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Marlon Brando

James Franco

James Franco grew up in the northern California town of Palo Alto. He is an actor, director, screenwriter and artist. His film appearances include Milk, Pineapple Express, the Spider-Man trilogy, Howl, Oz the Great and Powerful, Spring Breakers, and This Is The End. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Directing Herbert White : Poems and Prose

Faber & Faber, 2014

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How Did God Go About His Work? 1971–1972

Stefan Kanfer

Stefan Kanfer is the author of Ball of Fire: The Tumultuous Life and Comic Art ofLucille Ball and Somebody: The Reckless Life and Remarkable Career of Marlon Brando. He was a writer and editor for Time magazine for more than twenty years. He lives in New York and on Cape Cod. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Somebody : The Reckless Life and Remarkable Career of Marlon Brando

Faber & Faber, 2008

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...1 Marlon needed The Godfather as much as The Godfather needed him. Perhaps a bit more. The list of recent and not-so-recent failures was long and painful to contemplate. The Fugitive Kind: one of Tennessee’s mistakes, and unprofitable...

The Snake in Eden 1963–1967

Stefan Kanfer

Stefan Kanfer is the author of Ball of Fire: The Tumultuous Life and Comic Art ofLucille Ball and Somebody: The Reckless Life and Remarkable Career of Marlon Brando. He was a writer and editor for Time magazine for more than twenty years. He lives in New York and on Cape Cod. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Somebody : The Reckless Life and Remarkable Career of Marlon Brando

Faber & Faber, 2008

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...1 Marlon resolved to be an homme engagé, separating himself from those “Bel Aire dissenters,” who rarely left their gated communities except to go on location. He returned to a Pennebaker project that had been in the pipeline for too long....

An Intense and Hopeless Despair 1973–1990

Stefan Kanfer

Stefan Kanfer is the author of Ball of Fire: The Tumultuous Life and Comic Art ofLucille Ball and Somebody: The Reckless Life and Remarkable Career of Marlon Brando. He was a writer and editor for Time magazine for more than twenty years. He lives in New York and on Cape Cod. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Somebody : The Reckless Life and Remarkable Career of Marlon Brando

Faber & Faber, 2008

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...1 At long last Marlon felt Christian was ready to go back to school. He saw the boy off, packed up, and headed for Tetiaroa—only to turn back when terrible news arrived. Besides Frannie and Jocelyn, only one person had truly known Marlon...

Introduction

Stefan Kanfer

Stefan Kanfer is the author of Ball of Fire: The Tumultuous Life and Comic Art ofLucille Ball and Somebody: The Reckless Life and Remarkable Career of Marlon Brando. He was a writer and editor for Time magazine for more than twenty years. He lives in New York and on Cape Cod. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Somebody : The Reckless Life and Remarkable Career of Marlon Brando

Faber & Faber, 2008

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...To the end of his life, Marlon Brando insisted that he had done nothing special. In his view acting was a trade like plumbing or baking. The only difference was that he played characters instead of unclogging drains or kneading loaves...

In Disgrace with Fortune 1924–1942

Stefan Kanfer

Stefan Kanfer is the author of Ball of Fire: The Tumultuous Life and Comic Art ofLucille Ball and Somebody: The Reckless Life and Remarkable Career of Marlon Brando. He was a writer and editor for Time magazine for more than twenty years. He lives in New York and on Cape Cod. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Somebody : The Reckless Life and Remarkable Career of Marlon Brando

Faber & Faber, 2008

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...1 It was typical of Marlon to enter the world upside down. The breech birth took place shortly after 11 p.m., April 3, 1924, in the Omaha Maternity Hospital. His earliest home was right out of the imaginings of Hollywood at a time when...

Make Them Wonder 1947–1950

Stefan Kanfer

Stefan Kanfer is the author of Ball of Fire: The Tumultuous Life and Comic Art ofLucille Ball and Somebody: The Reckless Life and Remarkable Career of Marlon Brando. He was a writer and editor for Time magazine for more than twenty years. He lives in New York and on Cape Cod. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Somebody : The Reckless Life and Remarkable Career of Marlon Brando

Faber & Faber, 2008

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...1 Edith Van Cleve thought it was well past time to move her client up to the next level—a major Broadway production, a New York–based television show, or best of all, a Hollywood feature. To that end MCA talked Marlon up to theater...

The Illusion Is Complete 1950–1953

Stefan Kanfer

Stefan Kanfer is the author of Ball of Fire: The Tumultuous Life and Comic Art ofLucille Ball and Somebody: The Reckless Life and Remarkable Career of Marlon Brando. He was a writer and editor for Time magazine for more than twenty years. He lives in New York and on Cape Cod. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Somebody : The Reckless Life and Remarkable Career of Marlon Brando

Faber & Faber, 2008

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...1 Now that Marlon had fulfilled his Streetcar contract, he was free to consider movie offers. They issued from an unaccustomed place. Once arrogant and peremptory, Hollywood was currently over-loaded with angst. A Supreme Court decision...

A Mess Pretty Much 1956–1959

Stefan Kanfer

Stefan Kanfer is the author of Ball of Fire: The Tumultuous Life and Comic Art ofLucille Ball and Somebody: The Reckless Life and Remarkable Career of Marlon Brando. He was a writer and editor for Time magazine for more than twenty years. He lives in New York and on Cape Cod. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Somebody : The Reckless Life and Remarkable Career of Marlon Brando

Faber & Faber, 2008

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...1 Until the era of political correctness, Caucasians were frequently cast as Asians. The personification of the Yellow Peril, Dr. Fu Manchu, was represented by Boris Karloff; Peter Lorre made eight films as the Japanese Mr. Moto; Warner...

Stockholders, Man the Lifeboats! 1960–1963

Stefan Kanfer

Stefan Kanfer is the author of Ball of Fire: The Tumultuous Life and Comic Art ofLucille Ball and Somebody: The Reckless Life and Remarkable Career of Marlon Brando. He was a writer and editor for Time magazine for more than twenty years. He lives in New York and on Cape Cod. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Somebody : The Reckless Life and Remarkable Career of Marlon Brando

Faber & Faber, 2008

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...1 Federico Fellini’s La Dolce Vita was released between the terminals of The Fugitive Kind and One-Eyed Jacks, and like many of his colleagues, Marlon failed to recognize its significance. James Dean was dead and Montgomery Clift...