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ISBN13: 9780805093292
ISBN10: 080509329x
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A wryly funny and surprisingly moving account of an extraordinary life lived almost entirely in the public eye

A teen idol at fifteen, an international icon and founder of the Brat Pack at twenty, and one of Hollywood's top stars to this day, Rob Lowe chronicles his experiences as a painfully misunderstood child actor in Ohio uprooted to the wild counterculture of mid-seventies Malibu, where he embarked on his unrelenting pursuit of a career in Hollywood.

The Outsiders placed Lowe at the birth of the modern youth movement in the entertainment industry. During his time on The West Wing, he witnessed the surreal nexus of show business and politics both on the set and in the actual White House. And in between are deft and humorous stories of the wild excesses that marked the eighties, leading to his quest for family and sobriety.

Never mean-spirited or salacious, Lowe delivers unexpected glimpses into his successes, disappointments, relationships, and one-of-a-kind encounters with people who shaped our world over the last twenty-five years. These stories are as entertaining as they are unforgettable.

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"Lowe, actor and 1980s teen idol, delivers a keen and insightful look at how the movie industry packages a celebrity, the phenomenon of 'objectification,' and being 'The Next Big Thing.' His astute look into a Midwest childhood, as well as counterculture Malibu as a young adult, raises lifelong issues of isolation and detachment for him as he adapted the persona of 'a people pleaser with very few personal boundaries.' Lowe vividly records the making of Coppola's The Outsiders, witnessing the emergence of Tom Cruise, Matt Dillon, Emilio Estevez, and Patrick Swayze alongside his own career launch. He offers insightful anecdotes about people he knew throughout his career, such as Jodie Foster, Andy Warhol, Roman Polanski, Jane Fonda, Michael Dukakis, and Princess Stephanie of Monaco. In an era that he describes as self-indulgent, he discusses his alcoholism, his video escapade, and his life as defined by the term 'Brat Pack.' In the end of this honest memoir, Lowe tells of his reformed life, in which he got married, had a family, and landed a career-defining role in The West Wing. (May)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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A wryly funny and surprisingly moving account of an extraordinary life lived almost entirely in the public eye

About the Author

Rob Lowe is a film, television, and theater actor, a producer, and an entrepreneur. He also is involved in politics. He lives with his wife and two sons in California.

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Kelly Redcay, May 1, 2012 (view all comments by Kelly Redcay)
I loved hearing about Rob Lowe's childhood, and lifelong love of acting. His stories are engaging and thoughtfully told. I too hope for a "Part Two" and love him on Parks and Rec. He seems to have become such a level headed and like able man. I wish him all the best!
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Red-Jan-Pan, January 1, 2012 (view all comments by Red-Jan-Pan)

Excellent read;loved his work on the West Wing and was delighted to learn more about this very interesting and much under-rated actor.
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Katherine Stevens, August 4, 2011 (view all comments by Katherine Stevens)
A well-written memoir with lots of surprising, engrossing anecdotes from great movie shoots (The Outsiders and St. Elmo's Fire) and how a boy from Dayton, Ohio becomes a movie star. The stories of roles not won (Footloose) and political activism are just as entertaining. The book ends, sadly, with an abbreviated, less in-depth account of his time on The West Wing, but it's still a great read. For fans of his work since 2000, we'll have to wait for part two.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780805093292
Subtitle:
An Autobiography
Author:
Lowe, Rob
Publisher:
St. Martin's Griffin
Subject:
Biography-Entertainment and Performing Arts
Subject:
Entertainment & Performing Arts
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20120103
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
5 CDs, 6 hours
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
9.250 x 6.125 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Lowe, actor and 1980s teen idol, delivers a keen and insightful look at how the movie industry packages a celebrity, the phenomenon of 'objectification,' and being 'The Next Big Thing.' His astute look into a Midwest childhood, as well as counterculture Malibu as a young adult, raises lifelong issues of isolation and detachment for him as he adapted the persona of 'a people pleaser with very few personal boundaries.' Lowe vividly records the making of Coppola's The Outsiders, witnessing the emergence of Tom Cruise, Matt Dillon, Emilio Estevez, and Patrick Swayze alongside his own career launch. He offers insightful anecdotes about people he knew throughout his career, such as Jodie Foster, Andy Warhol, Roman Polanski, Jane Fonda, Michael Dukakis, and Princess Stephanie of Monaco. In an era that he describes as self-indulgent, he discusses his alcoholism, his video escapade, and his life as defined by the term 'Brat Pack.' In the end of this honest memoir, Lowe tells of his reformed life, in which he got married, had a family, and landed a career-defining role in The West Wing. (May)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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