Clint Eastwood: Riding High

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America's favorite cowboy has dominated the box office for thirty years - yet closely guarded his personal life and loves. Now, for the first time, the human side of this superstar is revealed in Clint Eastwood: Riding High. Veteran Hollywood insider Douglas Thompson was invited to go one-on-one with the intensely private Eastwood in the actor's adopted hometown of Carmel-by-the-Sea and reports firsthand on Eastwood's days of civic business and their relaxed evening chats at the actor's own Hog's Breath Inn. With...
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Overview

America's favorite cowboy has dominated the box office for thirty years - yet closely guarded his personal life and loves. Now, for the first time, the human side of this superstar is revealed in Clint Eastwood: Riding High. Veteran Hollywood insider Douglas Thompson was invited to go one-on-one with the intensely private Eastwood in the actor's adopted hometown of Carmel-by-the-Sea and reports firsthand on Eastwood's days of civic business and their relaxed evening chats at the actor's own Hog's Breath Inn. With straight-from-the-hip honesty, Eastwood reveals what lies behind his status as a billion-dollar cowboy - his beliefs and principles, his faults and failings, his driving personal ambition, and his views on Hollywood. Thompson also interviewed those who have lived and worked with Eastwood, including his former wife, Maggie, longtime lover Sondra Locke, costar Donna Mills, and director Don Siegel, Eastwood's mentor and colleague. Their insightful perspectives reveal the complex nature of the man: ruthless yet tender, driven yet down-to-earth, affable yet aloof. Close friends share their recollections, including a hilarious story from Burt Reynolds (fired from Universal the same day as Eastwood), shrewd character observations from Marsha Mason, and matchmaking attempts by Frank Sinatra. Clint Eastwood: Riding High tells it all - his loves and hates, his heartaches, his passions and desires.
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First published in Great Britain last year with the title Clint Eastwood: Sexual Cowboy , this gossipy biographical sketch was assembled from interviews with Eastwood and others conducted by the author, a Hollywood insider. The best parts provide behind-the-scene stories, such as the U.S. Marines' withdrawing support of Heartbreak Ridge (1986) because of profanity in the film and Marsha Mason discussing her juicy role as the ex-wife. Also interesting are details about Eastwood's early career and before, including his descriptions of his well-known swim to shore after the plane that was flying him and other green soldiers to the Korean War ditched in the ocean. But the long, tedious monologs by Eastwood and Sondra Locke discussing their breakup are of limited appeal. Though dated, the best comprehensive biography is still Iain Johnstone's The Man with No Name: Clint Eastwood ( LJ 10/15/81), which was adapted from a BBC-TV production. Still, Eastwood's roundup of Oscars this year will incite patron interest. Recommended for general collections.-- Richard W. Grefrath, Univ. of Nevada Lib., Reno
Donna Seaman
Star biographer Thompson knows what's hot, anticipating Madonna's own bestseller with his "Madonna Revealed" and now delivering the first book in years about the mysterious and multitalented megastar Clint Eastwood, currently at the top of his form as both director and actor. While Thompson's prose is serviceable at best, he does manage to convey a brisk, balanced portrait of Eastwood, beginning with his upbringing during the Depression, which inspired a fierce work ethic and need for independence. Discovered in true Hollywood-fantasy fashion at age 23, Eastwood won his first big role on TV as "Rawhide"'s Rowdy Yates. Thompson doles out anecdotes about each of Eastwood's many films, from "Fistful of Dollars" to "Play Misty for Me", in which he made his directorial debut, the infamous Dirty Harry series, and his outstanding and lyrical recent work. There are also telling tales about Eastwood's stint as mayor of Carmel and, on the personal side, facts and gossip about his 31-year marriage and enigmatic long-term affair with frequent co-star Sondra Locke. Eastwood's peppery comments on acting, directing, love, jazz, art, violence, and on his public image versus his true self enrich the narration considerably.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780809237678
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill/Contemporary
  • Publication date: 3/1/1993
  • Pages: 224

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