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Michael Douglas: A Biography

By Marc Eliot

A groundbreaking portrait of 1 of Hollywood’s so much profitable stars, from severely acclaimed  and bestselling biographer Marc Eliot
 
via selection, inventiveness, and aura, Michael Douglas emerged from the lengthy shadow forged by means of his movie-legend father, Kirk Douglas, to turn into his personal guy and one of many movie industry’s so much formi­dable gamers.
 
Overcoming the curse of failure that haunts the little kids of Hollywood celebrities, Michael grew to become a sensation while he effectively introduced One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, starring his good friend Jack Nicholson, to the display after quite a few setbacks, together with his father’s personal failed makes an attempt to make it occur. This 1975 box-office phenomenon received Michael his first Oscar (the movie gained 5 overall, together with most sensible Picture), an award Kirk hadn’t gained on the time, and solidified the turbulent, aggressive father-son courting that will form Michael’s occupation and private life.
 
within the many years that undefined, Michael demonstrated a name for taking probabilities on new expertise and proj­ects by means of generating and starring within the highly winning Romancing the Stone and Jewel of the Nile movies, whereas cultivating a multifaceted performing persona—edgy, rebel­lious, and a bit dark—in such motion pictures as Wall road, deadly charm, simple intuition, and Disclosure.
 
but as his occupation thrived, Michael’s own lifestyles floundered, with an unsatisfied and tumultuous first mar­riage, rumors of infidelity (especially with best girls comparable to Kathleen Turner), and a headline-grabbing stint in rehab. Rocked by way of a chain of tragedies, together with Kirk’s strokes, his son Cameron’s incarceration, and his personal struggle opposed to throat melanoma, Michael has emerged trium­phant, fit, and satisfied in his marriage to Catherine Zeta-Jones, a Welsh actress twenty-five years his junior, and their new younger family.

In Michael Douglas, Marc Eliot brings into sharp fo­cus this amazing occupation, advanced own existence, and mythical Hollywood relations. Eliot’s interesting portrait of the lows and memorable highs in Michael’s life—in­cluding the thorny but influential dating together with his father—breaks limitations in knowing the existence and paintings of a real American movie famous person.

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Michael selected whatever known as It’s My flip, during which he performed a former baseball participant, Ben Lewin, whose mom (Dianne Wiest) is marrying a feminine mathematician’s widowed father. Kate Gunzinger, the mathematician (Jill Clayburgh), is a professor at a Chicago college and lives along with her boyfriend, Homer (Charles Grodin). while Kate travels to ny to wait the marriage she meets Ben. even though he's married, he and Kate have a quick yet passionate affair. After the marriage, Kate returns to Chicago, uncertain what the long run holds. whilst Clayburgh agreed to do It’s My flip, the script had already been knocking round for 6 years. again then, Claudia Weill, a tv manufacturer (and far away cousin to Kurt Weill), cherished the radical it was once in line with and contacted screenwriter Eleanor Bergstein to invite if she will be attracted to writing a screenplay-to-order known as Girlfriends, just like the unconventional in many ways yet with a few modifications. Bergstein stated no, she was once too busy engaged on her subsequent novel. a number of years later, Weill was once given major public television supply funds to make a film, and once more contacted Bergstein. This time she agreed, so long as she was once sure to have enter each degree of ways. That screenplay ultimately grew to become It’s My flip. whilst she felt it used to be prepared, Weill gave the script to Alan Ladd Jr. “Laddie,” on the time the top of 20th Century-Fox, enjoyed it and desired to make a hefty preemptive supply. in spite of the fact that, whilst Weill informed Bergstein, she rejected it, telling Weill she had replaced her brain and sought after not anything to do with Hollywood, that she used to be in basic terms drawn to writing for public television. It took a few convincing, but if Jill Clayburgh expressed curiosity in enjoying Kate, Bergstein agreed and the deal seemed set. Then without warning Laddie and his complete crew have been long gone, the sufferers of a studio coup. both approach, the recent regime at Fox had no real interest in It’s My flip. yet no longer for lengthy. Veteran manufacturer Ray Stark, an established Columbia manufacturer whose photographs carried the distinguished credits “A Ray Stark Film,” desired to take over the full construction, and he reconceived it best to backside, slicing out a key intercourse scene among Michael and Clayburgh. That scene used to be one of many purposes Michael had desired to make the movie. by the point It’s My flip began taking pictures, it used to be already purported to were in postproduction. This affected preproduction scheduling on Romancing the Stone. to save lots of time, Michael and Clayburgh volunteered to rehearse evenings and weekends. It used to be additionally his first adventure being directed through a girl, and Claudia Weill made it her enterprise to get on Michael’s reliable part by way of beautiful to his male vainness and his narcissism. As he stated, “I haven't had many administrators arise to me and say, ‘You are one of these dish. ’ i used to be instantly spoiled, and comforted in an offhand kind of method. there's a second in each actor’s existence while he sees the director, in general male, move over to the major girl, placed his arm round her shoulder and whisper, ‘What’s flawed, darling?

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