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Warren Beatty Audiobook

Warren Beatty: A Private Man

Warren Beatty guarded his privacy even before he became a movie star, when he burst onto the screen in 1961 as the earnestly handsome all-American boy in Splendor in the Grass. When he started acting, Beatty kept secret the fact that actress Shirley MacLaine, already a star, was his older sister. Over time, he has cultivated a mystique, giving few interviews and instructing others not to talk about him. Until now.
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Warren Beatty guarded his privacy even before he became a movie star, when he burst onto the screen in 1961 as the earnestly handsome all-American boy in Splendor in the Grass. When he started acting, Beatty kept secret the fact that actress Shirley MacLaine, already a star, was his older sister. Over time, he has cultivated a mystique, giving few interviews and instructing others not to talk about him. Until now.

Through years of groundbreaking research, lauded biographer Suzanne Finstad gained unprecedented access to Beatty's family, close friends, and film colleagues, including such luminaries in the arts and politics as Jane Fonda, Goldie Hawn, Leslie Caron, Robert Towne, Mike Nichols, and Senators John McCain, George McGovern, and Gary Hart. Weaving hundreds of these candid interviews, photographs from private albums, personal letters, diaries, and the previously unpublished papers of the late Natalie Wood, and mentors such as directors Elia Kazan and George Stevens, playwrights Clifford Odets and William Inge, and agent Charles Feldman, Warren Beatty unveils the real Beatty, a complex, sensitive visionary torn between the "fairly puritanical, football-playing boy" from Virginia and his Hollywood playboy image.

©2005 Suzanne Finstad, Inc.; (P)2005 Books on Tape

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    John 09-12-08
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    "slow, dry read"

    Spent 2 credits on this purchase and I'm just about finished listening. Interesting person (Beatty) but the narration is flat and makes the same points over and over again. I'm 14 hours into the book and he's just finished Bonnie & Clyde. Well researched with tons of detail but the pace is s-l-o-w.

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    Anna M. Kauffman san francisco 08-07-15
    Anna M. Kauffman san francisco 08-07-15 Member Since 2014

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    I bought this book because I had nothing interesting to read...and thought it would be fun to spend some time in Hollywood in the 1960's/1970's..boy was I ever surprised...I started noticing Warren when he was on The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis...he was a standout even then...but all the negative publicity written about him in his early career put me off and I never cared much for him....and then of all people I thought I could never like was Warren but this book shows he is not just smart and a true talent but just the nicest man..i enjoyed every moment I spend with Warren...and now that I have finished the book I miss him....


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    K 11-04-13
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    What disappointed you about Warren Beatty?

    I was excited to hear the story; Beatty is an interesting guy. The narration put me off. I kept coming back, but it was so bad I ended up deleting without finishing.


    What did you like best about this story?

    As I'd hoped, the story is good. Beatty led a very interesting life. He's just whack enough to keep your attention.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Suzanne Finstad?

    Someone. Anyone that has a bit of acting ability and life in their voice. She wrote a good book, so I suppose she figured she could do well with the recording. But like many songwriters that think they can sing ... not a good idea. It was monotone and monotonous. Almost like a kid reciting in class ... if I didn't know she'd written it, I would have said she had never heard of Warren Beatty.


    What character would you cut from Warren Beatty?

    The book is well-written, and all the characters are covered properly.


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