Ernie: The Autobiography

Ernie: The Autobiography

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by Ernest Borgnine
     
 

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We wept at his Oscar-winning role in Marty. . .we gasped when he took on Frank Sinatra in From Here to Eternity. . .we were riveted by his compelling performances in The Dirty Dozen, Bad Day at Black Rock, and Ice Station Zebra. . .and we laughed at his television sitcom McHale's Navy. We loved all of Ernest Borgnine's many…  See more details below

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We wept at his Oscar-winning role in Marty. . .we gasped when he took on Frank Sinatra in From Here to Eternity. . .we were riveted by his compelling performances in The Dirty Dozen, Bad Day at Black Rock, and Ice Station Zebra. . .and we laughed at his television sitcom McHale's Navy. We loved all of Ernest Borgnine's many portrayals, but what did we know about the man behind the famous roles? Now for the first time, he tells us in his own words the fascinating story of his life in this witty, candid, and revealing memoir.

For more than fifty years, Ernest--or "Ernie" as he's known to his friends--has been one of the most recognized, celebrated stars in Hollywood as well as a respected, talented actor, and a living legend. Stretching from his childhood as the son of Italian immigrants to a spectacular career that is still thriving in his 91st year, from the early days of live TV to the voiceovers for The Simpsons and SpongeBob SquarePants, Ernie tells of the trials and tribulations on his road to fame, the friendships he shared with some of the silver screen's biggest stars, and the glamorous leading ladies he loved.

Acclaimed for his ability to play sensitive and tough-guy roles equally well, he was also famous for squaring off against some of Hollywood's most formidable actresses--including Bette Davis in A Catered Affair and Joan Crawford in Johnny Guitar. Recalling his experiences starring in classic movies such as The Poseidon Adventure, The Wild Bunch, and Escape from New York, he reveals personal insights and irresistible stories about cinema's greatest icons--including Spencer Tracy, James Stewart, Kirk Douglas, Montgomery Clift, Gary Cooper, Janet Leigh, Raquel Welch, Gene Hackman, Rock Hudson, Sammy Davis, Jr., Tony Curtis, Alan Ladd, Glenn Ford, and Burt Lancaster. And with characteristic frankness, he also talks about his off-screen loves and passions.



A must for every film buff, Ernie: An Autobiography is a fascinating memoir--filled with secrets, well-remembered details, and never-before-told stories--of a star who has thrived in the changing world of Hollywood for more than half a century, and endeared himself to legions of fans everywhere.

"(Borgnine's) anecdotes are gleefully self-deprecating. . .he comes off as the kind of guy you'd like to have a beer with." --NY Post

"With astute observations on the Hollywood hierarchy and tales about everyone from Lee Marvin and Steve McQueen to Bette Davis and Kim Novak, (Borgnine) writes with an unassuming, no-nonsense tone. His love of filmmaking and his respect for his fellow actors permeates the pages of this engaging and satisfying memoir." --Publishers Weekly

"Modest and sweet. . .nicely boiled. Borgnine neither lashes out nor pulls punches." --Entertainment Weekly

"Now for the first time, (Borgnine) tells us in his own words the fascinating story of his life in this witty, candid, and revealing memoir. A must for every film buff. Fascinating. . .filled with secrets, well-remembered details, and never-before-told stories--of a star who has thrived in the changing world of Hollywood for more than half a century, and endeared himself to legions of fans everywhere." --Turner Classic Movies, TCM.com

". . .a satisfying detailed account of a decades-long career that also included memorable roles in durable blockbusters like The Wild Bunch and The Poseidon Adventure. He comes across as an unspoiled, nice guy who enjoyed his success. . .One of the finest unghosted Hollywood autobiographies." --ALA Booklist

"A super read. . .Ernie: The Autobiography by Ernest Borgnine is as nifty as he is." --Cindy Adams, NY Post

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For longevity, no top-flight actor in film history can match Ernest Borgnine: In 1956, he won the Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role. In 2008, at the age of 90, he received a Golden Globe nomination for the best performance by an actor in a mini-series or motion picture made for television. Borgnine's Ernie recaps an astonishing life that includes a WWII-era Navy stint that lasted ten years, a late (!) career start in acting, followed rapidly by major successes in From Here to Eternity, Marty (which won him his Oscar), The Dirty Dozen, Bad Day at Black Rock, and The Wild Bunch, to name but a few of his major films. And we haven't mentioned his five marriages (including one to Ethel Merman) and his long-running television hit, McHale's Navy. Not bad for the son of Italian immigrants.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780806531502
Publisher:
Kensington
Publication date:
08/01/2009
Sold by:
Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
291,463
File size:
592 KB

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Ernie: The Autobiography 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great man, great actor, great book! A light certainly went out when he passed last July. One of the last greats of Hollywood, and the last of The Wild Bunch. God speed Ernie.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you're thinking of controversial, dysfunctional Hollywood actors, Ernest Borgnine is unlikely to top the list. As advertised, the man met in this autobiography is "Ernie," a down to earth guy who has lived a long and interesting life. He takes the knocks without bitterness or vindictiveness, accepts triumphs without the big head, enjoys life and relishes every person encountered along the way. I did too. A few hours spent with this Hollywood legend is well worth the price of admission. It's very well written too!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very poiignant, funny and straightforward! You feel like Borgnine has invited you to dinner and is telling great stories that end up being his life! Very enjoyable with historical perspectives. A good read.
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Paul-Kyriazi More than 1 year ago
Ernie has been is so many classic movies, such as 'The Vikings', 'The Wild Bunch' 'Ice Station Zebra', so he has some real stories to tell. And it's good to get the truth about his short marraige to Ethal Merman. She left a blank page for here 'chapter' on Borgnine and you'll read Ernie's reaction to that. If you are a Borgnine fine, this book is five star. If you are a movie fan, this book is four star. Never a dull part in this book for me.
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Enjoyed this book about Ernest Borgnine, a native son of Connecticut. His writing "sounds" very much as one would imagine him speaking. If you liked him as an actor, you will enjoy reading about his life.
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lisabugIA More than 1 year ago
In his autobiography Mr. Borgnine opens up about his past, his passion for his work and the problems he faced on his road to doing the work that he loves. He makes a concerted effort to be fair to those he might not have good feelings for but still give the reader the reasons for his distaste. He has long been one of my favorite actors and this look into his past was wonderful. He only reinforced my belief that he is a true gentleman. Everyone makes mistakes, its what we do after them that seperates the men from the boys.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Shows a side of Hollywood, that is rarely seen or heard of. Respect for his fellow human beings ! Interesting and emotionally, provocative. A person who perfected his craft by studying and learning from experiences. A remarkable person who had compassion for his fellow workers. Shows that the up bringing of yesterdays and respect for ohters regardless of race , color, or religion, works!