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"Trust Me: A Memoir" is a marvelously entertaining book. George Kennedy brings his past to life in a way that makes you feel you have a front row seat to viewing his personal journey. His stories are nostalgic, humorous, and at times very sad. If you want to share some memorable moments with a real class act, this is just the ticket. --Pacific Book Review

Oscar winning actor George Kennedy has many credits to his name already, but at least one more must be given, and that s outstanding Author! In his self written autobiography Trust Me: A Memoir, he takes the readers from the late 1920s to present day with his account of his career, but even more important, his thoughts on world events. He pulls no punches in what he believes, a trait I truly admire. In Hollywood, which is known to eat up and spit out celebrities, George Kennedy showed perseverance throughout his acting career and even more so in his personal life. In Trust Me: A Memoir, you never hear a bad word from Kennedy about his fellow actors he graced the big and small screen with. He doesn t claim to be friends with all of them, but he gives you a different perspective. For instance, when he talks about one of Tinsel Town s greatest stars, Paul Newman, who acted alongside him in Cool Hand Luke, George earned a well-deserved Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his role as Dragline. George, TRUST ME, you have left something I feel even more important than your body of work in movies, TV and Stage and that is your words that moved me and no doubt other readers as well. Trust Me: A Memoir is a book you will not want to put down once you start to read it.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Applause; 1 edition (October 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1557837821
  • ISBN-13: 978-1557837820
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #836,038 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Skyhigh on December 29, 2011
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I say the same thing every time I see George Kennedy in a movie, "I love that guy!" I had the same reaction when I read his memoir. It's no wonder this man has appeared in over 200 movies and was given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Intelligent, down to earth, and witty, George's writing is as great as his acting. Imagine writing a book at 86 years old. This alone inspires me, not to mention his life story, which starts with the Great Depression and the early, sudden death of his father. Major difficulties followed, yet there is humor, wisdom, determination, and tenderness on every page. If you are into movies and acting, this book is especially for you. But you don't have to be a movie buff to enjoy this book for it isn't just about movie stars. It is about being human and making the most of it.
I am a fan of memoirs and real-life stories, and this one stands out because the voice is conversational, honest, insightful, humorous, and appreciative. There are many great photos that support the storyline. Trust Me has prompted lots of thought about values and goals. This is an empowering book--I am happy I bought it and will read it again.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By The Write Review on January 18, 2012
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What we have failure to communicate. George Kennedy has taken control of his autobiographical narrative on the subject of his own personal history in his revealing new book, Trust Me: A Memoir. With unabashed candor, unmitigated humility and the utmost respect for his luminary cohorts throughout his eminence in acting, George Kennedy took on the daunting task of time compression - 86 years into 210 pages. Needless to say, H. G. Wells' Time Machine couldn't make the milk run throughout the last century with so many stops of interest in such a terse read.

The life and career of George Kennedy epitomizes the cultural ebb and flow of society's changes throughout the past century. From a dirt-poor childhood during The Great Depression, through his military career in the Army Air Service, two failed marriages and the death of two children, his exploits take the reader from New York to Hollywood; from 1925 through to the present. His memoirs are rattled off like a machine gun firing rounds of recollections of his famous friends, clever and unforgettable remarks, exploits of extraordinary circumstances, and not withstanding broken dreams. George Kennedy is a dreamer, and that he says is a good thing. "Without my dreams, I would have had no one to play with at all."

Just how many eggs did Paul Newman actually eat when filming Cool Hand Luke? Frankly he has no idea, but the story is so riveting your olfactory system will be stimulated. You'll shiver when hearing how Bo Derek turned blue while skinny dipping for half an hour in a chilly castle pool while her husband, John Derek, adjusted the lighting to perfection for a shot on location near Buckler's Hard England. The brief insert of Don Rickles got me chuckling, "George, you ain't Jewish, are ya? Thank God.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Efrem Sepulveda on April 23, 2012
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That was the exclamation of George Kennedy's character in Thunderbolt and Lightfoot as his car rolled on down the hill in a scene from the movie. I have enjoyed Mr. Kennedy's acting since I saw him in Airport when I was a young boy and looked forward to reading this 205-page memoir containing reflections of his life and the telling of his encounters with many famous actors that he has worked with since he entered the acting profession in the 1950s. Mr. Kennedy shared many of his heartaches including growing up without a stable family and enduring hard times during the Depression and the death of his children later in life. He served in the Second World War with distinction but was hampered by a bad back that cut short his military career.

As stated before, his acting career was discussed in length with the bulk of the discussion mainly concentrating on his interaction with famous actors such as Clint Eastwood, Angela Landsbury, Bette Davis and Peter Ustinov. He had no kind words for John Derek for example as he put his then wife, Bo Derek through a life-threatening acting scene. Kennedy's discussion about the physical hazards he encountered while working with Mr. Eastwood in the Eiger Sanction is very graphic. The memoir contains a good chunk of George Kennedy's philosophy in life. In my opinion, he can be described as a universalist with a tolerant, libertarian attitude. He makes poignant statements on war (a waste) and religion which I found candid. As with most memoirs, there is no bibliography and end notes. It was a fast read, but reading it will give you a ticket into the mind of George Kennedy. An enjoyable read. Four stars.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Nicole Sorkin on January 25, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Trust Me by George Kennedy (Applause)
Reviewed by: New York Post

This is no bed-hopping Hollywood tell-all memoir. Instead the Oscar-winning actor (for "Cool Hand Luke") has written a conversational, matter-of-fact look back at his life. The New York native's father died when he was 4 -- the year the Depression hit. It was a hard life for Kennedy and his mom, sometimes sleeping in doorways or cars, often beaten by a woman who took them in. In the Army Air Corps in WWII, he was a media liaison for the Pentagon -- which led to Hollywood. Anecdotes feature Elvis Presley, Henry Fonda, Paul Newman, Robert Mitchum and Frank Sinatra.
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