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ISBN13: 9781451642605
ISBN10: 1451642601
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Told in the charming and self-deprecating style that has made him one of America’s most beloved actors, here is the real story behind Hollywood legend James Garner—from his Depression-era childhood to his colorful star-studded career.

One of Hollywood’s great leading men, James Garner boasts a career that spans six decades on television and the silver screen. Whether known as Bret Maverick, Jim Rockford, or Noah Calhoun, Garner’s appeal transcends generations. Now, at last, he shares the extraordinary truth behind his rags-to-riches story.

After suffering physical abuse at the hands of his stepmother, Garner left home at fourteen. He became Oklahoma’s first draftee of the Korean War and was honored with two Purple Hearts before returning to the United States and settling in Los Angeles to become an actor. Working alongside some of the most renowned celebrities, including Julie Andrews, Marlon Brando, and Clint Eastwood, Garner became a star in his own right, despite struggles with stage fright and depression. In The Garner Files, this revered actor and quintessential self-made man recalls “trying to decipher” Audrey Hepburn, breaking Doris Day’s ribs, having a “heart-to-heart and eyeball-to-eyeball” with Steve McQueen, being “a card-carrying liberal—and proud of it,” and much more.

A page-turning blend of personal reflection and Hollywood glamour, The Garner Files emerges as a compelling portrait of a household name as he navigates the turmoil and unpredictability of a life on screen.

Review:

"Though Garner fans are aging — inevitable, since the star himself is 84-years-old — there are plenty who'll snap up this enjoyable memoir. Having gained a loyal following through TV series such as Maverick and The Rockford Files, and films including The Great Escape and The Notebook, Garner has remained in the public eye for more than six decades. Wherever you fall on the Garner spectrum, there's plenty to love in this book. Garner (or more likely Winokur) has a knack for telling a story and finding the perfect quote to tie it all together. Summing up his difficult childhood, which included an alcoholic father and an abusive stepmother, Garner says he lived through 'The Depression. In Oklahoma. In the dust. After that, studio executives don't bother you at all.' He fell into acting because 'a woman pulled out of a parking space in front of a producer's office' and he pulled in. In describing meeting his wife, Garner says he 'fell in love for the first and last time on August 1, 1956.' Even if this charming book has some choppy and random moments, it still resembles a conversation with an old friend who loves to tell colorful stories. (Nov.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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After suffering physical abuse at the hands of his stepmother, Garner left home at fourteen. He became Oklahoma’s first draftee of the Korean War and was awarded with two Purple Hearts before returning to the United States and settling in Los Angeles to become an actor. Working alongside some of the most renowned celebrities, including Julie Andrews, Marlon Brando, and Clint Eastwood, Garner became a star in his own right, despite struggles with stage fright and depression. In The Garner Files, this revered actor and quintessential self-made man recalls “trying to decipher” William Wyler with Audrey Hepburn and Shirley MacLaine, breaking Doris Day’s ribs, having a “heart-to-heart and eyeball-to-eyeball” with Steve McQueen, being “a card-carrying liberal—and proud of it,” and much more

Synopsis:

The intimate and revealing memoir from Hollywood's original maverick, James Garner, now available in hardcover.

About the Author

James Garner has starred in numerous television shows and films, from Maverick and The Rockford Files to The Great Escape with Steve McQueen and Victor Victoria with Julie Andrews.

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spacebarshift, August 12, 2012 (view all comments by spacebarshift)
Thoughtful, blunt and very sharp. A must-remember for those wondering about showbiz and how to still succeed rightfully.
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Suzanne Moore, January 31, 2012 (view all comments by Suzanne Moore)
I'm now reading this for the second time. I've been a Garnerphile since Maverick, and I never expected the very private Jim Garner to write this book. Really, really glad his friend, Jon Winocur, talked him into it though! It's Jim from cover to cover - you can hear Jim's voice in every word. Even if you're not into golf, DO read the golf chapter. If you don't, you are going to miss some of the best howlers in the book. And I DO mean LOL!
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Miriam Moore, January 3, 2012 (view all comments by Miriam Moore)
An engaging, entertaining look into the life of a great star. An easy read that rewards the reader with interesting stories, and many laugh-out-loud moments.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781451642605
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Subject:
Biography - General
Author:
Winokur, Jon
Author:
Garner, James Finn
Author:
Andrews, Julie
Author:
Garner, James
Publication Date:
20111131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.12 in

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Product details 288 pages Simon & Schuster - English 9781451642605 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Though Garner fans are aging — inevitable, since the star himself is 84-years-old — there are plenty who'll snap up this enjoyable memoir. Having gained a loyal following through TV series such as Maverick and The Rockford Files, and films including The Great Escape and The Notebook, Garner has remained in the public eye for more than six decades. Wherever you fall on the Garner spectrum, there's plenty to love in this book. Garner (or more likely Winokur) has a knack for telling a story and finding the perfect quote to tie it all together. Summing up his difficult childhood, which included an alcoholic father and an abusive stepmother, Garner says he lived through 'The Depression. In Oklahoma. In the dust. After that, studio executives don't bother you at all.' He fell into acting because 'a woman pulled out of a parking space in front of a producer's office' and he pulled in. In describing meeting his wife, Garner says he 'fell in love for the first and last time on August 1, 1956.' Even if this charming book has some choppy and random moments, it still resembles a conversation with an old friend who loves to tell colorful stories. (Nov.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by , After suffering physical abuse at the hands of his stepmother, Garner left home at fourteen. He became Oklahoma’s first draftee of the Korean War and was awarded with two Purple Hearts before returning to the United States and settling in Los Angeles to become an actor. Working alongside some of the most renowned celebrities, including Julie Andrews, Marlon Brando, and Clint Eastwood, Garner became a star in his own right, despite struggles with stage fright and depression. In The Garner Files, this revered actor and quintessential self-made man recalls “trying to decipher” William Wyler with Audrey Hepburn and Shirley MacLaine, breaking Doris Day’s ribs, having a “heart-to-heart and eyeball-to-eyeball” with Steve McQueen, being “a card-carrying liberal—and proud of it,” and much more
"Synopsis" by , The intimate and revealing memoir from Hollywood's original maverick, James Garner, now available in hardcover.
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