What's It All About?

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"There are things that I have done in my life that I should regret. I don't." On these pages is the familiar, engaging voice one expects to encounter: the Cockney lad who realized the impossible dream - unchanged, unfazed, still so astonished at his good fortune that his natural comedic impulse must continually poke fun at himself and his surroundings. Perhaps it has to do with the fact that, as Alfie, Michael Caine forever epitomized a culture that was coming of age in the sixties - the quintessence of the average man transformed by the promise
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"There are things that I have done in my life that I should regret. I don't." On these pages is the familiar, engaging voice one expects to encounter: the Cockney lad who realized the impossible dream - unchanged, unfazed, still so astonished at his good fortune that his natural comedic impulse must continually poke fun at himself and his surroundings. Perhaps it has to do with the fact that, as Alfie, Michael Caine forever epitomized a culture that was coming of age in the sixties - the quintessence of the average man transformed by the promise of changing times - or perhaps it's that few other actors have so magically forged a persona beyond the characters they've inhabited on screen. Whatever the reason, Michael Caine has remained one of the world's most versatile, enduring and beloved actors of our time. Born in 1933 in London's impoverished East End, Maurice Joseph Micklewhite had an eye disorder that made him appear sleepy, ears that stuck out at right angles and rickets that forced him to wear heavy boots ("I must have scared the hell out of all the other little kids"). With all the easy charm and humor of a natural raconteur, Caine enchants with tales of his hardworking mum and his hard-won journey to fame, his hilarious stint in the army ("they called it National Service; we called it hell") and terrifying time in the Korean jungles and his baptism into the Swinging London of Albert Finney, Vidal Sassoon, Terence Stamp, Julie Christie and Peter Sellers ("the only time in my life when nothing went wrong for anybody"). What's It All About? is also about the movies - from Alfie to Sleuth to The Man Who Would Be King to Hannah and Her Sisters - and about the craft. In the course of seventy-seven films, Caine has worked with such legends as Sir Laurence Olivier ("Call me Larry"), Elizabeth Taylor, Peter O'Toole, Sidney Poitier and Brigitte Bardot, and with such legendary directors as John Huston (who, at their first meeting, "looked like God on a bad day"),

The captivating autobiography of Academy Award-winning actor Michael Caine, whose movies include Educating Rita and Blame It on Rio. With the easy charm of a natural raconteur, Caine takes readers onto the sets and into the homes of Hollywood's most talented celebrities.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345386809
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 12/29/1993
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 466
  • Product dimensions: 4.21 (w) x 6.85 (h) x 1.08 (d)

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Michael Caine
Michael Caine

Sir Michael Caine has won two Academy Awards during his distinguished five-decade career on screen. Knighted in 2000, Caine was born in working-class Sussex, England, and served in the British Army before landing his first film role in Zulu (1964). His films include The Ipcress File, Alfie, Hannah and Her Sisters, The Cider House Rules, and Harry Brown. He is the author of the bestselling What's It All About?. He lives in Surrey with his wife of thirty-seven years.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2000

    He was never going to tell us who he slept with..

    Unlike many celebrity biographies, Michael Caine never set out to make a fortune from a kiss and tell type autobiography. Instead, he's given us a thoughtful account of his life in London's East End, his early years in theatre (a career for ehich he was eminently unsuitable), his breakthrough in Britain and his eventual move to Hollywood. Always enthralling, it is full of highly subjective comments throughout, which make it more personal than many bland autobiographies you read (many of which are ghost written). Thoroughly recommended.

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