A Fortunate Life

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-11-24
  • Publisher: Griffin

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In his fifty-year career, Vaughn has made his mark in roles on stage, in film, and on television the world over. A Fortunate Lifereveals the details of his early years in Hollywood, when he found himself appearing as often in the gossip magazines as on screen, and follows his emergence as one of the world's biggest stars.Vaughn warmly recalls his romances with stars like Natalie Wood, his adventures with friends like Steve McQueen and James Coburn, and insider stories about such legendary figures as Judy Garland, Charlton Heston, Oliver Reed, Elizabeth Taylor, and many more. Equally important, however, was his leading involvement in the politics of the 1960s, when he became the first actor to publicly speak out against the war in Vietnam.With a wealth of moving, wonderfully entertaining and often jaw-dropping stories from the worlds of acting and politics, A Fortunate Life is a must-read for fans of Robert Vaughn and anyone who wants a glimpse behind the scenes of classic Hollywood.

Author Biography

Robert Vaughn has appeared in more than a hundred motion pictures, including The Magnificent Seven, Bullitt (for which he won a British Oscar nomination), and The Young Philadelphians, which earned him an Academy Award nomination. His work in television has earned him an Emmy among other honors, and his role as Napoleon Solo on the hit television series The Man from U.N.C.L.E. has earned him lasting fame. The series won the Hollywood Foreign Press Golden Globe as the best television show in the world in 1965. Vaughn received the Photoplay Gold Medal award as the most popular actor in America, presented to him by the previous year’s winner, John Wayne. Vaughn is also a serious student of politics and world affairs.  He played a leading role in the antiwar movement of the 1960s.  He received his Ph.D. from the University of Southern California in 1970, and his book on the Hollywood blacklist, Only Victims, was published in 1972. Vaughn has most recently starred in the BBC/AMC Original Series Hustle. He lives in Connecticut with his wife, Linda, and is the father of a son, Cassidy, and a daughter, Caitlin.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. xi
Hamlet and Mep. 1
Discovering Life in a Murphy Bedp. 11
From Jew in a Jockstrap to Natalie's Beaup. 33
Charm Schoolp. 63
How I Invented the Bow and Arrow, Directed by Roger Cormanp. 83
Not So Magnificentp. 109
Going Solop. 137
Speaking Out: War, Peace, and an Actor's Voicep. 159
They Wanted to Slap My Facep. 187
Annus Horribilisp. 211
Prague Summerp. 233
Still Unsolved?p. 251
"If You'll Put Your Head Between Marisa's Legs"p. 267
Epiloguep. 297
Acknowledgmentsp. 303
Indexp. 307
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