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Robert Redford: The Biographyby Michael Feeney Callan
Synopses & Reviews
The long-anticipated biography of Robert Redford.
Among the most widely admired Hollywood stars of his generation, Redford has appeared onstage and on-screen, in front of and behind the camera, earning Academy, Golden Globe, and a multitude of other awards and nominations for acting, directing, and producing, and for his contributions to the arts. His Sundance Film Festival transformed the world of filmmaking; his films defined a generation. America has come to know him as the Sundance Kid, Bob Woodward, Johnny Hooker, Jay Gatsby, and Roy Hobbs. But only now, with this revelatory biography, do we see the surprising and complex man beneath the Hollywood façade.
From Redford’s personal papers—journals, script notes, correspondence—and hundreds of hours of taped interviews, Michael Feeney Callan brings the legendary star into focus. Here is his scattered family background and restless childhood, his rocky start in acting, the death of his son, his star-making relationship with director Sydney Pollack, the creation of Sundance, his political activism, his artistic successes and failures, his friendships and romances. This is a candid, surprising portrait of a man whose iconic roles on-screen (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, All the President’s Men, The Natural) and directorial brilliance (Ordinary People, Quiz Show) have both defined and obscured one of the most celebrated, and, until now, least understood, public figures of our time.
From the Hardcover edition.
Draws on the Academy Award-winning actor, director and producer's personal documents to offer insight into the complex life behind his famous roles, covering such topics as the death of his son, his relationship with Sydney Pollack and his establishment of the Sundance Film Festival. 150,000 first printing.
About the Author
Michael Feeney Callan is the author of short stories, for which he won the Hennessy Literary Award; two novels; and several plays, as well as biographies of Anthony Hopkins, Richard Harris, Julie Christie, and Sean Connery. He has worked for the BBC, ITV, Ireland’s Ardmore Studios, and PBS as a writer, producer, and director of television dramas and documentaries. He lives in Dublin, Ireland.
Table of Contents
Introduction : America is the girl. California role. West — Two Americas — Krazy in Brentwood — East of Eden — Behind the mirror — Bonfaccio. At the academy — Graduation — The new frontier — Big pictures — Child's play — Toward Concord — -- Life on the mountain. Fame — Two and a half careers — Idols — Watergate — Out of acting — Painted frames — Canyon keeper. Sundance — One America? — Beyond hurricane country — Delivering the moment — The edge — The actor in transit — Jeremiah's way.
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