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Scrapbooks of My Mind : A Hollywood Autobiography Paperback – July 29, 2000

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Strange New Worlds (July 29, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0970162405
  • ISBN-13: 978-0970162403
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,711,568 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rick Jason has done it all, from stock to stage to screens large and small. -- Charles Champlin, Former Arts Editor, Los Angeles Times

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My wife doesn’t come from the entertainment business and was singularly uninformed about it when I was introduced to her in Hong Kong. The first time she was on a movie set, I was guest starring in the TV series 'Air Wolf.' When I introduced her to one of the co-stars, and an old pal, Ernie Borgnine, she told him he looked familiar. Ernie started giving her a list of his credits and she kept shaking her head. He finally gave up and picked an apple from a tray, handed it to her and said, 'Have one, sweetheart. That ended the subject.

The first few years of our marriage, I regaled her with stories of Hollywood and my experiences in the business; mostly during dinner and over a bottle of wine. She was always attentive and occasionally asked a question. The conversations always ended with, 'You should write this down, for your autobiography.' It was hard to believe anybody would be interested in my life even though I still receive fan mail from avid 'Combat!' fans who grew up watching the show with their parents and now sit in front of the TV looking at it with their kids. [...] Then an interesting thing happened. A package arrived one day in 1995. Until then, I knew 'Combat!' had been in reruns all over the country, but I wasn’t aware of any organized effort to unite its fans. This was a package from a group of fans, and it opened my eyes to a 'Combat!' world I had no idea existed. A website visited by thousands each month, and a 'Combat!' convention that they dubbed a 'recon,' along with a Carribbean cruise. The enthusiasm of the 'Combat!' devotees has been staggering. I’ve been informed, in no uncertain terms, that there are a lot more people besides my lovely wife who would like to read about my beginning in television, when it was in its infancy. To all of you who’ve insisted and encouraged me, to all whom I’ve entertained, thanks for making my life that much more fulfilled. -- Rick Jason

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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By "349hwc" on September 1, 2000
Format: Paperback
Whether you've admired Rick Jason since his early roles on stage and film, or first set your eyes on him in "COMBAT!" - the longest-running and only one hour television series about World War Two - you'll love "Scrapbooks of My Mind: A Hollywood Autobiography".
Mr. Jason has had an acting career spanning 50 years. His stage career was launched to impressive critical reviews. He then went on to star and feature in Hollywood films, make two television series, and become a regular in America's longest lasting soap opera, as well as guest starring in numerous television shows.
Mr. Jason is the consummate storyteller and his depiction of the rise and fall, then phoenix-like rebirth of the Jason family fortune offers a fascinating look at urban American life in the 1930s and 40s. And you'll be stunned at how the family's future balanced on the prophecy of a psychic during the Great Depression.
You'll get a kick out of Rick's description of his time in the Army during World War Two. You'll learn how one officer's anti-Semitism landed Rick in the stockade! You'll marvel at how the timely intervention an Army friend and the judicious application of theatrics saved him from a life sentence! What a loss it would have been to movie and television audiences everywhere if Mr. Jason's fascinating talent hadn't been allowed to flower.
Mr. Jason's Hollywood experience demonstrates how the old studio system made or hampered careers, for reasons that had nothing to do with actors' talent. And Rick is refreshingly candid about his five marriages as well. And he reveals for the first time to the public how these women profoundly effected his personal growth and career.
Rick writes about his time on "COMBAT!
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 22, 2000
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I am a fan of Rick Jason from when he was a star in the ABC television show, Combat!, which was popular back in the 1960s. I am in the process of reading this book and am enjoying it a lot. I haven't even gotten to the part about when he plays in Combat! and I am relishing reading about Rick's childhood in New York City and his early career. He sounds like a wonderful person, not at all the stern lieutenant he played in Combat! opposite Vic Morrow as Sgt. Saunders. This is a terrific book, highly readable and a must for Combat!/Rick Jason fans.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Dana E. Creasy on September 3, 2001
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The late Rick Jason, best known as Lieutenant Gil Hanley of Combat! fame, wrote and released this book shortly before his death (by suicide). In it, the man - who was much more multi-dimensional than simply playing a World War II soldier - breathes life into what many thought was just another Hollywood story. Coming from a New York family of privilege, one of whom was involved in founding the American Stock Exchange, Jason threw it all over for an acting career. Handsome, articulate and talented, Jason impressed many in his early career, eventually leading to his selection as co-star, along with the late Vic Morrow, on Combat!. The stories of Hollywood days gone by, reminisces of family and friends, and the obvious love he had for his wife make this a book well worth reading, not just for the Combat! fan, but for anyone wanting to know more about what an actor is really all about.
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