Leonardo DiCaprio: A Biography

Leonardo DiCaprio: A Biography

by Nancy Krulik, Nancy Krulik
     
 
At the age of twenty-three, Leonardo DiCaprio has already achieved the kind of success for which most actors strive their entire career. His talent shines in his Golden Globe-nominated performance as Jack Dawson in the blockbuster film Titanic though his turn as a modern-day Romeo to Claire Danes' Juliet had already cemented his status as a romantic personality

Overview

At the age of twenty-three, Leonardo DiCaprio has already achieved the kind of success for which most actors strive their entire career. His talent shines in his Golden Globe-nominated performance as Jack Dawson in the blockbuster film Titanic though his turn as a modern-day Romeo to Claire Danes' Juliet had already cemented his status as a romantic personality.


But Leo isn't all glamour -- in addition to stealing the hearts of his female fans, he has gained the respect of his acting peers and cinema critics. By age nineteen, he had earned Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations for his supporting role in What's Eating Gilbert Grape? Critics have even compared Leo to such larger-than-life actors
as James Dean and Brad Pitt.


From his early days on the TV series Growing Pains through the long-awaited Titanic to The Man in the Iron Mask, and his new work with Woody Allen, read all about this young actor whose star is definitely on the rise!

Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Ann Bouricius
Rather than a biography, although tidbits about Leo's life are included, this brief book is a gushy, glorified look at the current teenage idol. Krulik has the writing style of a fan magazine; for instance, in speaking of the many Devoted-to-Leo Websites: "So what if Leo's only on the computer screen-a girl can dream, can't she?" Krulik gives us the usual information about Leo, liberally sprinkled with unattributed quotes. There is a short chapter on some of Leo's leading ladies, the films he has been in, and the awards he has received, but Krulik also shares with us a Leo trivia list, the Leo Lover's Ultimate Challenge, and a list of Web sites that were in existence when I checked. She also lets us in on some secrets. For example, in numerology, Leo is a seven. She describes how to find out what number you are, then see if you are just right for Leo. "Hopefully you are!" We learn that in Chinese astrology Leo is a tiger, and his sun sign is Scorpio. While this may not have anything to do with acting, it is the kind of thing that will start young girls dreaming of their idol. This is not a scholarly look at a young idol. It is not intended to be. It is intended to fire the flames of Leo's many fans, and as such, it does succeed. This slim book should be very popular with the pre-teen crowd who read Teen-Beat-type magazines. It is similar to Catalano's earlier book, Leonardo DiCaprio: Modern Day Romeo (Dell, 1997/VOYA October 1997) but is aimed at a slightly younger audience. Photos. VOYA Codes: 3Q 5P M J (Readable without serious defects, Every YA (who reads) was dying to read it yesterday, Middle School-defined as grades 6 to 8 and Junior High-defined as grades 7 to 9).

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780671024864
Publisher:
Simon Pulse
Publication date:
04/28/1998
Pages:
95
Product dimensions:
4.25(w) x 6.80(h) x 0.39(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Read an Excerpt

The crowd of screaming fans outside Tokyo's Orchard Hall Theater was already six rows deep by the time the limousines pulled up. It was November 1, 1997, and the new movie, Titanic, was making its world premiere at the Tokyo International Film Festival.

Titanic may have been the headlining film at the festival, but it was the movie's star, Leonardo DiCaprio, that was making headlines. From the moment it was announced that Leo would attend the premiere, fans had become fanatical about finding a good viewing spot outside the theater. In fact, Leo-mania had become so strong in Japan that Twentieth Century Fox (Titanic's international distributor) provided the twenty-three-year-old star with forty-nine security guards. That was a good move. As soon as Leo's limo turned the corner, the fans made a mad dash for the car, knocking over many of the guards and policemen, hoping to get a glimpse of Leo's bright blue-green eyes, blond hair, and shy smile.

A glimpse was about all the fans would get before the Fox guards quickly hustled Leo past the crowds and into the theater, where he was again greeted by screaming fans. When Leo took the stage just before the film began, he declared that his Japanese fans were among the "Best and most loyal in the world." This, of course, made the crowd go wild. Leo didn't have to say another word, which was a good thing, since he's petrified of speaking in public.

It was official. Leonardo DiCaprio was now a worldwide superstar, a member of Hollywood's elite, or, as Leo would have said in his youth, part of that other Hollywood.

Leo has lived all of his life in tinsel town. But the Hollywood Leo knew as a boy was far from shimmering....

Copyright © 1998 Nancy Krulik. All Rights Reserved

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