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    DescriptionFamously a playboy, Warren Beatty has also been one of the most ambitious and successful stars in Hollywood. Several Beatty films have passed the test of time, from "Bonnie and Clyde" (which confirmed for him the importance of controlling the projects he was involved in) to "Shampoo," "Heaven Can Wait," "Reds" (for which he won the best director Oscar), "Bugsy," and "Bulworth." Few filmgoers realize that along with Orson Welles, Beatty is the only person ever nominated for four Academy Awards for a single film--and unlike Welles, Beatty did it twice, with "Heaven Can Wait" and "Reds." Peter Biskind shows how Beatty used star power, commercial success, savvy, and charm to bend Hollywood moguls to his will, establishing an unprecedented level of independence while still working within the studio system. Beatty's private life has been the subject of gossip for decades, and "Star" confirms his status as Hollywood's leading man in the bedroom, describing his affairs with Joan Collins, Natalie Wood, Leslie Caron, Julie Christie, Michelle Phillips, Diane Keaton, and Madonna, among many others. Throughout his career, Beatty has demonstrated a fascination for politics. He was influential in the 1984 and 1988 presidential campaigns of Gary Hart. It was said of Hart and Beatty that each wanted to be the other, and Biskind shows that there was considerable truth in that wry observation. As recently as a few years ago, Beatty was speaking out about California politics and contemplating a run for governor. Biskind explains how Beatty exercised unique control, often hiring screenwriters out of his own pocket (and frequently collaborating with them), producing, directing, and acting in his own films, becoming an auteur before anyone in Hollywood knew what the word meant. He was arguably one of the most successful and creative figures in Hollywood during the second half of the twentieth century, and in this fascinating biography, Warren Beatty comes to life--complete with excesses and achievements--as never before.

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    How Warren Beatty Seduced America
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Peter Biskind, Narrator David Drummond
    Physical properties
    Format: CD-Audio
    Width: 137 mm
    Height: 191 mm
    Thickness: 15 mm
    Weight: 91 g
    ISBN 13: 9781400165742
    ISBN 10: 1400165741

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: BIO
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.1
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    B&T General Subject: 170
    DC22: B
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/20CNTY
    BISAC V2.8: BIO005000
    DC22: 791.43092
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    Ingram Subject Code: JA
    Libri: I-JA
    DC22: 791.4302/8092
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 55880
    LC classification: PN2287.B394 B57 2010D
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    Edition statement
    Tantor Media, Inc
    Imprint name
    Tantor Media, Inc
    Publication date
    08 February 2010
    Publication City/Country
    Old Saybrook, CT
    Author Information
    Peter Biskind, a journalist and a former executive editor of "Premiere" magazine, is the author of "Easy Riders, Raging Bulls: How the Sex-Drugs-and-Rock 'N' Roll Generation Saved Hollywood" and "Down and Dirty Pictures: Miramax, Sundance, and the Rise of Independent Film." David Drummond has been narrating audiobooks for a few years now and hopes one of these days to get it right. He much prefers dead authors and live audiences.
    Review quote
    "A complicated portrait of a complicated man." ---Publishers Weekly Starred Review