What's It All About?

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Random House, Mar 31, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 592 pages
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From Alfred to Zulu, Michael Caine has been Britain's best-loved actor for half a century.

Now, for the first time, he reveals the truth behind his remarkable life. From his time as an evacuee during the Blitz to his front-line military service in the Korean War, from his early days as an assistant stagehand to becoming Peter O'Toole's understudy, from walk-on parts in local theatres to blowing the bloody doors off with his legendary roles in Zulu and The Italian Job, Caine's life was never simple or easy.

Discussing his little-known childhood and family alongside his hard-fought journey from London to Hollywood, Caine writes with astonishing candour about the good years and the lean years, bringing his unique charm and humour to his anecdotes and memories of a sprawling movie-making career. If you worked in Hollywood in the last few decades, you've probably worked with Michael Caine - and his accounts of his relationships with other superstars, both on and offscreen, make this autobiography essential reading for any fan not just of Michael Caine, but of film in general.

 

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User Review  - ChazziFrazz - LibraryThing

What an enjoyable read. Yes, this is an autobiography of an actor and there are names named, but his outlook on life and the way he relates his experiences are very entertaining. Starting life out as ... Read full review

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User Review  - DinadansFriend - LibraryThing

Maurice Micklewhite is an engaging fellow. His film and stage career seems to be adequately portrayed in this autobiography. Not a laugh fest like David Niven's Memoirs, but still a good time was had by the reader. Read full review

Contents

Very flat Norfolk 90
12
What I got for a chocolate
31
Noses
43
Part
61
If you cant move it paint it
63
You never hear the one that gets you
75
Its only malaria
91
Nowhere to go but up
104
Elizabeth and me 3 15
315
Part Five
335
Shakira
337
Call me Larry
350
3i Natasha
365
Gucci shoes
373
TheMan Who Would Be King
389
Biting the customers
407

lts only a small part
120
Becoming Michael Caine
127
Understudying OToole
137
Raw steaks through the letterbox
146
The first screen test
158
Part Three
167
When the magic happens
169
1500 a week?
184
The two minutes that changed my life
195
Butch cooking
205
Part Four
233
If you want to be a star in America
235
The Elephant to Beverly Hills 25 l
251
Cannes
261
Ottos Revenge
269
French hours
281
Bardot tries it on
287
Oh yes 21 Rolls Royce
298
My worst location
307
The Swarm attacks
415
Part
423
Welcome to Beverly Hills
425
Dressed to kill
437
M2 in Beverly Hills
447
The Queen and I
463
How to lose an Oscar
472
Paradise Found
488
Part Seven
501
Working with Woody
503
Moving back
518
Scoundrels
529
In my own write
539
A sting in the tail
547
4? David
554
Acknowledgements
559
Picture Credits
561
Index
563
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About the author (2012)

Michael Caine has starred in over one hundred films, and is one of only two actors to have been nominated for an Academy Award for acting in every decade since the 1960s. He lives in London and Oxfordshire with his wife, Shakira. He has two daughters.

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