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The Guttenberg Bible

A Memoir

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"Forget being an actor. You don't have the look, you don't have the talent, and your name is ridiculous. You are the last guy I would ever pick to be a movie star."

This was the first piece of advice Steve Guttenberg ever received from an agent. Like many other times in his life, he didn't listen.

In this honest, charming memoir, Guttenberg tells the unique story of his first decade in Hollywood, as he went from being a complete unknown to starring in some of the most successful blockbusters of all time. He spent his early days sneaking onto the Paramount lot and meeting more actors and casting agents than most aspiring actors ever would. Even before the hit Police Academy---which his manager said would be a flop---he had already worked with such luminaries as Lord Laurence Olivier, Richard Widmark, and Gregory Peck. Later he shared the screen with actors such as Mickey Rourke and Sharon Stone long before they became household names.

Guttenberg has lived through the addictive pull of show business and worldwide celebrity (you're no one until you have a stalker, he learns). With a clear-eyed appreciation for the one-of-a-kind experiences that the celebrity lifestyle has to offer, he knew that his family would keep him grounded throughout it all. And his self-awareness and sense of humor about the ups and downs of fame make The Guttenberg Bible one of the most candid Hollywood stories to date.

From Publishers Weekly

Feb 13, 2012 – Actor Guttenberg, best known for his roles in Cocoon, Diner, Police Academy, and Three Men and a Baby, looks back on a decade (1977 1987) of his 35-year career. Fiercely ambitious, even in his teens, he spent the summer after high school graduation daily sneaking onto the Paramount lot by claiming to be Michael Eisner s stepson. With a phony requisitions form from the Happy Days set he managed to acquire and furnish an empty office, splicing wires to install a telephone: Two months in Hollywood and I had my own office. After that wild opening chapter, it s impossible to stop reading. Within weeks Guttenberg was cast in a KFC commercial, followed by a walk-on bit in a major film and a supporting role in a TV movie. His career was underway, eventually scoring big with the Police Academy series: Once you start doing sequels of the sequels, then you get into a series, and a series spawns a franchise. Guttenberg s approach is that of a na ve waif adrift in the Hollywood flotsam and jetsam, with celebrity anecdotes and cinematic insights bobbing to the surface as he paints a comedic patina over his past. At times, one questions how much his memories have been embellished. No matter. Guttenberg is a jocular juggernaut with his humor snowballing over the reader, so equally entertaining books are certain to follow.
The Guttenberg Bible
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  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Biographies & Memoirs
  • Published: May 08, 2012
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Seller: Macmillan / Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC
  • Print Length: 352 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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