Jack Nicholson is one of the longest-lasting and most recognized sex symbols of our time. This sizzling biography goes deep in-depth, relating exclusive interviews with past flames and flings, to shed light on the unique charisma and magnetism of one of America's most respected and desired movie stars.
Among the startling revelations:
A longtime girlfriend who describes Jack's reaction when he at last discovered the long-buried, dark secret of his childhoodJack's notorious penny-pinching, such as the time he came home from a movie set with a doggie bag of catered Mexican foodThe woman Jack "shared" with Robert Evans and Warren BeattyThe night Christina Onassis, who'd had a fling with Jack in Los Angeles, got mad at him for seducing a girl in her party at XenonThe beauty queen who was still married to drug dealer Tom Sullivan when she was drawn to JackThe beautiful, talented costar who showed up at Jack's house at 1 A.M. and what happened when live-in girlfriend Anjelica Huston answered the intercomThe night Steve Rubell ran around Studio 54 saying, "We got to keep Ryan O'Neal and Jack Nicholson away from each other. There's going to be a big fight."Why Rebecca Broussard refused him when Jack asked for her hand in marriage in 1993, even after having two children with himWhy Katharine Hepburn's goddaughter still loves Jack and has spent years looking for a man who can measure up to himDiane Keaton's reaction to Jack passing gas during filming of a love scene for Something's Gotta GiveJennifer Howard, who found Jack's lovemaking "very oomph! He knows what he's doing. You can kind of just let go. Let him le-e-e-ad the way!"In Jack, Edward Douglas offers us a provocative, fascinating portrait of the man, the legend, the star: Jack Nicholson.
Nicholson has already been the subject of nearly a dozen books, most of which are mined thoroughly for information in this latest tell-all. Douglas does little more than update the record established in Patrick McGilligan's standard-setting Jack's Life with a decade's worth of new films and gossip about a stormy relationship with actor Lara Flynn Boyle. Douglas, who claims several previous biographies to his credit but has chosen to publish pseudonymously, did manage to land interviews with B-movie mogul Roger Corman and other members of Nicholson's earliest Hollywood circles that shed light on the actor's start in Hollywood, but he's much more interested in the rambling, self-serving tales he accumulates from recent ex-lovers. Douglas's prose contains all the worst excesses of the celebrity biography genre, yet at least the overabundance of salacious irrelevancies distracts from Douglas's weak efforts at psychoanalysis. Douglas celebrates Nicholson for being "ahead of his time" in front of the camera while condemning his off-screen shortcomings, and the judgmental tone frequently lapses into pure snideness, especially when individual films come under discussion. This is a brazen appeal to the lust for sordid celebrity stories with just enough moralizing so that readers won't feel too cheap and dirty afterward. 8-page b&w photo insert not seen by PW. (On sale Nov. 9)