Monday, October 17, 2011

Win a copy of Steve McQueen: A Biography

UPDATE: Katie won and should have received an email from me.



Steve McQueen: A Biography by Marc Eliot:

Steve McQueen is one of America’s legendary movie stars best known for his hugely successful film career in classics such as The Magnificent Seven, The Great Escape, The Thomas Crown Affair, Bullitt, and The Towering Inferno as well as for his turbulent life off-screen and impeccable style. His unforgettable physical beauty, his soft-spoken manner, his tough but tender roughness, and his aching vulnerability had women swooning and men wanting to be just like him. Today—nearly thirty years after he lost his battle against cancer at the age of fifty—McQueen remains “The King of Cool.” Yet, few know the truth of what bubbled beneath his composed exterior and shaped his career, his passions, and his private life.

Now, in Steve McQueen, New York Times bestselling author, acclaimed biographer, and film historian, Marc Eliot captures the complexity of this Hollywood screen legend. Chronicling McQueen’s tumultuous life both on and off the screen, from his hardscrabble childhood to his rise to Hollywood superstar status, to his struggles with alcohol and drugs and his fervor for racing fast cars and motorcycles, Eliot discloses intimate details of McQueen’s three marriages, including his tumultuous relationships with Neile Adams and Ali MacGraw, as well as his numerous affairs. He also paints a full portrait of this incredible yet often perplexing career that ranged from great films to embarrassing misfires. Steve McQueen, adored by millions, was obsessed by Paul Newman, and it is the nature of that obsession that reveals so much about who McQueen really was. Perhaps his greatest talent was to be able to convince audiences that he was who he really wasn’t, even as he tried to prove to himself that he wasn’t who he really was.
Available at Amazon.

I have one copy to give away. For a chance to win, comment on this post and include your email so I can contact you. One comment per person, and this contest is open only to USA residents. I'll pick the winner Sunday evening.

24 comments:

  1. I'd love to give this to my husband for Christmas (and steal it from him to read myself) :)

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  2. ahh Steve McQueen....the ladies love him, the men want to be him.

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  3. The great escape is one of my all time favorite movies!
    dan dot diemer plus 1 at gmail dot com

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  4. My roommate in college loved Steve McQueen. She talked me into watching The Great Escape with her and I completely understood her love!

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  5. Nice!
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  6. I've been meaning to watch The Thomas Crown Affair...

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  7. I remember seeing Sand Pebbles many years ago and throughly enjoying it but not fully registering the majesty of Steve McQueen until much later when I saw some of his other classics, and man there are many. Just caught Le Mans the other day for the first time and it really drove that home.

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  8. I'd like to say first off, GREAT Blog/website. I view it regularly, and often. Love it .
    Now, as to Mr. McQueen...yesterday I wore my Steve McQueen Tshirt, which I handwash so as not to add "wear" and yet, I MUST wear it. I've been a SM fan since childhood ( I'm 41) and even painted Steve from my favorite film THE HUNTER :
    http://fineartamerica.com/featured/1-steve-mcqueen-christopher-chouinard.html
    I often have to explain who Steve is to younger people, and dream of the day I can afford a TAG HEUR model watch as he often wore, much less a pair of PERSOL sunglasses. Yes, I AM a Steve Fan. Not a week goes by I don't watch his films, and once I can find a design to commit, I'm tattooing an homage to he and other "tough guy" greats on my leg ( I'm a tattoo guy too !) . Anyway, I thank you for letting me know this was coming out, it's a MUST READ . I know little about his REAL life, focusing on his REEL life...other than he "smoked", womanized and got cancer - so I look forward to it. Plus, if you sent it, I could get a box from one of my favorite websites. How much cooler could my MONDAY get ? Plus, if I did win...I'd be obliged to send you art back....as thanx! ;+)
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  9. McQueen was the man.

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  10. My first Steve McQueen movie was "The Blob", of all films. I still can't believe that my parents let me watch that at age 9. I'd love to read about Mr. McQueen!

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  11. The Great Escape is still one of my favorite films. And I've yet to see a better car chase than from Bullitt.

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  12. I'd love to be able to read this, then give it to my Dad for Christmas!

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  13. What a surprise to open yer site and find this - I'm a huge SM fan! I've read two bios on him and am curious about this one.
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  14. I've been a fan of him ever since my Dad sat me down to watch Bullitt with him. Still my favorite of his movies.

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  15. He's the one that makes me want to buy a motorcycle.
    That dude was just bad.

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  16. I found this blog a couple months ago, and it's definitely in my daily reading list...well done!

    And yes, Steve McQueen is every man's man.

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  17. Fast cars, loose women, flying motorcycles - what else is there to life. I want to be Steve McQueen when I grow up.

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  18. McQueen is the coolest of the cool. *sigh*

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  19. Love me some Steve McQueen! Thanks for doing this!

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  20. Steve McQueen!

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  21. "Perhaps his greatest talent was to be able to convince audiences that he was who he really wasn’t, even as he tried to prove to himself that he wasn’t who he really was."

    I'm thirty-three, and I still don't know who I am. Except that I'm an unemployed alcoholic. A few years ago I was convinced that I had "it" together. Under control. This is not in control.

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  23. One of my very few favorite movie stars. Truly exuded cool, while looking like he wasn't trying. xfiles.gov@gmail.com

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  24. Would be a pretty great read.

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