Gary Fishgall's profile of the career of actor-producer Burt Lancaster chronicles his impoverished East Harlem childhood, his 1946 screen debut with The Killers, his ascension to stardom in action and crime pictures, his dedicated and ultimately successful attempts to broaden his range in different types of movies, and his pioneering work as a postwar producer-star taking charge of his own image and aesthetic (through his company Hecht-Hill-Lancaster Productions). Extensively researched, with an eye for the colorful, sometimes mythic, often shocking anecdote.
From Publishers Weekly
“Lancaster (1913-1994) won an Oscar in 1960 for his role in Elmer Gantry, but the most remarkable achievement of his career was the sheer volume and diversity of his performances. In more than 70 films, the range and scope of his acting were broader than those of any other major star, according to the author. Fishgall supports this with critical comment on each of the star's leading and supporting roles, and does a good job of fleshing out the 30-odd years of Lancaster's life before he became a star with his film debut in The Killers (1946). Fishgall discusses the actor's three marriages, innumerable affairs, possible bisexuality (no evidence presented, plenty of rumors) and his involvement in the production end of moviemaking. With partners Harold Hecht and James Hill, Lancaster produced several financially and critically successful films, including Marty and Sweet Smell of Success. On the personal level, Lancaster comes across here as distinctly less interesting than his work: an insensitive, humorless, unsociable man with a volatile temper and a mean streak. Fishgall has worked as an actor, a director and a drama critic.”
- Publisher : Scribner (September 18, 1995)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 464 pages
- Item Weight : 1.74 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.5 x 1.25 x 9.75 inches