Monster by John Gregory Dunne
Living Off the Big Screen

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Monster is John Gregory Dunne's mordant account of the eight years it took to get the 1996 Robert Redford/Michelle Pfeiffer film Up Close & Personal made. A bestselling novelist, Dunne has a cold eye, perfect pitch for the absurdities of Hollywood, and sharp elbows for the film industry's savage infighting. 192 pp. Author tour & national ads. 25,000 print.

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John Gregory Dunne wrote five other novels—Vegas; True Confessions; Dutch Shea, Jr.; The Red White and Blue; and Playland—and seven works of nonfiction, among which are the memoir-like Harp and two books that look at Hollywood, The Studio and Monster. Born in West Hartford, Connecticut, in 1932, he graduated from Princeton in 1954. He collaborated with his wife, the writer Joan Didion, on many screenplays, including Panic in Needle Park and True Confessions. John Gregory Dunne died in December 2003.
Published May 2, 2012 by Vintage. 219 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Humor & Entertainment, Biographies & Memoirs, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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In 1988, John Gregory Dunne and his wife, writer Joan Didion, began work on a screenplay about the life and career of ambitious, shallow, self-destructive network anchorwoman Jessica Savitch.

Mar 29 2002 | Read Full Review of Monster: Living Off the Big S...

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It's hard to believe that anyone who actually sat through Up Close & Personal — 1996's deeply dopey newsroom romance starring Robert Redford and Michelle Pfeiffer — would be at all interested in a book about the movie by one of its screenwriters.

Mar 07 1997 | Read Full Review of Monster: Living Off the Big S...

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