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Gregory Peck: A Charmed Life

3.58  ·  Rating Details  ·  60 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
His first screen test was a disaster, his features were large and irregular and his left ear outsized the right, yet he would one day be headlined as the Most Handsome Man in the World. And most of his leading ladies—among them, Ingrid Bergman in Spellbound, Jennifer Jones in Duel in the Sun, Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday, Sophia Loren in Arabesque, Ava Gardner in On the ...more
Hardcover, 480 pages
Published November 11th 2004 by Da Capo Press (first published November 28th 2003)
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Nov 09, 2008 Jessica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love me some Gregory Peck! I've always admired him as an actor (especially since he was the male lead in the movie that first opened my world to the wonders of "classics", Roman Holiday), and from what I've read of how others perceived him, I had always thought he was a class-act kind of a guy.

I was pleased to see that, at least as he was represented in this novel, my perceptions of him were true. And, he grew up in my home town, which, I won't lie, made me giggle a little.

Barry Hammond
Gregory Peck occupied a unique position as an actor and American icon. Many critics thought he was stiff and unconvincing yet he played such classic roles as Atticus Finch in To Kill A Mockingbird (for which he won an Oscar) and other classics like Roman Holiday with Audrey Hepburn, John Huston's Moby Dick, The Guns Of Navarone, Hitchcock's Spellbound, Duel In The Sun, Horatio Hornblower, The Snows Of Kilimanjaro, The Man In The Grey Flannel Suit, Twelve O'Clock High, The Paradine Case, Gentlema ...more
John Kennedy
The book contains interesting minutia such as Peck considered becoming a priest as a youth and one of his friends late in life was Michael Jackson. Haney dwells too much on rabbit trails such as Lyndon B. Johnson's policies and the potential factors in the suicide of Peck's son Jonathan. Still, the book gives insights into what made Peck an effective actor and a complex person. In many ways, his signature role as Atticus Finch in "To Kill a Mockingbird" defined him for the last 40-plus years of ...more
Dec 19, 2013 Ruth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Extremely well written (save for the fact that the author insists on calling her subject 'Greg' throughout) and well researched biography about Gregory Peck. It's respectful and warm, but well balanced too, with lots of information about Peck's films. Highly recommended for any fans!
Made it halfway and finally had to give it up. Too much was discussed about other people and dragged on. :( I wanted to know about Gregory Peck, not the myriad of other people on the sidelines of his life.
Mar 17, 2009 Susan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A bit thin, but still enlightening.
Brian Thompson
Interesting read on a film icon's life.
Jul 19, 2010 Amy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love the topic, just not the writing.
Oct 31, 2013 Colette rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: finished
Good Biography on a great actor!
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