Evil Spirits: The Life of Oliver Reed
In May 1999, after a 40-year career including 100 films, Oliver Reed died, as he had invariably lived, drinking with friends while making a film - his well-reviewed performance in the blockbuster Gladiator. Having risen through Hammer Horror films to international stardom as Bill Sykes in Oliver!, Reed became, in his own works, 'the biggest star this country has got'. With...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published July 5th 2001 by Virgin Books
(first published September 7th 2000)
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Hard to put down. Goodwin gives equal time to both sides of Reed's personality-the animal lover who always jumped to help someone in need and the drunken womanizer. While Reed's acting became overshadowed by his drinking and fighting later in life, he was a naturally talented actor who left many iconic moments on film. I recommend this book; it's funny, sad and lively as there are few people in the world who lived at the speed Reed did.