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THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE CLINT


THERE ARE PRESS RELEASES, AND THERE ARE HOT PRESS RELEASES--BULLETINS THAT SHAKE YOU UP AND MAKE YOU WANT TO READ THEM THROUGH, RIGHT UP TO THE END. THIS RELEASE, FROM ST. MARTIN'S PRESS, CERTAINLY MAKES ME WANT TO READ "CLINT, THE LIFE AND LEGEND," COMING SOON TO A BOOKSTORE NEAR YOU.


Clint Facts from
CLINT, The Life and Legend by Patrick McGilligan


CLINT, The Life and Legend by Patrick McGilligan is the first biography to penetrate the secretive world of a man whose name is the best-known around the world of any movie star's. Among its revelations:

* CLINT THE WOMANIZER
Clint started having children out of wedlock long before getting to Hollywood, and his first such indiscretion is perhaps the Rosebud of his psychology. Once he became a star, he maintained a secret "double life" away from the press, which was kept dazzled by his nice-guy, all-American publicity. During the run of the Top Ten-rated television series Rawhide, Clint actually shuttled between two "homes" some nights-with a second family kept hidden from the public (and his wife). The "loner" image was just that, a blind for nights out partying with the guys. He has fathered at least seven children by five different women-four of them out of wedlock, and McGilligan gets the lowdown straight from the mouths of ex-lovers.

* CLINT THE OPERATOR
From the earliest in his career, Clint kept a tight control on his own image. When Clint's first publicists found their hands full keeping his unwholesome side out of print, they got fired. His first business agent was a smooth operator who kept double books to conceal Clint's bad habits. His first lawyer later became the head of Warner Bros. and wrote Clint's sweetheart contract with the studio that has lasted for thirty years. He routinely seduced journalists and critics (literally as well as metaphorically), the prime example being his now-wife Dina Ruiz.

* CLINT THE HOTHEAD
All the publicity says that off-screen, Clint is a soft-spoken, sweet-hearted guy. Wrong: He plays Dirty Harry so well, because he is, beneath the skin, Dirty Harry incarnate. When he loses his temper, watch out: he throws punches, wrecks rooms, and bulldozes cars that have taken his parking spaces. One of Hollywood's top legal firms has been on retainer for forty years to defend him. Clint, The Life and Legend also reveals sealed transcripts and records from Clint's frequent lawsuits that have mown down writers, mistresses and other innocents.


* CLINT THE CORPORATION
Malpaso, Clint's company, is legendary as a Mom-and-Pop operation that facilitates Clint's personal style of film production, but McGilligan reveals that Malpaso is really much more a vanity faALade run by Warners. Drawing on interviews with former staff, writers, and producers, Clint, The Life and Legend paints a picture of a defensive-paranoid office that exists mainly to shuffle communications, provide a bachelor pad away from home for the star-boss, and run intensive museum and critic campaigns to collect artistic honors for Clint.

* CLINT THE POLITICAL CONSCIENCE
McGilligan reveals the extent to which Clint's stint as Mayor of Carmel in the 1980s was a Warners charade, right down to studio checks issued to staff and campaign workers. Although Clint presents himself as a libertarian, he's been a Nixon, Reagan, Bush (and recently G. W. Bush) Republican all the way. Actually, he's more of a dilettante, and was busy in Carmel, as Mayor, developing another one of his secret families, complete with out of wedlock children.

* CLINT THE FILM ARTIST
Through the years, Clint has made some classic films. McGilligan definitively chronicles his body of work: from the earliest Universal flops to the breakthrough "spaghetti" Westerns right up through the multiple-Oscar-winning Unforgiven and his most recent films. How and why the films got made is often very different from the studio publicity (in the case of Unforgiven, shockingly different). Readers who wonder things like why Eastwood favors "grainy" lighting (to hide his own increasingly craggy face) will get their fill of the behind-the-camera Clint. Interviews with cast members, writers, directors and producers reveal an "artist" very different from the publicity and legend.


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