Montgomery Clift: A Biography [NOOK Book]

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Bosworth’s unforgettable portrait of one of Hollywood’s most magnetic, timeless, and tragic stars—Montgomery CliftFrom the moment he leapt to stardom with the films Red River and A Place in the Sun, Montgomery Clift was acclaimed by critics and loved by fans. Elegant, moody, and strikingly handsome, he became one of the most definitive actors of the 1950s, the first of Hollywood’s “loner heroes,”  a group that includes Marlon Brando and James Dean. In this affecting biography, Patricia Bosworth explores...
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Montgomery Clift: A Biography

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Overview

Bosworth’s unforgettable portrait of one of Hollywood’s most magnetic, timeless, and tragic stars—Montgomery CliftFrom the moment he leapt to stardom with the films Red River and A Place in the Sun, Montgomery Clift was acclaimed by critics and loved by fans. Elegant, moody, and strikingly handsome, he became one of the most definitive actors of the 1950s, the first of Hollywood’s “loner heroes,”  a group that includes Marlon Brando and James Dean. In this affecting biography, Patricia Bosworth explores the complex inner life and desires of the renowned actor. She traces a poignant trajectory: Clift’s childhood was dominated by a controlling, class-obsessed mother who never left him alone. He developed passionate friendships with Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor in spite of his closeted homosexuality. Then his face was destroyed after a traumatic car crash outside Taylor’s house. He continued to make films, but the loss of his beauty and subsequent addictions finally brought the curtain down on his career. Stunning and heartrending, Montgomery Clift is a remarkable tribute to one of Hollywood’s most gifted—and tormented—actors. 

An intimate and compelling portrait of an enigmatic, haunted, and gifted American actor, told in an intimate and vivid way. From his disturbing childhood to his early days in Hollywood to his tragic and untimely death, Montgomery Clift's story represents one of the true film legends.

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Editorial Reviews

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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781453245019
  • Publisher: Open Road Publishing
  • Publication date: 6/5/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 428
  • Sales rank: 201,546
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Patricia Bosworth (b. 1933) is a bestselling journalist and biographer. She is a contributing editor for Vanity Fair and a contributor to the New York Times and the Nation. She was also a Broadway actor for nearly a decade, and now runs the Playwrights/Directors Unit at the Actors Studio. Bosworth has taught nonfiction writing at Columbia University as senior fellow at the National Arts Journalism Program, and has lectured at Barnard, Yale University, and the New School. Her books include Montgomery Clift (1978), Diane Arbus (1984), Marlon Brando (2000), and Jane Fonda: The Private Life of a Public Woman (2011). 
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2001

    Beautifully Heartwrenching

    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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2013

    What a sad, sad tsl What a sad, sad tale about a great actor!

    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!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2012

    Highly Recommended

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2007

    A Sloppy Piece of Work

    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.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2001

    Absolutely bewildering, amazing biography

    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.

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