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Fallen Stars: Tragic Lives and Lost Careers [Paperback]

Julian Upton
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Book Description

7 Jan 2004
Benny Hill (The Benny Hill Show, The Italian Job) How his health
rapidly declined after an unceremonious dismissal from Thames
Dudley Moore (Authur, "10") From Hollywood superstar to
unemployable actor — a story of depression, insecurity and
devastating illness
Diana Dors Surviving abortion, divorce, bankruptcy and estrangement from her children, only to succumb to cancer at the age of fifty-three
Charles Hawtrey The final, desperate, drunken years of the Carry On legend that didn’t fit in
Carol White The Golden Girl of the sixties who ended up stranded
— penniless, bloated and drunk — in a Miami hotel room
Also: Oliver Reed (Gladiator), Peter Sellers (The Pink Panther),
Terry-Thomas (The Abominable Dr Phibes), David Rappaport (The
Time Bandits, LA Law) and more

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Critical Vision (an imprint of Headpress) (7 Jan 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1900486385
  • ISBN-13: 978-1900486385
  • Product Dimensions: 22.8 x 15.4 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 998,819 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Hugely enjoyable and eminently readable. Highly recommended. -- Bookmunch website

About the Author

Julian Upton’s film articles have appeared in numerous journals and
magazines, including Filmfax, Planet, Bright Lights and Headpress.

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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shooting Star! 6 Sep 2004
By P. Wild
A terrific book. Fallen Stars is essential for anyone interested in British cinema, particularly in the sixties and seventies. Focusing on the decline and fall of a score of British film stars, Upton not only presents gripping accounts of their final years but also a fascinating portrait of the post-war UK cinema industry in general. The book's in-depth treatment of a handful of obscure and semi-forgotten faces - Stanley Baker, Ian Hendry, Vivien Merchant, David Rappaport - is particularly valuable. Entertaining and highly readable.
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This is the kind of book that can act as a stepping stone to more substantial studies. If you ever wondered what happened to the likes of Barry Evans (of Doctor in the House fame) you'll find a short but intriguing summary here, but you'll be left wanting to know much more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Waves of nostalgia 29 April 2013
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for people of a certain age who can remember these actors in their heyday, this is a very good read. The detail is fascinating and in most cases rather sad ..... and a warning on the dangers of the demon drink!
The book doesn't tax the mind, but it does seem to be well researched and creates a real picture of the latter lives of very well known british names. Terry-Thomas was particularly memorable. Highly recommended, and it must be popular as it seems to command a good price secondhand.
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