Steve McQueen

Steve McQueen

A Biography

Book - 2011
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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.

Baker & Taylor
Looks at the intimate details of the movie icon's films, three marriages, many affairs, and struggles with addictions.

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& Taylor

From the acclaimed bestselling biographer Marc Eliot comes a definitive look at the life of Steve McQueen---one of Hollywood's most iconic actors who was nicknamed "the King of Cool."
Steve McQueen is one of America's legendary movie stars, also known for his turbulent life off-screen and his impeccable style. His 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. Now, film historian Marc Eliot chronicles McQueen's tumultuous life, from his hardscrabble childhood to his rise to Hollywood superstar, to his struggles with alcohol and drugs and his fervor for racing fast cars and motorcycles, disclosing intimate details of his three marriagesas well as his numerous affairs. 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.--From publisher description.
Looks at the intimate details of the movie icon's films, three marriages, many affairs and struggles with addictions. By the best-selling author of American Rebel.

Publisher: New York : Crown Archetype, c2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780307453211
0307453219
Branch Call Number: Biography M243e
Characteristics: 354 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm

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steve1961 Aug 09, 2015

One of the weakest celeb bio's I've read. Barely readable, mostly because McQueen was such a fascinating character that it's just about impossible to write a completely uninteresting book about him. Though it seems as if ol' Mark Eliot sure tried his darndest.

willy56 Aug 21, 2013

McQueen had a tough time getting to where he did and he didn't deal with his fame well.
I do like the author Marc Eliot's work and have read everything he has written.

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KennyG
Feb 23, 2012

Lots of details.
Did not hold my interest very long.
Rough childhood and a sex addict.
I liked his movies and his TV series.

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