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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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HASH(0x9b0a5b10) von 5 Sternen Sometimes interesting but VERY poorly written and edited 11. Februar 2016
Von Jay M. Auritt - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verifizierter Kauf
Quite a disappointment. Although the book provides a good general overview of Robert Shaw's life and career, it skimps considerably over the parts of his life, particularly his acting roles, that would be of most interest to readers, while providing way too much attention and detail to his complicated financial and taxable-income situation, which I found highly confusing and boring. There are hardly any anecdotes provided in regards to his most notable film roles ("A Man for All Seasons", "The Sting") and absolutely none about the ill-fated filming of "Jaws" (Richard Dreyfuss, in a short forward to the book, provides more information than does the author). French almost completely ignores Shaw's one Oscar nomination (for "A Man for All Seasons"), not telling the reader whether or not Shaw even attended the Oscar ceremony or cared about the nomination, and ignoring the fact that Shaw lost the Oscar that year to Walter Matthau ("The Fortune Cookie") with whom he starred in "The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3" and, considering Shaw's incredibly competitive nature when it came to acting roles and billing, not conveying a word as to whether or not Shaw had any feelings about that one way or another during filming. In addition, the Kindle edition is FILLED with typos (I can only hope that they weren't included in the paper editions), even referring, not once but several times, to Robert Redford as Robert "Bedford". Mr. French also tells us that Mr. Shaw contributed the dialog for the well-known "USS Indianapolis" story in Jaws, but refers to it as the "USS Philadelphia". Enough said...I have many other complaints, but I think I'll leave it at that and let someone else take it from here.
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HASH(0x9b0af570) von 5 Sternen Somewhere between 12. November 2008
Von Alfuso - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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the two bios on Robert Shaw, there is a real person. Both books should be read, but unfortunately "More Than A Life" is very hard to find and quite dear when you do. I was lucky enough to get both books.

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.
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HASH(0x9b0af450) von 5 Sternen A good biography of the actor Robert Shaw 5. September 1999
Von Alexander M. Moir - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe Verifizierter Kauf
This is a biography of the actor (Jaws, From Russia with Love, etc.), playwright, novelist and sometime singer Robert Shaw. Unfortunately, I got the last copy, but I recommend hunting this volume down if you're interested in Shaw. Highly underrated for most of his life, his work was truly art and his quirky personality makes for good storytelling, at which French more often than not succeeds. Fans of his acting will be surprised to find out some of the well-researched factoids about this jack-of-all-trades. The reader will be surprised at how well French demonstrates that Shaw's short life was exciting, yet nearly wasted. (There is another bio of Shaw, "Robert Shaw: More Than a Life" by Georg Gaston.)
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HASH(0x9b0af540) von 5 Sternen I didn't know Robert Shaw was the worst person who ever lived until I read this book 22. März 2015
Von frank - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I didn't know Robert Shaw was the worst person who ever lived until I read this book. The hatchet job of all time. Mr French was fired by Mr Shaw so one has to wonder how much that colored French's perspective.
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HASH(0x9b0ba468) von 5 Sternen Fantastic book with great insight into the movie making business. Read it in 3 days. Highly recommend. 1. Juni 2015
Von Mr. #1 Phantom Fan - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Fantastic book with detailed insight into the movie making business and the difficulties encountered by actors. Quick read-- excellently written. Highly recommend.
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