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Michael Douglas: A Biography Paperback – 24 Oct 2013
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"Loaded with juicy tidbits...entertaining." -Macleans
About the Author
MARC ELIOT is the "New York Times "bestselling author of more than a dozen books on popular culture, among them the highly acclaimed biographies "Jimmy Stewart, Cary Grant, American Rebel: The Life of Clint Eastwood, "and "Steve McQueen. "He divides his time among the east and west coasts, and Asia.
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As far as Michael Douglas bios go I'd say this was pretty informative. It didn't want to dive too deep into his sex addiction and gently breezed on some of this alleged affairs, while only painting ex-wife Diandra & him as 'flawed parents". The only one who really doesn't come out well in this book is papa Kirk, who's self-absorbed with his career and treats Michael (and his brothers) almost as an afterthought.
Good read that was pretty quick and easy to stay on...nothing too deep or philosophical and stays on track thru his early pot-smoking/hippy days as struggling actor to "lucking out" for role as 28 yr old to co-star w/Karl Malden in popular 70s tv show, Streets of San Francisco. Interestingly Malden & Kirk Douglas were longtime friends (since early 1940s) and yet couldn't be more opposite individuals. Malden is renown Hollywood good guy and took Kirk's "recommendation" of son Michael as a favor. Eliot doesn't mention this likely because of no verification but this has been well-known/hinted in Hollywood circles since the show played 40 yrs ago.
Would like to have read deeply into interesting father/son dynamic between Kirk and Michael. Michael really doesn't seem like bad guy - its just his father was/is kind of a self-absorbed jerk who's mixed feelings of his son's success topping even his own's seems real. Interesting that Kirk made MORE $s from his investment/position in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (which he never forgave Michael for not giving him the role he starred in on Broadway & for which he sold Michael the rights to) then any of the earlier successful movies he starred in during his legendary career.
Btw get the paperback edition a lot cheaper if you get the chance...
The characters come off very shallow in this book and indeed, perhaps they are although one believes that this could not possible be the case with people like the Douglas' who seem so fascinating on the screen.
Both Douglas's appear to be nothing more than two super egotists who love nothing more than having sex with as many women as they can. This is o.k and understandable...they are two fascinating, gorgeous men. But, come on. Is this all there is to them??
Michaels' wife, Diandre, comes off as a Waspy bitch, his next wife, Catherine, as a young up and coming actress who makes a good deal with herself by netting Douglas as her daddy/husband, Warren Beatty and Nicolson,as two morons who hang around swimming in his pool and looking for the next victim to have sex with.
Most of the book is pretty boring, almost listing Michael's movies, one after the other, either as success or failures. There were
many pages I simply skipped from boredom.
Michael Douglas deserves a better book than this one. His father Kirk, already wrote a better one about himself .......
Was glad to finish it. Learned nothing.
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