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Praise for Five Easy Decades
“Dennis McDougal paces his excellent biography of Jack Nicholson, who recently became a septuagenarian, with the command of an experienced marathoner.”
— The Washington Post
“McDougal captures quite well the whirlwind of Nicholson’s hardscrabble years.” — Los Angeles Times
“A model biography: exhaustive, full of action, and startlingly illuminating. . . . McDougal presents an engrossing showcase of big films and bigger personalities [and he] makes Nicholson’s everyday life just as fascinating as his films. . . . McDougal’s research is so deep and detailed, his extensive chapter notes could make a fine book of their own.”
— Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Dennis McDougal is a rare Hollywood reporter: honest, fearless, nobody’s fool. This is unvarnished Jack for Jack-lovers and Jack-skeptics but, also, for anyone interested in the state of American culture and celebrity. I always read Mr. McDougal for pointers but worry that he will end up in a tin drum off the coast of New Jersey.”
— Patrick McGilligan, author of Jack’s Life and
Alfred Hitchcock: A Life in Darkness and Light
Unconventional and unrestrained, Jack Nicholson is a famous and infamous pop-culture icon known for his romantic escapades, his hair-trigger temper, and his love affair with the L.A. Lakers. Written by a veteran journalist with access to Hollywood’s heavy hitters, this candid, probing biography gives you a spellbinding, incisive look at the megawatt Method actor with the enigmatic Cheshire cat grin.
About the Author
Dennis McDougal writes about Hollywood for the New York Times. A former Los Angeles Times staff writer, he won more than forty awards for his hard-nosed coverage of the entertainment industry. He is the bestselling author of The Last Mogul: Lew Wasserman, MCA, and the Hidden History of Hollywood and Privileged Son: Otis Chandler and the Rise and Fall of the L.A. Times Dynasty.