Montgomery Clift

Montgomery Clift

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by Patricia Bosworth
     
 

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(Limelight). "...Because of Bosworth's artistry, her ability to choose the right details, and her own immersion in the subject... this book is an amazing excursion into a life." New York Times Book Review "It stands as the definitive work on the gifted, haunted actor." Los Angeles Times "Here it is the real thing inside Montgomery CLift. I've known other actors as

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(Limelight). "...Because of Bosworth's artistry, her ability to choose the right details, and her own immersion in the subject... this book is an amazing excursion into a life." New York Times Book Review "It stands as the definitive work on the gifted, haunted actor." Los Angeles Times "Here it is the real thing inside Montgomery CLift. I've known other actors as well, but none with such a harrowing tale. I kept wondering, could Patricia Bosworth have been there? Everywhere? The book is that vivid and intimate." Elia Kazan

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Rosalyn Drexler
…because of [Bosworth's] artistry, her ability to chose the right details, and her own total emersion in the subject…[This book] is an amazing excursion into a life.
—Rosalyn Drexler, New York Times Book Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780879101350
Publisher:
Hal Leonard Corporation
Publication date:
08/28/2004
Edition description:
Fourth Limelight Edition
Pages:
472
Sales rank:
367,085
Product dimensions:
6.09(w) x 9.24(h) x 1.29(d)

What People are saying about this

Molly Haskell
An enthralling book…it reads like a first rate novel.
Garson Kanin
With the courage of indiscretion, [Bosworth] gives us a full length portrait…the meteoric, brilliant, enigmatic and ultimately hapless Monty has lucked out at last…in death, he found the perfect biographer.
Gerald Frank
…the definitive biography. Patricia Bosworth has made an inquiry into the hidden life of Montgomery Clift, and for the first time uncovered as well the secret that tormented his mother and helps to explain their extraordinary relationship. The result is a life that is a once devastating and moving—the passage through hell of a gifted actor, a man maddened by his homosexuality even as he was driven to live with the truth.
Elia Kazan
Here it is —the real thing—inside Montgomery Clift. I've known other actors as well, but none with such a harrowing tale. I kept wondering, could Patricia Bosworth have been there? Everywhere? The book is that vivid and intimate.
Eleanor Perry
A hypnotizing story of self destruction pushed to its inevitable limits…a shocker, can't be put down.
Gore Vidal
Thanks to the intelligence and industry of Patricia Bosworth, the haunted and harrowing life of Montgomery Clift is fixed forever in her fine biography—a story almost as resonant of a time and place as that of Dreiser's doomed character whom Clift played so beautifully in A Place in the Sun…a compelling job.

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Montgomery Clift 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This, being my first Monty Biography, engulfed me as did the first James Dean bio I read. Because when you have no preconceptions and are totally open when reading a good bio, it becomes a reality and a truth for you, for the rest of your life...If it is well written. This Is Well Written! It begins tracing his family back at least 2 gen's. There is such specificity throughout the book that you watch the movie of his life in that silver screen in your head. As with all of the 'Tragic Beautiful Boys(of which there were few)his life story is painful and gut wrenching.You hate them for their penchant for self destruction-but that's what makes them so endearing. I haven't found hardly any other bios on him(havent' read any others yet) but this is an absolute must! Let it engulf you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I bought this book, I really didn't know much about Monty Clift other than the fact he was an amazing actor, gifted beyond belief. But this book was astonishing! I never imagined he had a life so filled with twists and turns, so complicated and tormented. I honestly felt terrible for him, and the story of his life is a very sad one, as beautiful as he was( and he was VERY beautiful). You almost want to reach out to him as you read all the details, and in the end you have a new grasp of what it might have felt like to be in his shoes, and a better understanding of why his life ended the way it did.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book about a very driven person. It would have been much better if his mother and father had given Montgomery and his sister, Ethel, up for adoption to some cattle farmers in Minnesota! Sunny, his mother, seemed exactly as Monty described her---a self-serving you-know-what! The book was very discrptive and very engaging!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this book as the movie stars of yesteryear are fast fading. Even interesting biographies that were once written about some such as Esther Williams are no longer available. Every time I see another biography about a movie star from the 40s, 50s, 60s and even 70s, I feel the urge to buy the book because I know that will be the end of learning about the interesting lives Hollywood stars lived.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It is tragic that Bosworth¿s biography is still the primary resource for people who want to learn about this tragic actor. Bosworth¿s research methods have become questioned, and her conclusion for Clift¿s demise (hiding his alleged homosexuality) has been panned. Bosworth¿s writing is the sloppiest I have read for a bio. She casually describes Clift¿s romantic affairs with no information to back them up. Clift¿s ¿lovers¿ remain anonymous or are given fake names. As for where his sexuality developed, he just went `¿in and out¿ of relationships with men and women. There¿s no reason as to why he went the direction Bosworth indicates. The only area where Bosworth deserves good credit is for her research of the Clift family history, which is deep and extensive. Other than that, this book is undeserving of any praise.
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