No, we’re not talking about the latest filmmaking sensation from Britain, but instead about American acting legend Steve McQueen, and while you might be busy devouring another hot biography about a certain recently deceased tech icon, we think you should probably make room for this one.
“Steve McQueen” by Marc Eliot is an in-depth look at the thespian, and it comes from a man who certainly knows his way around classic Hollywood. Eliot has penned biographies on both Cary Grant and Jimmy Stewart in addition to a number of other works, including “Walt Disney: Hollywood’s Dark Prince” and “American Rebel: The Life of Clint Eastwood.” This time around he tackles the The King Of Cool, the star of “The Magnificent Seven,” “The Great Escape,” “Bullitt,” “The Getaway” and a handful of other classics, dipping into both his public and private existences in an extensive look at the actor’s life before he passed away far too soon at fifty years old. Whether you’re a fan or a newcomer to McQueen, there is lots to savor from Eliot’s book, and if you can’t get yourself to a bookstore, we’ve got three copies to give away to some lucky readers. But first, here’s the synopsis:
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.
So, how can you get one of these? Email us your name, full address and your favorite Steve McQueen quote from any of his movies. And sorry folks, this is open to U.S. residents only.
Update: Contest is closed. Winners will be contact via email.
“Steve McQueen” is in bookstores now.