Steve McQueen by Marc Eliot
A Biography

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Steve McQueen is one of America’s legendary movie stars best known for his hugely successful film career in classics such as The Magnificent Seven, The Great Escape, The Thomas Crown Affair, Bullitt, and The Towering Inferno as well as for his turbulent life off-screen and impeccable style. His unforgettable physical beauty, his soft-spoken manner, his tough but tender roughness, and his aching vulnerability had women swooning and men wanting to be just like him. Today—nearly thirty years after he lost his battle against cancer at the age of fifty—McQueen remains “The King of Cool.” Yet, few know the truth of what bubbled beneath his composed exterior and shaped his career, his passions, and his private life. 
Now, in Steve McQueen, New York Times bestselling author, acclaimed biographer, and film historian, Marc Eliot captures the complexity of this Hollywood screen legend. Chronicling McQueen’s tumultuous life both on and off the screen, from his hardscrabble childhood to his rise to Hollywood superstar status, to his struggles with alcohol and drugs and his fervor for racing fast cars and motorcycles, Eliot discloses intimate details of McQueen’s three marriages, including his tumultuous relationships with Neile Adams and Ali MacGraw, as well as his numerous affairs. He also paints a full portrait of this incredible yet often perplexing career that ranged from great films to embarrassing misfires. Steve McQueen, adored by millions, was obsessed by Paul Newman, and it is the nature of that obsession that reveals so much about who McQueen really was. Perhaps his greatest talent was to be able to convince audiences that he was who he really wasn’t, even as he tried to prove to himself that he wasn’t who he really was.
With original material, rare photos, and new interviews, Eliot presents a fascinating and complete picture of McQueen’s life.

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MARC ELIOT is the New York Times bestselling author of more than a dozen books on popular culture, among them the highly acclaimed biographies Jimmy Stewart, Cary Grant, American Rebel: The Life of Clint Eastwood, and Steve McQueen. He divides his time among the east and west coasts, and Asia.
Published October 25, 2011 by Crown Archetype. 368 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction

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Veteran celebrity biographer Eliot’s (Paul Simon: A Life, 2010, etc.) portrait of film star Steve McQueen (1930–1980) is a curiously sour reading experience.

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Following his biographies of Cary Grant, Jimmy Stewart, Walt Disney, Phil Ochs, and others, Eliot now traces the "tragically short" career of McQueen, ranking him as "one of those actors, who, along with Eastwood and Newman, became a seminal force in the wake of the postwar Brando cinematic tsuna...

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When most people think of Steve McQueen, they picture a blonde, blue-eyed action figure with chiseled features who’s largely inseparable from his starring roles in such films as The Magnificent Seven and Bullitt.

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USA Today

But you wouldn't know it by the way the actor has been transformed into a two-dimensional King of Cool by pop culture.GALLERY: Snapshots from Steve McQueen's lifeHe's a cartoon racing machine in Pixar's Cars, and a "style idol" to anchor Brian Williams, who recently told Vanity Fair that "whether...

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He broke into films in 1959 when he was given a role in Frank Sinatra’s film Never So Few and was soon a box office sensation.

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So I will forgive him his misdeeds and I will remember his cool demeanor in “Bullitt”, his cooler than cool as an escape artist in “The Great Escape”, and his let’s steal from the art museum, just because we can, in “The Thomas Crown Affair”, which I like far better than the remake.

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