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North of Hollywood Hardcover – February 15, 2012
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"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
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Lenz's award-winning memoir about show business, addiction, and recovery, NORTH OF HOLLYWOOD:AN ACTOR'S STUMBLING BABY STEPS TOWARD KINDNESS AND PEACE, broke the fourth wall between him and his audience. Elizabeth Forsythe Hailey, author of A WOMAN OF INDEPENDENT MEANS, wrote that it is "enchantingly written with a sure hand and a knowing eye. Rick Lenz reveals with enormous poignancy and gleeful insight what it has taken to make one real life work while pursuing the Hollywood dream."
Lenz's newest release, THE ALEXANDRITE: A TIME-TRAVEL NOIR, is a bold, kaleidoscopic novel that glimpses Hollywood's past and present through the lenses of time travel, hypnotism, gemology, and casting calls for "Bus Stop," Marilyn Monroe's haunting blockbuster. 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 the piano, or reading at home with his beloved wife, Linda.
Come to www.ricklenz.com to discover Rick's blog, books, art, and interviews.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.Read more ›
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
> I finished "North of Hollywood" a few minutes ago.
> You graciously inscribed it "Listen, Observe, Sit your butt in the chair every day"... Read more
Sorry, but this book is an exercise in self-absorption. It did not deliver as expected. Lots of self-examination, a few dropped names.Published 2 months ago by TS
I have always been a fan of Rick Lenz so was very interested in his book, North of Hollywood. It is wonderfully written and gives you great insight of the life of an actor and some... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Cheryl L
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 14 months ago by capnred
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 morePublished 20 months ago by Richard N. Levine
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 morePublished on October 27, 2013 by Sharon
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 on October 9, 2013 by Becky Lu Jackson
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 morePublished on October 4, 2013 by Love Letters