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Don't Mind If I Do Hardcover – October 14, 2008
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From Publishers Weekly
Hamilton's acting image—a rich, preppy, Eastern WASP with a year-round suntan—is a far cry from his just folks childhood in the Arkansas town where he was born in 1939. Hamilton gives credit for this transformation, in this gossipy tell-all, to his charismatic divorced mother, Teeny, and inventive half-brother Bill, who taught him how to create the illusion of glamour on a budget. Hamilton also attended military and boarding schools, where a flair for comedy helped him adjust to his new surroundings. Once in Hollywood in 1959 and with a contract to star in Vincente Minnelli's Home from the Hill, Harrison acclimated to a life of jet-setting, detailing his risqué dating exploits and romances with Lynda Bird Johnson and Elizabeth Taylor. Hamilton is a witty raconteur and has a gift for capturing the flair of his mother, while exhibiting a genuine sense of humor about himself. (Oct.)
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"Charming...hilarious..."-- "Vanity Fair" "Flashy and funny, with flamboyance to burn, just like Hamilton."-- "Kirkus Reviews" "Hamilton is a witty raconteur, and has...a genuine sense of humor about himself." -- "Publishers Weekly" "[Hamilton] is smarter, edgier and sexier than one might expect. And he lives to entertain you!"-- Liz Smith, "New York Post" "Juicy...self-deprecating and witty."-- "The Los Angeles Times" "[T]he reigning mood of this book...is self-deprecating good humor. And its stories are star-studded and wild..."-- Janet Maslin, "The New York Times"
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As with the better autobiographers, Hamilton doesn't pull any punches regarding his life. Nor does he try to gloss over anything. Whether or not you warm up to the subject would depend on your particular tastes. For example: Hamilton spends a lot of time bemoaning the fact that he has seemed destined to continually portray urbane, handsome, wealthy characters. Then he repeatedly turns around and remarks about jetting to this or that international chi-chi spot. As a mechanism for engendering sympathy with a reader, it needs some work. With one hand he'll glow over his work portraying Hank Williams in YOUR CHEATIN' HEART (and deservedly so), and then, later on, he'll offhandedly remark on how Imelda Marcos knows how to throw a party.
It can't be denied that Hamilton's life . . . like his career . . . has so far been a trip of extreme ups and downs. I can't predict whether you would come away from this book more impressed with Hamilton, or less. But I suspect you'll at least appreciate Hamilton's willingness to take anything that comes his way, and his ability to hang on with both hands and remain standing.
Practically the whole first half was about his mother and her quirky lifestyle, and then it continued off and on through the rest of the book. While she was an interesting person, we didn't buy the Ann Stevens Potter Hamilton Hunt Spaulding book, but this is what we got. We didn't get a "tell-all" either but that bodes well for George---it shows he is the gentleman we always knew he was.
He goes through life eating the best food, drinking the best champagne, dating the most beautiful women and generally enjoys the doors that are open because he is an actor and celebrity. Even so, when you separate the wheat from the chaff, George Hamilton is a very decent and nice guy.
So, to recap, the book is an okay read but nothing to write home to mother about. (Couldn't help throwing that in)
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A useless book that does nothing but describe a person who accomplished nothing noteworthy and feels great about it.