Marlon Brando by Patricia Bosworth
(Penguin Lives)

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An illuminating biography of Marlon Brando, a cultural icon and one of the most legendary American actors of all time
In 1948 Marlon Brando stunned audiences and critics alike with his revolutionary, raw, and improvisational approach to acting. He became a symbol of a new, rebellious generation that was sick of conventions and committed to genuine emotion and unvarnished truth. From his breakout role as Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire to his mesmerizing portrayal of Don Corleone in The Godfather, he created some of the most memorable characters in American cinematic history. Brando was a paradox—intensely private but using his fame to promote worthy causes, a womanizer who clung to his childhood friends and animals. He was one of the most fiercely independent stars ever. In this book, acclaimed biographer Patricia Bosworth peels away Brando’s many layers, revealing the struggles, triumphs, and relentless ambition that transformed the irrepressible farm boy from Nebraska into a legend of American cinema. 

About Patricia Bosworth

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Patricia Bosworth is a contributing editor of Vanity Fair and writes regularly for the New York Times.
Published June 5, 2012 by Open Road Media. 224 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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Patricia Bosworth, an ardent but critical Brandophile, elegantly puts the actor's life and art into context.

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Bosworth, author of acclaimed biographies of Diane Arbus and Montgomery Clift, has written an informative biography of Brando that, because of the limited format of the Penguin Lives series, hints at but cannot do justice to the great unruliness of Brando's career and life.

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And in fact the actor does pin down the twin poles of his own mystery toward the very end of Patricia Bosworth's Marlon Brando, a new entry in Penguin Lives, a popular series of short biographies, now numbering more than 18, in which well-known writers take on subjects ranging from Leonardo da Vi...

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Brando's supposed remark that he had spent a lifetime trying to be less crazy is not necessarily that damning, yet Kanfer seizes upon it as telling admission, calling it Brando's Rosebud.

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