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Mark AthitakisDennis McDougal paces his excellent biography of Jack Nicholson, who recently became a septuagenarian, with the command of an experienced marathoner. Nicholson's constant pursuit of success demands a writer who can keep up…The Nicholson that emerges remains a sphinx in Ray-Bans and often the rascal that his reputation suggests: He has hosted drug-fueled parties befitting his role as Marlon Brando's next-door neighbor, and at last year's Oscars he made a pass at a very married Nicole Kidman. But McDougal also successfully presents Nicholson as a full-blooded filmmaker who got to have it both ways: He helped establish Hollywood's risk-taking culture in the '70s and knew how to make a buck off of it.
—The Washington Post