The Elephant to Hollywood

The Elephant to Hollywood

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It's been a long journey for Maurice Micklewhite - born with rickets in London's poverty-stricken Elephant & Castle - to the bright lights of Hollywood. With a glittering career spanning more than five decades and starring roles which have earned him two Oscars, a knighthood, and an iconic place in the Hollywood pantheon, the man now known to us as Michael Caine looks back over it all. Funny, warm, honest, Caine brings us his insider's view of Hollywood (where there's neither holly nor woods). He recalls the films, the legendary stars, the off-screen moments with a gift for story-telling only equalled by David Niven. Hollywood has been his home and his playground. But England is where his heart lies. And where he blames the French for the abundance of snails in his garden. A plaque now celebrates him at the Elephant in London. His handprint is one of only 200 since 1927 to decorate the hallowed pavement outside that mecca of Hollywood stars, Grauman's Chinese Theatre. A very British star, The Elephant to Hollywood is the remarkable full circle of Michael Caine's more

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  • Hardback | 416 pages
  • 154 x 236 x 42mm | 639.56g
  • Hodder & Stoughton General Division
  • Hodder & Stoughton Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 32pp colour and black and white photographs
  • 1444700014
  • 9781444700015
  • 52,283

About Michael Caine

Sir Michael Caine CBE has been Oscar-nominated six times, winning his first Academy Award for the 1986 film Hannah and Her Sisters and his second in 1999 for The Cider House Rules. He has starred in over one hundred films, becoming well-known for several critically acclaimed performances including his first major film role in Zulu in 1964, followed by films including The Ipcress Files, Get Carter, Alfie, The Italian Job, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and Educating Rita, and more recently The Dark Knight, Is Anybody There? and Harry Brown. He was appointed a CBE in 1992 and knighted in 2000 in recognition of his contribution to cinema. Married for more than 30 years, with two daughters and three grandchildren, he and his wife Shakira divide their time between England and the United more

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uproarious and unflinching Mail on Sunday Mr Caine is a charming raconteur...he writes with a quality that has grown rare among memoirists: good cheer New York Times Michael Caine's second work of memoir brims with his gift for genial anecdote, but this time there's a hint of sadness as he looks back Sunday Times To read Caine is to be in the company of an amiable, sentimental man who has achieved great success - and happiness - without appearing to be in the least smug. Daily Mail, John Preston A truly incredible life story. The Sun Not much mileage in discussing warm receptions then, unless it's to wonder if a literary festival crowd has ever sounded more fulfilled than when Michael Caine finally said "you're only supposed to blow the bloody doors off" and "not a lot of people know that" halfway through his appearance in Cheltenham last weekend. The Times you can hear his distinctive voice throughout, his fans will enjoy the ride. Choice a gold standard celebrity who makes the modern sort look cheap The Times most memorable... This follow-up might have seemed over-indulgent were it not for his self-deprecating vignettes, told in a voice as distinctive as his spoken one, that led to critical comparisons with David Niven's classic, The Moon's a Balloon. Independent Michael Caine fans will love his 'blow the bloody doors off' autobiography. Fabulous A jolly amble from the Elephant & Castle to international stardom...there's plenty of satisfying name-dropping from a gold-standard celebrity who makes the modern sort look cheap. Saturdays Times, Christmas Round-Up the peeks behind the silver screen make the book light up New Statesman Most compelling autobiography since David Niven's The Moon's A Balloon... he has brought this fascinating story up to date. RTE Guide, Ireland warm-hearted and well written autobiography. Despite his fame this celebrity has always kept his feet firmly on the ground and this enjoyable book shows how he did it. Sunday Express Caine makes acting look easy. He has a similarly light touch as a raconteur. Daily Telegraphshow more

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