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Robin Williams Paperback – 5 Aug 1999

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Orion; New edition edition (5 Aug. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752826735
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752826738
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 11 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 593,172 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The first in-depth biography of 'the funniest person alive'. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Andy Dougan is the author of Actor's Director The Authorised biography of Richard Attenborough, Untouchable Robert De Niro and is writing a biography of George Cloony. He is Chairman of the Guild of Film Writers.

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 Dec. 1999
Format: Paperback
I turned to this book for inside information on a man I very much admire, and of which have been inspired by.
Though an "Un-Authorised" Biography of Robin, this book is full interesting accounts of his whole life, right from an early age.
The things you realised he was involved in, and the things you didn't all seem to appear in this book. I always thought Robin Williams kept to a script in Mork and Mindy, it appears this was not true, for the first series at least!
If Robin Williams makes you laugh, and you love the things he gets up to. This book will help you understand why he does things the way he does.
On a negative side you always feel that un-authorised biographies are not accurate, but Andy Dougan grabs you from beggining to end. Using accurate findings based on Interviews Robin has given over the years he has been in the Entertainment industry.
From his days at home, Mork and Mindy, the seedy night bars he did stand-up in everynight, Mrs Doubtfire, and my favourite so far Good Will Hunting, it's all here for you to indulge in!
A MUST read for anyone remotely interested in Robin Williams
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By kimberli12 on 15 Aug. 2014
Format: Hardcover
So sad we lost robin. This book in excellent condition n looking forward to reading it
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By paula szubrycht on 15 Oct. 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
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0 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Tony Wales on 12 July 2009
Format: Paperback
I had lost my first copy, leaving it on a train. This copy had been marked and was in a poorer condition than my last one
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Very good biography 9 Feb. 1999
By S. A. Felton - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I saw this book on the table at the local library and decided to read it, though I am not that big a fan of Mr. Williams.
I found this biography to be really top notch, highly readable, having just enough details without being excessive. The book is an intimate portrayal yet is not intrusive. While the author acknowledges at the outset that his book is an "unauthorized" biography, you wouldn't know it - the quotes from Williams, his two wives, and close associates are very poignant, as if given while being interviewed for this biography.
The author does a fine job of tracing Williams life from childhood in Detroit through his beginnings as a performer in San Francisco and at the Julliard School in New York. There he becomes close friends with Christopher Reeve. The friendship lasts through the years, and the chapter where Williams flies to be with Reeve after the latter's tragic 1995 horse-riding accident, cheering him up as he has cheered up many other fellow entertainers, is very moving.
The book traces Williams career in TV and the movies (while always mentioning Williams countless live comedy club performances) with care and thoroughness. The chapters on Mork and Mindy are interesting, followed by Williams' lack of box-office success in "Popeye," "Moscow on the Hudson," and the disastrous "Club Paradise." While having trouble making it in the movies, Williams also has a lot of personal problems. Again, this part of Williams' life is handled carefully, with detail, but without excess, and also has a happy outcome when he bonds with his second wife, who later produces another of Williams' huge successes, "Mrs. Doubtfire."
Finally, in his 8th film, Williams makes the big time with an outstanding performance in "Good Morning, America." He is nominated for academy awards in this film, "Dead Poets Society," and "The Fisher King," but does not win. I assume that synchronistically while the author was writing this book, Williams finally breaks through with an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in "Good Will Hunting," which is described in the book's epilogue. It seems like a fitting conclusion, yet the author also discusses Williams next 3 movies, as he is a tireless performer!
Highly recommended if you like Robin Williams work at all.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Very effectively dispels rumors and other untrues. 9 Feb. 1999
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I found this book to be a very interesting and enlightening account of the events that have made Robin Williams the man he is today - the funniest man in the world. Mr. Dougan goes to great lengths to dispel the rumors and other untrues so often associated with the comedian and the actor. However, he does not sugar coat the difficulties (both professional and personal) that Robin Williams has encountered and overcome during his career. The book does drag in a few places where Mr. Dougan provides a somewhat lenghtly background into the lives of people remotely associated with Robin. To me, this information had little to do with the subject at hand. But I still highly recommend this book to anyone interested in learning about the life (good and bad) of Robin Williams.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
A Hollywood Point of View 25 Nov. 2006
By Wendy Benedetti - Published on
Format: Hardcover
My personal opinion was that this book was written for people who wanted to know what it was like for Robin Williams in Hollywood. I feel the author does too many take offs on other actors and actresses he names in the book and also on movies and TV shows mentioned. I wished for a true insight into the life of Robin, what kind of person he is and what kind of childhood he experienced. In the preface or early it is stated that Robin's lawyer is not in support of this author writing this book and that lawsuits will follow if needed, so this leads me to believe there is not a lot of substantial facts for the basis. i am enjoying gleaning what I can.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
"Something about Robin Williams" 2 May 2004
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Paperback
or "Robin Williams - who is he?" - these would be more correct titles for the book. Since the book tells us something about Robin Williams. And does not answer the question, on who he really is. Despite its rather promising beginning, with the clues to Williams' character being searched through his childhood and a general atmosphere of turbulent 60s, the book does not go far in developing its few ideas. It looks like the author is sinking in unnecessary details of TV and movie production process, which have little to do with Robin Williams as a person and an actor. I hope that one of my favorite actors will come up with his own autobiography, and the book's title "Robin Williams" will be trully justified.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Robin every which way buy straight forward 11 Aug. 2005
By D. Verbitsky - Published on
Format: Paperback
This books tells the story of Robin Williams but jumps around the point, and discusses things in a very sentimental way. It is as if Dougan is afraid to say something straight out. It's a simple book going strictly chronologically through Robin's life. The book has good information and very interesting but it concentrates on Robin's career more than the man himself. Yet still, it is worth reading.
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