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This review is from: Nobody's Perfect : Billy Wilder - A Personal Biography (Hardcover)
I was utterly charmed, and illuminated, by Cameron Crowe's recent 'Conversations with Wilder'. And quite disappointed by Chandler's new biography. To be sure, it is a star-studded extravaganza, counting cameos by Ginger Rogers, Jack Lemmon, Gloria Swanson, Fred Zinnemann, Claudette Colbert, Barbara Stanwyck, Olivia de Havilland and others, but Ms Chandler loses her sense of direction and focus every time she sits opposite an old-time star, and all of a sudden Billy Wilder is all but forgotten. Some anecdotes are touching, others completely irrelevant, and more often than not Ms Chandler reveals herself to be of the wide-eyed, star-struck variety. What lingers on in my mind are the many testimonies by female stars, some of them divas, professing to be very hurt that Billy Wilder apparently did not care very much for them as people. Those parts are actually heart-wrenching, but ultimately the book does not deliver what it promises.