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Barry Norman also explores the myths about the stars, the allegedly glamorous life of the movies and even gets to the bottom of his supposed catch-phrase. From early childhood spent in a film family, And Why Not? covers Hitler dropping bombs in Barry's back garden, his life of crime as a seven-year-old, his father's distinguished career as a film editor, producer and then director for the world-famous Ealing Studios among others and his mother's larceny. It also describes his years as a journalist in southern Africa and Fleet Street and then the strange twist of fate which led him into an unsought career on television. On the way, it takes in encounters with such well-known riffraff as Laurence Olivier, Richard Burton, Liz Taylor and Anthony Hopkins, all of whom he liked a lot, Peter Sellers and Bruce Willis, whom he didn't like at all, John Wayne, who tried to hit him and Robert De Niro, who didn't actually hit him but may well have thought seriously about doing so.