Nicholson: A Biography

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THE GROUNDBREAKING NEW BIOGRAPHY OF A MAN WITH ONE OF THE MOST ICONIC AND FASCINATING CAREERS—AND LIVES—IN HOLLYWOOD.
 
For five decades, Jack Nicholson has been part of film history. With twelve Oscar nominations to his credit and legendary roles in films like Easy Rider, Five Easy Pieces, Terms of Endearment, The Shining, and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Nicholson creates original, memorable characters like no other actor of his generation. And his personal life has been no less of an adventure—Nicholson has always been at the center of the Hollywood elite and has courted some of the most famous and beautiful women in the world.
    Relying on years of extensive research and interviews with insiders who know Nicholson best, acclaimed biographer Marc Eliot sheds new light on Nicholson's life on and off the screen. From Nicholson’s working class childhood in New Jersey, where family secrets threatened to tear his family apart, to raucous nights on the town with Warren Beatty and tumultuous relationships with starlets like Michelle Phillips, Anjelica Huston, and Lara Flynn Boyle, to movie sets working with such legendary directors and costars as Dennis Hopper, Stanley Kubrick, Meryl Streep, and Roman Polanski, Eliot paints a sweeping picture of the breadth of Nicholson’s fifty-year career in film, as well as an intimate portrait of his personal life.
     Equally at home on the bookshelves of serious film historians and fans of compulsively readable Hollywood biographies, Nicholson is both a comprehensive tribute to a film legend and an entertaining look at a truly remarkable life.

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Candice Bergen and Jack in a scene from Carnal Knowledge

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Jack and Maria Schneider in Michelangelo Antonioni’s 1975 release, The Passenger, a Hitchcock-flavored man in search of his own identity.

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Kathleen Turner and Jack Nicholson as loving killers killing lovers in John Huston’s endlessly entertaining Prizzi’s Honor.

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Chinatown

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The highlight of Jack’s 1975 run, Miloš Forman’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. The film was the first in forty-one years to win all four major Oscars. The recipients, left to right: producer Michael Douglas, director Miloš Forman, actress Louise Fletcher, Jack, producer Saul Zaentz.

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MARC ELIOT is the internationally published, New York Times bestselling author of more than a dozen books on popular culture, among them highly acclaimed biographies of Cary Grant, James Stewart, Clint Eastwood, Phil Ochs and Steve McQueen. He writes for a number of publications and frequently speaks about film to universities, film groups and on radio and television.

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