Star by Peter Biskind
How Warren Beatty Seduced America

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In this compulsively readable and constantly surprising book, Peter Biskind, the author of the film classics Easy Riders, Raging Bulls and Down and Dirty Pictures, writes the most intimate, revealing, and balanced biography ever of Hollywood legend Warren Beatty.

Famously a playboy—he has been linked to costars Natalie Wood, Julie Christie, Diane Keaton, and Madonna, among others—Beatty has also been one of the most ambitious and successful stars in Hollywood. Several Beatty films have passed the test of time, from Bonnie and Clyde to Shampoo, Heaven Can Wait, Reds (for which he won the best director Oscar), Bugsy, and Bulworth. Few filmgoers realize that along with Orson Welles, Beatty is the only person ever nominated for four Academy Awards for a single film—and unlike Welles, Beatty did it twice, with Heaven Can Wait and Reds.

Biskind shows how Beatty used star power, commercial success, savvy, and charm to bend Hollywood moguls to his will, establishing an unprecedented level of independence while still working within the studio system. Arguably one of the most successful and creative figures in Hollywood over the last few decades, Beatty exercised unique control over his films, often hiring screenwriters out of his own pocket (and frequently collaborating with them), producing, directing, and acting, becoming an auteur before anyone in Hollywood knew what the word meant. In this fascinating biography, the ultimate Hollywood Star comes to life—complete with excesses and achievements—as never before.
 

About Peter Biskind

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Peter Biskind is the author of three previous books, including Easy Riders, Raging Bulls: How the Sex-Drugs-and-Rock 'n' Roll Generation saved Hollywood. He is a contributor to Vanity Fair and was formerly the executive editor of Premiere magazine. He lives with his family in Columbia County, New York.
 
Published March 27, 2010 by Simon & Schuster. 640 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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Biskind brings his historian’s acumen to bear on the production of era-defining triumphs like Bonnie and Clyde (1967), Shampoo (1975) and Reds (1981), as well as notorious flops like Ishtar (1987), Love Affair (1994) and Town & Country (2001), and his accounts are full of juicy gossip and intrigu...

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This exhaustingly detailed biography of Warren Beatty portrays him as a master manipulator with shrewd survival instincts.

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The New York Times

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The life of Warren Beatty, a man as hungry for artistic control as he was for women.

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The Guardian

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Beatty and Bob Dylan were dating housemates, and Dylan, no open book himself, found Beatty so secretive that he became convinced he was a free­mason.

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NPR

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Over a 40-year career, the star of Splendor in the Grass, Bonnie and Clyde, Shampoo and Bugsy seduced audiences, not to mention many of his co-stars. Peter Biskind's new biography casts Beatty as a ladies' man whose ambitions and neuroses aided his meteoric rise and his eventual fade.

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AV Club

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Is he the most conceited, most sexually accomplished man in Hollywood? His admiring biographer seems to think so.

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The Washington Post

Biskind's earlier book "Easy Riders, Raging Bulls" was a chronicle of American filmmaking in the 1970s, an era heralded by Beatty's breakthrough movie, "Bonnie and Clyde," and he has been trying to get Beatty to agree to cooperate on a book for years.

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The Telegraph

Warren Beatty is now approaching the age of 73, and he hasn’t made a film for more than a decade.

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The Telegraph

His final paragraph concludes: “He has lived a life inspiring .

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Christian Science Monitor

As depicted by Peter Biskind in his new biography Star, the 72-year-old actor/director/producer/writer/lothario might not devour small children, but will assuredly hijack directors’ chairs, steal screenwriting credits, bankrupt studios, and canoodle every woman in sight – Gretel included.

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Suite 101

The life and most definitely the career of Warren Beatty are painstaking examined in this telling biography.

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Tampa Bay Times

Math teachers could learn a lesson from Peter Biskind in how to make classes more exciting: Just use Warren Beatty's sex life for a lesson on multiplication.

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Faced with the irrefutable evidence of his own aging, and as vanity productions like Love Affair (1994) and Town and Country (2001) - which existed for the sole purpose of maintaining his fame - tarnished his reputation, Beatty found that "his fangs have been pulled in [Hollywood]" in the words o...

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Bookmarks Magazine

Entertainment Weekly 4 of 5 Stars"In Star: How Warren Beatty Seduced America, Peter Biskind recounts endless on-the-set tales, some from Beatty himself, with an impressive lack of judgment, airing out the contradictions between memory and apocrypha that inevitably arise.

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Oprah.com

We've got real-life stories, clever plotlines, a comic book that gives new meaning to the term "graphic novel"...Go ahead and make dad's day with a read he won't be able to put down.

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