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Don't Mind If I Do Hardcover – October 14, 2008
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Impossible to know if this is the real Hamilton but this frequently LOL page-turner expertly maintains the sly persona (sort of a cross between Cary Grant. . . and Seventies-era Burt Reynolds, but with class) he has honed over the years, pulling no punches (yep, there's plenty of dirt--his take on working with Lana Turner is hilarious) yet without ever coming across as mean-spirited.
To avoid sounding like a shill reviewer from someone in the star's (or ghost writer's) camp, I will point out one major flaw: The book is too damn short!
I want to go out to lunch with this guy and hear about the stuff he doesn't even bother to mention. Hell, I'll even spring for the tanning butter!
I knew next to nothing about George Hamilton when I started this book, other than that during those times I had seen him on television, he had appeared to be clever and charming, self-deprecating and funny. It turns out that Hamilton is all of these things and more.
Though he never complains, he has had a sad life, albeit in a very luxurious way. His mother was so involved in her own hedonistic pleasures that George and his brother David barely managed to get conventional educations; George never even graduated from high school.
Yet his mother connived to live in America's finest communities, including Beverly Hills, Beacon Hill in Boston, Beekman Place and Fifth Avenue in Manhattan and, most of all, Palm Beach. Being raised in these environments of privileged entitlement gave George an outlook that can only be termed exotic.
George sounds, amazingly, like a loving and unquestioning son. As soon as he was able, he took over the support of his mother and his older half-brother. He views his life with humor and his family with obvious affection, though he probably would have been better served to have hidden from them and not left a forwarding address.
Most of his life has been a series of near-misses, from his romance with Lynda Bird Johnson (which, even all of these years later, still strikes a chord of implausibility) to his single attempt at marriage. Yet he examines all of his adventures with acceptance and good humor.Read more ›
In his autobiography, George tackles that part of his image honestly. In a chatty, friendly way, Mr. Hamilton shows the reader his past and what really happened. He does not deny the popular delusion of his spending half his waking hours basking on some beach. In fact, he readily admits to his sun-worshipping habits. No apologies, no explanations, he sets down the facts and doesn't apologize for them.
What does surprise me, more than his honesty, is the wealth of movies he did appear in and his association with the entertainment and political world. From Robert Evans to President Johnson's daughter, George Hamilton met (and partied) with them all. He talks of his successes (Love At First Bite) and his string of failures (The Happy Hooker Goes To Washington).
His relationships with the women in his life (and, although legion, he does not kiss-and-tell) is told. Surprisingly, he gives quite a brutal assessment of his family. His recollections on the life, and passing, of his brother are quite touching.
It all makes for a fast, and sometimes quite funny, read.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I believe this autobiography to be enchanting, witty, easy reading, and a tribute to the Hollywood era of his time. He discusses other people with a great deal of class. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Mariann J. Hoffman
THIS IS A GREAT BOOK, LOTS OF HUMOR AND SOMETIME YOU EVEN WANT TO CRY . THANKS GEORGE, LOVED YOUR BOOK .Published 1 month ago by bakerstreet
George is very funny and honest about himself. He is also a true gentleman.Published 1 month ago by Joan Marie
It looks like George Hamilton has had a fun experience in Hollywood , great to hear his story. I recommend this bookPublished 8 months ago by B. Garrett
I love all George Hamilton's books! Very fun and easy to readPublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
So entertaining. George has had a fascinating life. Couldn't put it down....Published 10 months ago by Joan L Stutheit
easy and fun to read.....enjoying so far.Published 11 months ago by Joy I have made over 5,000 purchases since 2008
A nice ghost-written story of Hollywood, but without the punch of the title. Still fascinating.Published 12 months ago by Joe Chasko