Amid an onslaught of pretty-boy memoirs (including books by Tony Curtis and Robert Wagner, both of whose stories overlap Mr. Hamilton's), his is the one with the most flair…the reigning mood of this book, like Mr. Hamilton's approach to turning Dracula (Love at First Bite) and Zorro (Zorro, the Gay Blade) into camp classics, is self-deprecating good humor. And its stories are star-studded and wild
The New York Times
Hamilton's acting image-a "rich, preppy, Eastern WASP" with a year-round suntan-is a far cry from his "just folks" childhood in the Arkansas town where he was born in 1939. Hamilton gives credit for this transformation, in this gossipy tell-all, to his charismatic divorced mother, Teeny, and inventive half-brother Bill, who taught him how to create the illusion of glamour on a budget. Hamilton also attended military and boarding schools, where a flair for comedy helped him adjust to his new surroundings. Once in Hollywood in 1959 and with a contract to star in Vincente Minnelli's Home from the Hill, Harrison acclimated to a life of jet-setting, detailing his risqué dating exploits and romances with Lynda Bird Johnson and Elizabeth Taylor. Hamilton is a witty raconteur and has a gift for capturing the flair of his mother, while exhibiting a genuine sense of humor about himself. (Oct.)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Hamilton-known for films like Love at First Bite(1979) and Evel Knievel(1971) and TV shows including the more recent Dancing with the Stars-presents a refreshingly witty and fun Hollywood memoir. Hamilton embraced his atypical family and used the experiences to help create his Hollywood persona. His mother was always looking for husbands to support her lavish lifestyle, and his older brother helped her find financial support while Hamilton and the youngest brother were in school. They traveled cross-country many times in search of a suitable man, and Hamilton took up acting to help provide for his family. With his good looks, charm, and sophistication, he was a natural and knew how to market himself. Col. Tom Parker, who discovered Elvis, became a surrogate agent and friend to Hamilton, helping him with his career. Hamilton had flings with Elizabeth Taylor, Merle Oberon, and other top Hollywood divas. He tells all in this fascinating, humorous autobiography. Recommended for larger branches.
Colorful, charismatic star of stage and screen recounts 50 years of the Hollywood life, with the assistance of veteran co-author Stadiem (Too Rich: The High Life and Tragic Death of King Farouk, 1991, etc.). After Hamilton dishes out some spicy insider information from his stint on Dancing with the Stars in 2005 (steroid use, allowing his partner to blatantly mask his lack of dancing acumen), the actor dives right into his turbulent, nomadic childhood. After his parents divorced, Hamilton's Christian Scientist mother swiftly moved the family to Hollywood, where many years earlier she had unsuccessfully attempted a film career. The random relocations continued as she discovered better ways to live-and better men to live with. In 1950, when Hamilton was not yet 12, he was shipped off to live with his father, a bandleader in New York City. His urban "adult education" prospered by way of illicit sex with his stepmother, time spent at military school in Mississippi and a short-lived stay in Boston with his newly remarried mother. Following her from there to Washington, D.C., Acapulco and Palm Beach, he realized at an early age that he could garner attention with "the smile I had learned to use to cover all my fears." His love of the stage took hold at Palm Beach High School, and once he was back in Los Angeles Hamilton's career mushroomed from smaller roles into a prestigious contract with MGM. From this moment on, he drops Old Hollywood names with wild abandon. Some of the narrative reads like tabloid fodder, with Hamilton right in the middle of all the Tinseltown commotion. (The 69-year-old actor has two sons nearly 30 years apart in age.) His bountiful life has had its share of blunders,the dapper "silver fox" admits, but he is still able to "laugh at myself."Flashy and funny, with flamboyance to burn, just like Hamilton.
"[T]he reigning mood of this book...is self-deprecating good humor. And its stories are star-studded and wild..." -- Janet Maslin, The New York Times
"Hamilton is a witty raconteur, and has...a genuine sense of humor about himself." -- Publishers Weekly
"Charming...hilarious..." -- Vanity Fair
"[Hamilton] is smarter, edgier and sexier than one might expect. And he lives to entertain you!" -- Liz Smith, New York Post
"Juicy...self-deprecating and witty." -- The Los Angeles Times
"Flashy and funny, with flamboyance to burn, just like Hamilton." -- Kirkus Reviews