Author(s): Kate Buford
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Burt Lancaster is perhaps most widely remembered as the tough, iron-jawed star of films such as "Gunfight at the OK Corral" and "Airport".
But as this superbly readable and insightful biography demonstrates, he was an actor with much broader ambitions - brilliantly realised in Visconti's "The Leopard" - as well as the founder of the first actor-led production company in Hollywood.
Lancaster's liberal political views led not only to frequent clashes with the House Un-American Activities Committee and a voluminous FBI file, but also a private life that was colourful even by Hollywood standards.
Although a devoted father and husband (to three wives), the actor took numerous lovers - of both sexes. In his sexual tastes as in his choice of roles, he defied classification.
Kate Buford's definitive biography offers a full, frank, sensitive and compelling portrait of the star of "Atlantic City", "From Here to Eternity" and "Elmer Gantry" (for which he won a Best Actor Oscar).
Lancaster emerges as a man of restless energy, relentless curiosity and continual development as an actor: a star every bit as interesting offscreen as on.