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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (181 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Peter Biskind Narrator: David Drummond Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Famously a playboy, Warren Beatty has also been one of the most ambitious and successful stars in Hollywood. Several Beatty films have passed the test of time, from Bonnie and Clyde (which confirmed for him the importance of controlling the projects he was involved in) to Shampoo, Heaven Can Wait, Reds (for which he won an Oscar for Best Director), Bugsy, and Bulworth. Few filmgoers realize that along with Orson Welles, Beatty is the only person ever nominated for four Academy Awards for a single film—and unlike Welles, Beatty did it twice, with Heaven Can Wait and Reds. Peter Biskind shows how Beatty used star power, commercial success, savvy, and charm to bend Hollywood moguls to his will, establishing an unprecedented level of independence while still working within the studio system.

Beatty’s private life has been the subject of gossip for decades, and Star confirms his status as Hollywood’s leading man in the bedroom, describing his affairs with Joan Collins, Natalie Wood, Leslie Caron, Julie Christie, Michelle Phillips, Diane Keaton, and Madonna, among many others.

Throughout his career, Beatty has demonstrated a fascination for politics. He was influential in the 1984 and 1988 presidential campaigns of Gary Hart. It was said of Hart and Beatty that each wanted to be the other, and Biskind shows that there was considerable truth in that wry observation. As recently as a few years ago, Beatty was speaking out about California politics and contemplating a run for governor.

Biskind explains how Beatty exercised unique control, often hiring screenwriters out of his own pocket (and frequently collaborating with them), producing, directing, and acting in his own films, becoming an auteur before anyone in Hollywood knew what the word meant. He was arguably one of the most successful and creative figures in Hollywood during the second half of the twentieth century, and in this fascinating biography, Warren Beatty comes to life—complete with excesses and achievements—as never before.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Bookmarks Magazine | 2/14/2014

    " Though Biskind has done his best to appraise the aging star, his inexplicable indifference to Beatty's early life and his overt refusal to explore Beatty's marriage to Annette Bening leave gaping holes in this biography. Of Beatty's sexual escapades, there is "plenty here to satisfy the most prurient readers," but "once all the anxious throat clearing is out of the way, Biskind settles down to a genuine investigation of Beatty's enigmatic personality" (San Francisco Chronicle) with mixed results. Biskind seems sycophantically determined to convince readers that Beatty is "one of the foremost filmmakers of his generation." Star may have regaled British critics, but their American counterparts, though entertained, remained for the most part unimpressed. It seems the final word has yet to be written. This is an excerpt from a review published in Bookmarks magazine. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Laura | 2/11/2014

    " My thoughts that Warren is a pompous ass were confirmed. Didn't get too far in the book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Nicholas Kobach | 2/11/2014

    " lots of gossip, but that can't be avoided given the subject. interesting bio. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Betsy | 2/5/2014

    " 3.5 stars for the record. This is an odd book mostly because Beatty is a very odd subject (it turns out). Most people Biskind interviews seem to have a lot of negative things to say about Beatty and yet the bio is authorized and so Biskind also has to suck up to him. You end up with a weird mix of hearing a bunch of stories about how obsessive he is or how difficult to work with and then sweeping and incorrect comments from Biskind to wrap up the stories and make it better (like stating that Bugsy should have won the Oscar over Silence of the Lambs or that Bullworth is a really important movie). Still it is such a personal (sometimes too personal) look at such an odd person that it is a compelling read and offers some fun, anecdotal history about some movies and people that were important. "

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About the Author
Author Peter Biskind

Peter Biskind is a journalist and a former executive editor of Premiere magazine. He is best known for his entertaining and provocative portrayals of life in Hollywood. He is the author of a number of national bestsellers, including Easy Riders, Raging Bulls: How the Sex-Drugs-and-Rock ‘N’ Roll Generation Saved Hollywood; Down and Dirty Pictures: Miramax, Sundance, and the Rise of Independent Film; and Gods and Monsters: Movers, Shakers, and Other Casualties of the Hollywood Machine. Biskind has written for Rolling Stone, the New York Times, and the Washington Post, and he has served as contributing editor at Vanity Fair.