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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.
With original material, rare photos, and new interviews, Eliot
presents a fascinating and complete picture of McQueen's life.