Perhaps I should mention that I don't normally read film actors (auto)biographies but being a slight fan of Mr Lancasters' work and being intrigued by the blurb on the cover I thought I'd give this book a try.
Starts with Burt's birth and gives a little bit about his family's background and then works it's way through till his death in 1994.
I found the early part of the book was like seeing Burt through a dark glass, he was mentioned obviously, as were some of his friends and there is also a little of what he got up to but I felt the author was much more interested in the films he would go on to make and how, in some cases, they reflected his early life and background. I didn't feel that the author had got under the skin of her characters early life at all.
The later stages of the book were much better, I felt that the Burt of the later years, rather than Burt Lancaster film star, was much more accessible, his interests outside of films and film people are covered very well, music for example.
Overall through this is the biography of Burt Lancaster, film star, and the people he came into contact with in that world, the `important' (why actor's and actress's and their biographers always think they make `important' pictures is way beyond me - important to them mayhap but to the rest of us, interesting, exciting etc. perhaps, but important....) films he made with this or that director and or other actor/actress. As an added point and for those who maybe `expecting' some salacious revelations, there is very little `racy'here, precious little evidence of Burt's amorous adventures with his co-stars, Yvonne de Carlo and Shelly Winters excepted and none at all about his so called bisexuality.
A good read but not I think a great read, not in the same league as Dirk Bogard's by some distance but then it's not an autobiography!