An Improvised Life

An Improvised Life

A Memoir

Book - 2011
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Baker & Taylor
An actor examines his life in Hollywood, looking at both his professional and private life. Original. 25,000 first printing.

Perseus Publishing
From the Oscar-winning co-star of Little Miss Sunshine, a reflection on what theater--specifically the improvisational sort--has taught him about both craft and life.

Alan Arkin knew he was going to be an actor from the age of five: "Every film I saw, every play, every piece of music fed an unquenchable need to turn myself into something other than what I was." An Improvised Life is the Oscar winner's wise and unpretentious recollection of the process--artistic and personal--of becoming an actor, and a revealing look into the creative mind of one of the best practitioners on stage or screen. In a manner that is direct, down-to-earth, accessible, and articulate, Arkin reveals insights not only about himself (and his audience and students), but also truths for the rest of us about work, relationships, and sense of self.


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Alan Arkin, who began acting lessons at age 10 and whose first major film role won him an Academy Award offers a memoir of his acting career. In addition to acting, he also excelled in directing, writing, and as a musician. Arkin takes readers along on a journey through his career and the discoveries he made about acting and life along the way. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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"An Improvised Life" is Oscar winner Alan Arkin's wise and unpretentious recollection of the process--artistic and personal--of becoming an actor, and a revealing look into the creative mind of one of the best practitioners on stage or screen.
The actor examines his life in Hollywood, looking at both his professional and private life.

Publisher: Cambridge, MA : Da Capo Press, c2011
Edition: 1st Da Capo Press ed
ISBN: 9780306819667
Branch Call Number: BIO Arkin ARK
Characteristics: xii, 201 p. ;,21 cm.

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