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Jack Nicholson: The Life and Times of an Actor on the Edge Hardcover – 1 Sep 1997

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  • Hardcover: 12 pages
  • Publisher: Birch Lane Press,U.S. (1 Sept. 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 155972420X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1559724203
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 15.9 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,833,769 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 July 2001
Format: Hardcover
The life and times of an actor on the edge
What do we know about Jack other than the demon eyes and jet-black shades. This book attempts to reveal more of the enigmatic and much loved actor with in the biz, whilst going through his filmography and loves and drugs, not all of it above board.
The first ninety pages read like a divorce transcript as we begin with an update of frisky Jacks love life in the present day. This is most unusual for a biog and makes the first chunk really rather dull. It picks up around here as we are given some background on his early film career and triumphs. Even the Mafia gets a look in as with most of the crowd called the legendary Jack Pack. There are dollar signs everywhere as lawyers and ex lovers make a killing out of the loveable rogues gullibility in an industry that will take you for every cent says the author Peter Thompson. It really is worth skipping the first quarter of the read as theres little about his films and lots about airhead women cashing on all guys hero.
Born in Neptune, New Jersey to a fourteen-year-old mother and a vagrant father he never knew, Nicholson didn't have the best start in life. He grew up believing he was an illegitimate son and that seemed to effect his early views on relationships and women. His heritage was from solid Irish stock so that explains his drinking habits, Hollywood would introduce him to LSD and beyond. Mud, his nickname for the women who dragged him up when he moved to California in his late teens, was later to be reveled as Jacks sister by a magazine, much to the stunned silence from the great actor. He had no idea and asked the tabloids to bury the story until he was ready to respond.
Nicholson broke into movies through writing and helping out on film sets, rather than setting out to be an actor.
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By Mr. R. D. M. Kirby on 8 Dec. 2013
Format: Paperback
Jack Nicholson? A good, sometimes a great actor. The man - possessed of a shambolic, destructive and rather unpleasant lifestyle, according to snippets in the Press and this rather sub-standard book.

The English author, Peter Thompson has written this book, aimed at a mainly American audience and to that end, has used a hip, slangy, Americanised style of writing; it might go down well in the States but not necessarily in dear old Blighty.

The courtroom scenario between Nicholson and Susan Anspach is tediously played out, neither doing themselves any favours from their respective testimonies and throughout the book, Thompson makes free use of a number of unnamed sources.

Nicholson's biological half-sister later stated that Thompson had never interviewed her and if that's the case, how accurate is the rest? I'm not sure it really matters and it wasn't too long before I didn't care about Nicholson's lifestyle; I found the book rather sleazy.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Too many mistakes and incorrect info in this book 26 April 1999
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Format: Hardcover
In this book the author states that he interviewed me, included quotes as well. I never met nor talked with Mr. Thompson, even though he writes that he interviewed me in my "Palm Beach home". I've never lived in Palm Beach. He claims to have talked with my father. That meeting never took place. Alas, if this part of the book was fiction, where's the credibility to prove that the rest is true? Too many "confidential sources". Using that as a crutch you can say anything about anyone. I know the many truths in Jack Nicholsons real story and from what I can tell, Peter Thompson has fallen short on uncovering and perhaps even knowing what the truth is. By the way, biologically speaking, I am Mr. Nicholson's half sister.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Jack is a shining star in a world full of mediority 25 Nov. 2000
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Not much more to be said. Very intelligent, charismatic, immaculate performer. Thanks Jack. Thanks for your inspiration.
The Best Jack Nicholson Book 11 April 1999
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Format: Hardcover
Alright...I just barely got into Jack Nicholson for some strange reason, and I find him a fascinating individual. One moment, he's the nicest guy in the world, the next he's a jerk (I like him a lot!). He's a walking contradiction and that in itself is kind of amusing. Not only does he amaze me every time he acts, the very personality this book describes him to have is amazing. This book offers an insight into his life that goes into great detail about many things...including his relations with Susan Anspach. I highly recommend this book! Tiffiny, age 15
Art and Eyebrows 17 Aug. 2005
By John P Bernat - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Like many artists, Jack Nicholson has done some hideous things. Like some, he has insisted that they be kept quiet.

After reading this book it will be hard to enjoy him as an actor, but not impossible. One thing which does come through is his absolute devotion to his craft.

And then there's his eyebrows.

He has a natural demonic appearach because he has arched eyebrows. They make him look Satanic and maybe worse...

Enjoy the book!
WOW! I never knew this was jack Nicholson. 31 Mar. 1999
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Format: Hardcover
This book is incredible. It describes Jack in vivid detail.You do not know Jack, untill you read this book. What a character. Every chapter tells you something new. You will know the evil that learks in Jack Nicholson. You have to read this book in order to beilive it.
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