- Gebundene Ausgabe: 288 Seiten
- Verlag: Random House UK (15. Dezember 1992)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1854591266
- ISBN-13: 978-1854591265
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 2,5 x 16,5 x 22,9 cm
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- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 614.616 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Robert Shaw: THE PRICE OF SUCC: The Price of Success (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 15. Dezember 1992
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A biography of Robert Shaw told "from the inside" by the man who was his agent. Married with three children, he ran off with John Osborne's wife and had four more by her. The book also looks at Shaw's attempted overdose on the eve of the inquest into Mary Ure's suicide.
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French present Shaw warts and all, so to speak. The family disapproves of this book possibly because Shaw is presented as only an Agent can do. Actors often hide things from their families that they dump all over an agent. A trusted agent often becomes a kind of sounding board and the more wretched parts of an actor's personality is shown to him but not the family.
The other book is also a good read, possibly "cleaned up" a bit as the author never met Shaw that I know of.
French writes first hand, but puts himself in the third person so that the book isn't a litany of "I".
A fascinating actor and a fascinating life, sadly often unfulfilled. He wanted the stars, reached for the galaxy and got merely part of the earth. He was determined to be A Star, a leading man, but he was not leading man material at that time. He simply wasn't "pretty" enough for the 60's and 70's male lead type. Today, however, he'd fit right in.
What is not often known, is that Shaw was a very good writer. Possibly could have been Pulizer winning but he tended to sloth off on his writing.
Like many good actors, he needed a strong "Director" to keep him on track.
His life stopped at age 51 leaving one to wonder at what he could have accomplished if he had lived into older years and drawn on the wisdom that comes with mellowing.
But between Spielberg and Shaw we have the one of the more fascinating characters on film - Quint.