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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 294 pages
  • Publisher: BCH Fulfillment & Distribution (February 15, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984844201
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984844203
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,234,366 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"... An overwhelming sense of peace (in the) the memoir's kaleidoscopic form... without breaking the rhythm of Lenz's poetic prose. The effect is beautiful."
--Foreword Book Reviews

"A touching, bittersweet remembrance of a workaday career in acting"
--Kirkus Reviews

"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.

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Mr. Lenz has chosen a very compelling writing style to tell his story.
GLBlanchard
Within each chapter there was a little semblance of cohesion and order, but not enough for this reader.
Kristin Jones
Rick Lenz gives a fascinating first hand account of a REAL Hollywood story.
Brad

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Julie on February 12, 2012
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 By samjo on February 13, 2012
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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 By Marissa DeCuir on February 14, 2012
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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 By Lorenzo M. in the Hollywood CA Area VINE VOICE on 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 By C. Lent on August 24, 2012
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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 By Avidreeder on August 21, 2012
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Backwards, forwards and sideways through a man's life with plenty to tell....heartfelt, and as honest a story as could be told...about success, self-doubt, regrets, and personal heartache...yet told in a lighthearted, often humorous bent...and culminating in ultimate accomplishment...inner peace.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By alison mayon on June 10, 2012
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"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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