Burt Lancaster: An American Life by Kate BufordNow in paperback, here is the critically acclaimed, best-selling biography of one of Hollywoods legendary stars. Burt Lancaster is known to audiences around the world as the electrifying performer of Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, From Here to Eternity, and Birdman of Alcatraz, among many others. Kate Buford brings to life his vivid, memorable on-screen presence as well as the off-screen life he kept intensely private. The first writer to win cooperation from Lancasters widow and close friends, Buford has written the intimate story of one of the last great unexamined Hollywood lives, capturing both the golden boy and the husband, philanderer, and sometime bisexual. Bufords portrait is compelling, comprehensive, intelligent—and definitive.
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Burt Lancaster , one of the most popular film stars of all times, never wanted to be an actor. Falling into acting by chance, Lancaster proceeded to become a star, although he had no dramatic training. He made 85 movies during his long career and won an Academy Award. When Lancaster and his brothers were old enough, they shoveled snow, sold newspapers, and shined shoes to earn money for the family. While James Lancaster was a gentle, warm father, Elizabeth was a strict disciplinarian, instilling in her children the virtues of honesty and loyalty, with whippings if necessary. She had no prejudices against the many different ethnic groups in her neighborhood and treated them all kindly, which made a strong impression on her son.
The rugged film idol with the chiselled profile makes The rugged film idol with the chiselled profile makes today's leading men seem effete and insubstantial. Lancaster's greatest talent in films like From Here To Eternity, whose erotic love scenes in the surf with Deborah Kerr scandalised Hollywood censors in , was to capture the essence of manly heterosexuality. Yet, even in the s, when his career was at its peak, Lancaster's second wife Norma and his many mistresses talked darkly of his passion for all kinds of sexual activity and partners, male or female. Now, documents released by the FBI and his family this week reveal that Lancaster, troubled by bouts of insecurity and depression, had an intensely predatory sex life which included many affairs with men.
Initially known for playing "tough guys", he went on to achieve success with more complex and challenging roles over a year career in film and, later, television. Lancaster performed as an acrobat in a circus in the s. His second movie filmed, but first released, was the film noir The Killers alongside Ava Gardner. A critical success, it launched both of their careers. Corral , with frequent co-star Kirk Douglas. During the s his production company Hecht-Hill-Lancaster was highly successful, making films such as: Trapeze , a box office smash in which he used his acrobatic skills; Sweet Smell of Success , today considered a classic; Run Silent, Run Deep , a WWII submarine drama with Clark Gable ; and Separate Tables , a drama which received seven Oscar nominations.
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In it Burt Lancaster, resplendent in striped crimson pants, silver dripping from his ears, with a grin as wide as a Cadillac's radiator, swings out from the rigging of his brig to the very foreground of the screen, so close that one half expects him to leap through it as gracefully as if it were merely a paper hoop in a circus ring and alight in the auditorium, breathless but upright. Directly addressing the audience, he asks them to believe everything they are about to see in the film. Just a moment later, however, following a second, equally implausible leap and a second, equally irresistible grin, he amends this to 'No - believe only half what you see]'.
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Sign in. All of his grandparents were immigrants from Northern Ireland. He was a tough street kid who took an early interest in gymnastics. He joined the circus as an acrobat and worked there until he was injured. His first film was The Killers , and that made him a star.
Students, faculty, and staff gathered in the New York Film Academy Theater to attend an evening centered on the life and work of legendary actor-producer Burt Lancaster. The event opened with a presentation introducing Lancaster to those not yet familiar with his work. Burt Lancaster grew up in the slums of East Harlem, left home to pursue a career as a circus acrobat, and served in WW2 as an entertainment specialist in the Italian campaign. His film career stretched across the next half-century, and includes a number of iconic performances, such as the role of Sgt. They were both bleeding-heart liberals, and they were often involved in the same political causes. Brando called the house a couple of times when I was a kid, but I had no idea who he was, at the time.