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Author Polly, Matthew, author.

Title Bruce Lee : a life / Matthew Polly.

Publication Info. New York : Simon & Schuster, 2018.

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 Pittsburg 2nd Fl Biography  BIO Lee    New Books Pittsburg 2ndFl  Available
Edition First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
Description x, 640 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
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Summary "The most authoritative biography--featuring dozens of rarely seen photographs--of film legend Bruce Lee, who made martial arts a global phenomenon, bridged the divide between Eastern and Western cultures, and smashed long-held stereotypes of Asians and Asian-Americans. Forty-five years after Bruce Lee's sudden death at age thirty-two, journalist and bestselling author Matthew Polly has written the definitive account of Lee's life. It's also one of the only accounts; incredibly, there has never been an authoritative biography of Lee. Following a decade of research that included conducting more than one hundred interviews with Lee's family, friends, business associates, and even the actress in whose bed Lee died, Polly has constructed a complex, humane portrait of the icon. Polly explores Lee's early years as a child star in Hong Kong cinema; his actor father's struggles with opium addiction and how that turned Bruce into a troublemaking teenager who was kicked out of high school and eventually sent to America to shape up; his beginnings as a martial arts teacher, eventually becoming personal instructor to movie stars like James Coburn and Steve McQueen; his struggles as an Asian-American actor in Hollywood and frustration seeing role after role he auditioned for go to a white actors in eye makeup; his eventual triumph as a leading man; his challenges juggling a sky-rocketing career with his duties as a father and husband; and his shocking end that to this day is still shrouded in mystery. Polly breaks down the myths surrounding Bruce Lee and argues that, contrary to popular belief, he was an ambitious actor who was obsessed with the martial arts--not a kung-fu guru who just so happened to make a couple of movies. This is an honest, revealing look at an impressive yet imperfect man whose personal story was even more entertaining and inspiring than any fictional role he played onscreen"-- Provided by publisher.
"A biography of the movie icon Bruce Lee"-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 603-616), filmography (page 503-504), and index.
Subject Lee, Bruce, 1940-1973.
Actors -- United States -- Biography.
Martial artists -- United States -- Biography.
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Entertainment & Performing Arts.
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Sports.
ISBN 9781501187629
1501187627

 
    
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