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Ann Sperber and Eric Lax offer therevealing, intimate, definitive biography of the legendary Humphrey Bogart, detailing the arc and span of his personal and professional life--a story oftoil, tragedy, and triumph. Sperber and Lax exploreBogie's abusive childhood and the three unsuccessful marriages that precededthe lasting love he found with Lauren Bacall, and plumb the depths of hisarduous career working as Warner Brothers' go-to drudge actor for thirteenyears of B-list films before rising to stardom and ultimately achieving hisplace amongst Hollywood royalty. The Los Angeles Times calls Bogart "animmediate triumph . . . so rich in its research, so compelling in its writing, itis an absorbing human story of the motion picture business in the age ofHumphrey Bogart."
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Product details

  • Paperback | 676 pages
  • 149.86 x 228.6 x 33.02mm | 703.06g
  • It Books
  • English
  • Reissue
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 0062107364
  • 9780062107367
  • 697,542

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This model biography should become the standard study of Bogart. --Library Journal"
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Bogart paints an indelible portrait of a complex man, from the privilege and abuse he experienced in childhood to his triumphant 1935 acting breakthrough in The Petrified Forest to his classic roles as the cynical idealist Rick of Casablanca and the drunken yet lovable Charlie Allnut in The African Queen.

Based on more than two hundred interviews, years of research, and documents ranging from Warner Brothers script reports to an extensive FBI file, this is the definitive account of the immortal actor, painted against a backdrop of studio politics during Hollywood's Golden Age and the witch-hunts of the McCarthy era.

Bogart is engrossing and unforgettable--a biography as towering as the legend at its heart.
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