The Elephant to Hollywood

Michael Caine

Henry Holt and Co.

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Charming, engaging, and surprisingly forthright, Michael Caine gives us his insider's view of Hollywood and the story of his brilliant second act

When he was in his late fifties, Michael Caine believed his glamorous, rags-to-riches Hollywood career had come to an end. The scripts being sent his way were worse and worse. When one script really disappointed, he called the producer to complain about the part. The producer said, "No, no, we don't want you for the lover, we want you for the father." Salvation came in the unlikely form of his old friend Jack Nicholson, who convinced him to give acting one more shot. What followed was not only an incredible personal transformation but also one of the most radical comebacks in film history. Learning to accept his new role both on camera and in his own life, Caine went on to win his second Oscar, be knighted by the queen, and deliver some of his best performances to date. Now he shares the spectacular story of his life, from his humble upbringing in London's poverty-stricken Elephant and Castle, his military service, touching marriage and family life, and lively adventures with friends, to legendary meetings with fellow stars, forays as a restaurateur, and hilarious off-screen encounters from his glittering five-decade career. Caine brings his gift for storytelling and his insider's view to a tale that is funny, warm, and deeply honest.

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Chapter One

THE TWILIGHT ZONE

When I finished my first autobiography, What's It All About? 1992 seemed like a good place to stop. I had a great film career, a worldwide bestseller, I owned some restaurants, a beautiful house and, most importantly of all, I had a loving family. Christmas 1991 and New Year's Eve 1992 were spent in Aspen, Colorado, as guests of Marvin and Barbara Davis, the Texan oil billionaires and socialites. My wife, Shakira, and I stayed at the Little Nell Inn (which Marvin happened to own) surrounded by friends, including Lenny and Wendy Goldberg, Sean Connery

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“. . . Caine has known, befriended, worked or partied with everyone from John Huston to Heath Ledger, and has the kind of life where a Rolling Stone waits patiently while he gives James Bond advice on how to become a knight. As such, this breezy, name-droppy salute to old, un-PC Hollywood is a lighthearted hoot.” – New York Post
 
“Caine has three things you want in a memoirist—an eye for detail, a knack for storytelling and a sense of humor about himself—and they all come out to play in ‘The Elephant to Hollywood.’”—New York Times Book Review

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Michael Caine

Sir Michael Caine has won two Academy Awards during his distinguished five-decade career on screen. Knighted in 2000, Caine was born in working-class Sussex, England, and served in the British Army before landing his first film role in Zulu (1964). His films include The Ipcress File, Alfie, Hannah and Her Sisters, The Cider House Rules, and Harry Brown. He is the author of the bestselling What's It All About?. He lives in Surrey with his wife of thirty-seven years.

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The Elephant to Hollywood
Michael Caine

Hardcover

Hardcover
Henry Holt and Co.
October 2010
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780805093902
ISBN10: 0805093907
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 320 pages, Includes 32 pages of black-and-white pictures
$28.00

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Macmillan Audio
October 2010
Abridged Digital Audio
ISBN: 9781427211798
ISBN10: 1427211795
Audio Run Time: 6:00
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Macmillan Audio
October 2010
Unabridged Digital Audio
ISBN: 9781427212900
ISBN10: 1427212902
Audio Run Time: 10:30
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St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin
November 2011
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312604349
ISBN10: 0312604343
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 352 pages, Includes two 16-page black-and-white photograph sections
$15.99

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Henry Holt and Co.
October 2010
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ISBN: 9781429982863
ISBN10: 1429982861
320 pages
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