Michael Douglas: Acting on Instinct

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The life story of the Academy Award-winning actor, from Streets of San Francisco to cancer survivor
 
Michael Douglas is a Hollywood son who waged a battle against the odds to achieve his fame and fortune, and has kept on fighting with every challenge he faceshere is his compelling and remarkable story. It details how, in the shadow of his father Kirk's overpowering fame, Douglas forged a career for himself and became ...

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Overview

The life story of the Academy Award-winning actor, from Streets of San Francisco to cancer survivor
 
Michael Douglas is a Hollywood son who waged a battle against the odds to achieve his fame and fortune, and has kept on fighting with every challenge he faceshere is his compelling and remarkable story. It details how, in the shadow of his father Kirk's overpowering fame, Douglas forged a career for himself and became recognized in his own right as an award-winning actor and producer. The toll fame has taken on Michael's personal life is also discussed—his struggles with sexual addiction, his treatment for alcoholism and drug dependency, the breakup of his first marriage, and his eldest son's 2010 sentencing to five years in prison for drug dealing. Yet, despite a rocky road, Michael has found happiness later in life. His marriage to Catherine Zeta Jones is also discussed, a marriage that meant a second shot at fatherhood and gave him strength following a devastating diagnosis of advanced throat cancer at the age of 65.

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"Parker's well-researched biography chronicles his subject's life and times with obvious appreciation."  —Mail on Sunday

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780755362561
  • Publisher: Headline Book Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 10/1/2012
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 426
  • Sales rank: 1,446,459
  • Product dimensions: 5.28 (w) x 7.62 (h) x 1.14 (d)

Meet the Author

John Parker, a journalist and former Fleet Street editor, has undertaken many investigative projects in his writing career with topics ranging from the Mafia to Northern Ireland. His numerous books include several military bestsellers including THE GURKHAS, DEATH OF A HERO and SBS: THE INSIDE STORY OF THE SPECIAL BOAT SERVICE.
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Table of Contents

Prologue 1

Chapter 1 Tense Beginnings 9

Chapter 2 Parental Discord 23

Chapter 3 Letters from Father 43

Chapter 4 Banana Road 55

Chapter 5 My Friend Danny 65

Chapter 6 San Francisco Nights 83

Chapter 7 Cuckoo's Nest 103

Chapter 8 Oscars Galore 117

Chapter 9 Enter Diandra 127

Chapter 10 Exploding Myths 145

Chapter 11 Elation to Despair 165

Chapter 12 Separation 179

Chapter 13 Unsettling Decisions 199

Chapter 14 Tears on the Nile 213

Chapter 15 Fatal Attraction 223

Chapter 16 No More Mr Nice Guy 235

Chapter 17 Long Days, Lonely Nights 253

Chapter 18 In Danny's War 269

Chapter 19 Hot and Sexy 285

Chapter 20 Inner Demons 309

Chapter 21 Some Kind of Hero 323

Chapter 22 Into Africa...Out of Marriage 345

Chapter 23 Twenty Million 361

Chapter 24 Catherine Expects 383

Chapter 25 What Happened? 397

Filmography 421

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