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A Fortunate Life Hardcover – 3 Nov 2008
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"Robert Vaughn is a gifted storyteller. He writes breathtakingly well, capturing English prose-poetry with all the joy of an eminent Casanova. Here in this "Fortunate Life" you will find elegant bawdiness, ribald tales, plus a rowdy, outrageous recounting of the doings of the famous and the infamous in the worlds of theater, politics, and business. You will read about hair-raising escapes from the Soviet invasion and from an extortionate situation in South America. Vaughn is modest on his success and hilarious on the subject of his failures. There is an astonishing revelation on the subject of Robert Kennedy's assassination. "A Fortunate Life "is no mere 'then I...' book stuffed with fluff. It has life, love, laughter, tragedy, but above it all hilarity and is indeed inspiring." ---Malachy McCourt, author of "A Monk Swimming"
About the Author
Robert Vaughn has appeared in more than a hundred motion pictures, including "The ""Magnificent Seven, Bullitt "(for which he won a British Oscar nomination)," "and "The Young Philadelphians," which earned him an Academy Award nomination. His work in television has earned him an Emmy among other honors, and his role as Napoleon Solo on the hit television series "The Man from U.N.C.L.E. "has earned him lasting fame. The series won the Hollywood Foreign Press Golden Globe as the best television show in the world in 1965. Vaughn received the Photoplay Gold Medal award as the most popular actor in America, presented to him by the previous year's winner, John Wayne. Vaughn is also a serious student of politics and world affairs. He played a leading role in the antiwar movement of the 1960s. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Southern California in 1970, and his book on the Hollywood blacklist, "Only Victims," was published in 1972. Vaughn has most recently starred in the BBC/AMC Original Series "Hustle." He lives in Connecticut with his wife, Linda, and is the father of a son, Cassidy, and a daughter, Caitlin.
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Forty years on, Robert Vaughn is still starring on TV, this time in the popular British series, Hustle. In this series Vaughn plays a conman, not a spy, but they are basically the same cool & debonair character, the type that Vaughn as played in countless films & TV series since the early fifties.
Robert Vaughn has had a long & successful acting career then, but there is much more to him than that. When not in front of the camera Vaughn enjoys to study the art of acting and, having read many books on the subject, holds many opinions about it. He is also a very political animal. He was vehemently opposed to the United States conflict with Vietnam in the sixties and was a friend of Robert Kennedy, campaigning on his behalf during his bid to become the US President.
Whilst these interests may make Vaughn a more rounded individual that the average Hollywood star, unfortunately they also make Vaughn's autobiography 'A Fortunate Life' a dull book.
I read this book to learn about Robert Vaughn's acting career and his life. Instead too many pages are devoted to his politics and his theories on acting, which I found very heavy going. Whilst the chapters about his show biz childhood (his parents were both thespians) are excellent, much of his later career his only touched upon, or not mentioned at all. Likewise, whilst he has been married to his life Linda since 1974, she is only mentioned in passing and his adopted daughters, Cassidy & Caitlin get even less coverage.
Many of his anecdotes about his film appearances are excellent, if he would have included more of these at the expense of his political recollections this would have been a much more readable book.
This autobiography written by Robert Vaughn is compelling reading - well written and a revelation on the character and life of the author.
It is a book that once you start, you cannot put down.
Robert Vaughn must be an inspiration to all aspiring actors and actresses. Through sheer determination, hardwork and confidence he progressed in his career in theatre (Hamlet), film and TV.
In the present depressing times, this book makes exceedingly good reading.
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A very interesting life
Still love you Robert, glad i read it
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