; Kirkus Reviews called this genre-bender a "mesmerizing story." When Lenz is not riding away on his next kaleidoscopic quest, he can be found painting, playing piano, or reading with his wife, Linda.


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