Pimps, Hos, Playa Hatas, and All the Rest of My Hollywood Friends: My Life

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Fans of John Leguizamo's smash-hit one-man shows (Mambo Mouth, Spic-o-rama, Freak, and Sexaholix) have already gotten a glimpse into his life, but this book tells the whole story, carrying readers along on a wild journey from his childhood in Queens to his current home at the top of the Hollywood pyramid. An acclaimed director, producer, and play-wright, and one of the highest-paid Latin actors in the world, Leguizamo shares the stories behind his many roles—what inspired them and what transpired as he created them—while dishing on his personal relationships with his family, friends, and celebrity colleagues. Here is both an intimate self-portrait and a unique behind-the-scenes look at the magic and chaos of stardom, a keenly intelligent and insanely funny book that celebrates a remarkably talented artist's greatest achievement: growing up Latino in America and succeeding on his own terms.

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John Leguizamo was born in Colombia in 1964. When he was four, his family immigrated to the US where they settled in Queens, NY. He began his career as a standup comedian in various New York clubs, and made his television debut with a 1986 turn on Miami Vice. Leguizamo burst onto the Hollywood scene with roles in Carlito's Way and Super Mario Brothers. In 1995, his pioneer all-Latino variety show, House of Buggin' received two Emmy nominations. That same year he received a Golden Globe nomination for his performance in To Wong Foo: Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar. Leguizamo's Broadway debut followed in 1998 with his third one-man show, Freak. A critical and commercial success, Freak won an Emmy when it was shown on TV. More film roles followed and the ALMA (American Latino Media Arts) Entertainer of the Year award in 2003. This year (2005), the versatile and prolific performer joins the cast of ER.

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