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De Niro: A Life Hardcover – October 28, 2014
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“[A] thorough, measured, fact-filled, 600-page, movie-by-movie, girlfriend-by-girlfriend study that is right up a movie geek’s alley.” –New York Times Book Review
"An impressive biography that will surely stand as the definitive De Niro volume." –Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“‘De Niro' is impressive, fair-minded, and doesn't shrink from tough questions....[It’s] jam-packed with insight, anecdotes, and trivia about [De Niro’s] films.” –Christian Science Monitor
“De Niro: A Life is likely as close as anyone can get to figuring out just who the star of “Goodfellas” and “Raging Bull” is in private, and the author’s respectful tone and preference for art over scandal would likely please the book’s subject…[A]n addictive read.” –The Oregonian
“[A] well-researched biography.... Making good use of the scripts, working notes, and a copious collection of props and clothing in the De Niro archive at the University of Texas in Austin, Levy creates a portrait of a private man who seems to depend on the creation of characters to sustain himself.” –Washington Post
About the Author
SHAWN LEVY is the author of six previous books, including the New York Times bestsellers Rat Pack Confidential and Paul Newman: A Life. He served as film critic of The Oregonian from 1997 to 2012 and is a former senior editor of American Film and a former associate editor of Box Office. His work has appeared in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, The Guardian, The Independent, Film Comment, Movieline, and Sight and Sound, among many other publications. He lives in Portland, Oregon.
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It started off slowly with a lot of information about the senior De Niro and I almost stopped reading. I'm glad I didn't. I learned
that De Niro's success came through preparation and study. Unlike so many young celebrities today who are famous for being
famous, De Niro is famous for an acting career that spans decades and contains many memorable performances. He really took charge of
his fame and money by purchasing real estate, opening restaurants, and directing films. After reading this book, I have a deeper appreciation for
De Niro as an actor, a family man, and a human being.
It's so cool to learn that Robert De Niro comes from such an artistic background, it's in his bones - love the book.
Keeps you interested all the way through, and gives you a lot of info regarding one of the greatest American artists ever!!!!!