The Elephant to Hollywood

The Elephant to Hollywood

The Autobiography

Book - 2010
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It's been a long journey for Maurice Micklewhite - born with rickets in London's poverty-stricken Elephant & Castle - to the bright lights of Hollywood.
With a glittering career spanning more than five decades and starring roles which have earned him two Oscars, a knighthood, and an iconic place in the Hollywood pantheon, the man now known to us as Michael Caine looks back over it all.
Funny, warm, honest, Caine brings us his insider's view of Hollywood (where there's neither holly nor woods). He recalls the films, the legendary stars, the off-screen moments with a gift for story-telling only equalled by David Niven.
Hollywood has been his home and his playground. But England is where his heart lies. And where he blames the French for the abundance of snails in his garden.
A plaque now celebrates him at the Elephant in London. His handprint is one of only 200 since 1927 to decorate the hallowed pavement outside that mecca of Hollywood stars, Grauman's Chinese Theatre.

A very British star, The Elephant to Hollywood is the remarkable full circle of Michael Caine's life.
Publisher: London : Hodder & Stoughton, c2010.
ISBN: 9781444700022
Characteristics: ix, 406 p., [32] p. of plates :,ill. (some col.), ports. (some col.) ;,24 cm.


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May 29, 2015

Fun Read. Would have liked a little less name dropping and more in-depth on his great films (and not-so-great ones too, More Jaws 4!)
Nice writing style and I learned many things about Maurice.

Dec 20, 2013

This memoir is strangely light on real's more of a snapshot of snippets about the movies he's been in, the people he's had dinner with etc - they type of info you'd get from an interview. It's a very easy, conversational style of book however I had no further sense of Caine as a person after finishing it. Disappointed. Caine is a superb actor.

Infolass May 22, 2011

I enjoyed this second memoir by Michael Caine, he has a fluid writing style and interesting tales to tell of his life in the movie world.

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