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Five Easy Decades: How Jack Nicholson Became the Biggest Movie Star in Modern Times Paperback – 16 Dec 2008

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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 1 edition (16 Dec. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470422823
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470422823
  • Product Dimensions: 14.5 x 3.6 x 21.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 598,515 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Dennis McDougal has captured the spirit of the infamously unconventional Hollywood legend" (Daily Express, January 16th 2009)

"McDougal does a great job" (Independent, January 23rd 2009)

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Five Easy Decades

Unconventional, uninhibited, and unrestrained, Jack Nicholson is both a famous and infamous pop–culture icon known for his romantic escapades, his hair–trigger temper, and his love affair with the L.A. Lakers. Now, this candid, probing biography gives you a spellbinding, incisive look at the megawatt Method actor with the enigmatic Cheshire cat grin.

Jack rose to fame with portrayals of antiheros ranging from the demented, demonic, and despicable to characters who were somehow lovable in spite of their eccentricities. He has won three Oscars and seven Golden Globes, but beyond the accolades and his trademark shades is a man who remains largely unknowable. His bad–boy image masks a complicated past, a complex present, half adozen children, an art collection, and real estate and business empires that have made him one of the world′s wealthiest entertainers.

Author Dennis McDougal, a veteran journalist with access to Hollywood′s heavy hitters, has scoured public records extending back to the 1930s, spent hundreds of hours in film and public libraries, and interviewed scores of friends, associates, and family who Jack either didn′t know or forgot long ago, to create a brutally honest account of Jack′s life that unflinchingly recounts the good, the bad, and the just plain unfathomable.

In many ways, Jack′s story mirrors that of Hollywood. For fifty years—from J. J. Gittes to the Joker; Easy Rider to Five Easy Pieces; The Shining, Terms of Endearment, and A Few Good Men to As Good as It Gets and The Departed—his life and career reflect the shifting fortunes of an industry that set the cultural pace for America, and then the world. Find out how it all happened, year by year, film by film, through triumph and trauma, in Five Easy Decades. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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An up to date warts and all biography of his supreme screen actor. Well written and easy to read. Includes an engrossing account of his early and later life stages and an excellent review of his performances although a bit hurried in the later stages. His life, loves, hates are covered in considerable detail as are his acting successes and failures. A Cracking good read.
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