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Full Frontal Nudity: The Making of an Accidental Actor

3.63 of 5 stars 3.63  ·  rating details  ·  52 ratings  ·  23 reviews
IN 2008, as he attempted to enter Canada to film a television series, Harry Hamlin—the former star of L.A. Law and once People magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive—was detained at the border for unresolved narcotics convictions. And so begins Full Frontal Nudity, a laugh-out-loud-funny memoir in which Harry digs deep into his past to recount the wacky ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published October 5th 2010 by Scribner (first published September 16th 2010)
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At first I was going to give this 3 stars but I decided that any book that I had intended to skim but ended up reading word for word was worth another star. I planned on quickly going over this, picking out the interesting tidbits and skipping anything mundane, but Harry's memoir of his college years in the early 1970s turned out to be entertaining, interesting, and surprisingly well-written (no idea if a ghost writer was involved). This TV actor may only be on your radar as being on LA Law and ...more
Chiek Er
Nothing is accidental.

Not Harry's path to acting as a career, nor you being his admirer nor I for picking up this book to pry openly into HH's early life because HH impressed me with his works on films and TV. An overly sanitized and diplomatic account about of HH's escapades as a child but mostly his enviable experiences in Berkley, Ivy League Yale and finally acting school. Not surprisingly, sex, drugs and rock and roll, but mostly sex characterized his young adult life. Readable and interest
This came in at work and we all laughed. "Who would want to read Harry Hamlin's memoir?! Ha ha ha." Well, the joke was on me because I read the flap and I knew I had to read this book. You see, it's not a book about his days as a TV star in the 80's. (Boring!) It's the story of his life in the 50's, 60's, and 70's (yay!): growing up, going to Berkeley at the height of the protest movement, camping in Yellowstone on the way to Woodstock (!!!), exploring Mexico in search of magic mushrooms, dressi ...more
An unusual celebrity autobiography in that it's about all that came before the celebrity. Hamlin bares all, and his story abounds with irony, humor and strength. The glimpse into late 60s Berkley from the perspective of an almost-hippie breathes life into that time in history when there were so many varieties of youth finding their way at once. Some leaned far to one side or the other, but lots of them were just trying to figure it all out while they were standing smack dab in the middle of that ...more
I never really seen much of Harry's work. His LA Law days were during my childhood and probably came on after it was time for me to be in bed. The first work of his I really seen was on Veronica Mars as the killer in season one or I Love Lisa (or whatever that show was called). Therefore, I never really knew him. I do now, a bit. I must say even at the "nasty" or cheesy parts the book held my interest and I just couldn't put it down. His college years are mostly what's highlighted and a few in a ...more
Sonia Maria
I picked this off the library shelf thinking, "Hmmm... what does People's Sexiest Man Alive 1987 have to confess?" Startling nothing, drunkalogue celeb-confessional that is, and that is what made this all the more compelling. It's a tale of an Ivy League hippie more of less responsibly enjoying his good looks and good fortune through a variety of typically young-adult misadventures: hitchhiking through Europe and Mexico, following a sweetheart cross country, discovering his burning passion to pe ...more
I chose this book based solely on the excerpt on the back of the book jacket. I can't honestly say that I have ever seen Harry Hamlin's work; if I have seen him, I didn't register who he is. With that being said, I loved this book!! I literally could not put this book down, which says a lot, in my opinion, considering I wasn't aware of who this man is and therefore, had no prior interest in his life story. His witty and dry humor had me hooked from the get go, and the trouble and shenanigans he ...more
Cyndi Delia
I LOVED this book. If you have ever watched(and enjoyed) the TV Land show Harry Loves Lisa, you will like this book. Hamlin's wry and funny writing style just seems to fit. He writes, how he was in the show. The book made me laugh and even cry. I certainly hope he has another book in the works, because throughout the book, he says - but that's another story- quite a bit. This reader, for one, looks forward to reading those other stories!
A friend of mine has a son who lives next door to Harry Hamlin and his family. Through this connection, I have scored a signed promo shot of my old LA Law love and an autographed copy of this book. I liked him a whole lot better when I didn't know too much about him. But, in all fairness, that's true of a lot of the men I have encountered.
This biography, written by TV and film star Harry Hamlin, had me laughing out loud. His crazy childhood and outrageous adult adventures kept me entertained throughout the entire book. I particularly recommend this as a beach read because you need little concentration to follow the story line.
Loved this book. I finished it in about 5 or 6 hours while on vacation. It was very interesting and I did not realize what a colorful life Harry Hamlin has led. I had a hard time putting the book down and found myself picking it back up every chance I got.
Would I like this better if I knew who Harry Hamlin is? I doubt it. I'm struggling to get to the interesting bits but so far I haven't found any -- I'm one-third of the way through the book and somehow I doubt I will make it much further.
Clash of the Titans and Making Love were the 2 films i crushed hard on Harry Hamlin. I enjoyed being a fly on the wall during his recollection of past memories. I had no idea he went to school in Berkeley and was a drug smuggler at one point. Crazy!
I'm reading this book based on a friends strong recommendation. I would never have selected this on my own, but I have to admit it is entertaining. There are parts where I laughed until tears rolled down my cheeks.
A fun read. I read this one over a couple of days on summer vacation. Made me laugh several times and didn't require much in the way of intense though. Just what I was looking for.

Fun book; autobiography of Harry Hamlin, actor, who grew up during the 60's and 70's and tells of his far-out expriences. Enjoyed his candor.
Sharon A.
Very fun read about the young adulthood of actor Harry Hamlin. The book ends before he hits it big in TV, so I'm hoping there will be a sequel!
Amy Richard
Oct 07, 2011 Amy Richard is currently reading it
I know...I can't believe I'm reading this either...but its amazingly a good, easy, interesting read.
Amy Richard
Jun 05, 2012 Amy Richard marked it as to-read
I know...I can't believe I'm reading this either...but its amazingly a good, easy, interesting read.
Fun read! HH was indeed a boy of his time.
Funny autobio of movie star Harry Hamlin.
Interesting and funny.
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