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The Guttenberg Bible: A Memoir Hardcover – May 8, 2012
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“Steve Guttenberg has written a wonderfully funny memoir of his coming-of-age in Hollywood. The Guttenberg Bible is an on-the-money account of what an actor's life is really like.” ―MARLO THOMAS, New York Times-bestselling author of Growing Up Laughing
“I first met Steve Guttenberg when he was an up-and-coming young actor on the set of Diner. Now, I'm glad to read his terrific memoir of his career's early days, and the struggles and surprises that come with making your way in show business.” ―JERRY WEINTRAUB, New York Times-bestselling author of When I Stop Talking, You’ll Know I’m Dead
“The Guttenberg Bible is better than the original! More compelling reading anyway. Steve's story of his journey through Hollywood is for actors what Adventures in the Screen Trade is for writers. An honest, humorous and instructive account of how to navigate thru this crazy town we call Hollywood.” ―WOODY HARRELSON
“From his first scene on I knew Steve Guttenberg would be a winner. He's proven it on the screen and now he's doing it as an author.” ―ROBERT EVANS, author of The Kid Stays in the Picture
“It's impossible to stop reading.” ―Publishers Weekly
“[Guttenberg] looks back on his first 10 years in Hollywood as a time of magical dreams and sobering realities. … Aspiring actors will surely gain keen insight into the challenges that may await them (if they're lucky), while movie fans will be pleasantly assured that their faith in the dream factory's ability to inspire is still warranted. An insider's charming look at what it's really like to be a Hollywood star.” ―Kirkus Reviews
“The Hollywood memoir genre is inherently dicey, but this one is a winner. Guttenberg has a fetching style and is a good storyteller … Anyone who can tell funny personal stories about having worked with both Colonel Sanders and Sir Laurence Olivier is aces.” ―Library Journal
“Guttenberg retains a wide-eyed outsider's wonder at Hollywood, while offering an insider's sharp analysis of the tough business of acting. … An A memoir.” ―Hollywood Reporter
“In this highly readable and candid memoir, Guttenberg reveals the twists and turns of his career.” ―Tucson Citizen
About the Author
STEVE GUTTENBERG has starred in more than fifty films over the course of his career, including three successful series: Police Academy, Three Men and a Baby, and Cocoon. He has also appeared in such acclaimed work as Diner, The Boys from Brazil, and The Bedroom Window. On television, his work includes The Day After, To Race the Wind, and Miracle on Ice, as well as Gangs and Love Off Limits, which he directed. As a feature filmmaker, he adapted and directed P.S., Your Cat Is Dead. He produced and starred in the indie film A Novel Romance, which won best feature at the New York International Independent Film and Video Festival.
His theater credits include his Broadway debut in 1984, Prelude to a Kiss, The Boys Next Door in London's the West End, and Furthest from the Sun at the Juene Lune Theatre in Minneapolis. He recently appeared on Broadway in Relatively Speaking, a collection of three one-act comedies, starring in Woody Allen's "Honeymoon Motel."
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Top Customer Reviews
My sense is that Steve G. is ultimately a good person and a fairly modest guy. However, if you are going to write a book like this, the reader expects the full picture (no pun intended). By way of example, Rober Evan's book, "The Kid Stays in the Picture" is something to behold. This is a nice try but could have benefitted from better editing and much more soul searching.
After a long opening devoted to his career start, the book focuses on a few of his big movies, like Diner, Police Academy, Cocoon, Short Circuit and Three Men & a Baby. He also spends time on a few others we have never heard of like The Bedroom Window and Surrender. He completely skips many films and he ignores the last 25 years (the book ends with Three Men & a Baby being shot, not even released!). Which leads to one of the book's problems. He has no idea what material to include and what to edit out.
He doesn't even mention some of the interesting projects he is known for or people he has worked with since the 1980s. He did the movie It Takes Two with Kirstie Alley and the Olsen Twins--yet he couldn't even find time to mention it in his life story? Meanwhile he spent 20 pages on his one-line part in a film no one has seen with Richard Widmark. Bad choices.
Who cares about The Bedroom Window? Who cares about how many times he switched agents? Who cares about the repetitive phone calls from his parents (which seem to take up a third of the book!). There are too many things in the book you won't care about and not enough about things that matter.Read more ›
Hopefully, Mr. Guttenberg, (if you ever read your reviews :), you will continue where you left off and share the rest with us? I will buy your next book too, and I am sure I will enjoy it just as much as this one! Thank you for sharing so much of your life with the world, I found it an honor to read it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's fun and he captures his early career success well, gives you a sense of the times of movies and TV of the 1980's.Published 15 months ago by Marc R
very interesting - I will never look at Hollywood the same again! I highly recommend this bookPublished 18 months ago by RJ Lynch