When my son saw my bookshelf and said upon seeing this book "Burt Reynolds wrote a book?"; it made me think of a passage in Burt's book where someone is surprised to learn he actually reads. The book is Deliverance and he talks about the filming of it in detail. He also takes us back to when he was a boy and how he always yearned for the close love of his father who was distant and how he found the love he craved performing and creating in TV, talk shows and movies. He also met and became involved with several famous ladies and discussed them here-Dinah Shore, Sally Field and gives his version of the Loni Anderson affair. ( I would like to recommend My Life In High Heels(hope Burt doesn't mind) which gives her version but is also very informative of her career from beginning to where she starts to write the book) Burt is honest. He doesn't hide from or cringe from letting the light shine where it be positive on him or negative on him. I appreciate this-honesty. He is also puzzled by why the industry never gave him props for his contribution to bringing masses of people to TV shows he was on or pulling them to the seats in theaters in movies he was in and you sense his hurt because he couldn't just yank them in men, women, and children just because he was lucky and good looking. He honed his craft and learned from those around him and associated himself with stellar people. He also pulled a turkey or 2 or 3 that's to be sure and what appeals to some people don't appeal to others. Burt Reynolds though is a man, a star to be recognized. I think if you are of the people who wonder or don't wonder about Burt Reynold's-why isn't he taken more seriously or just why is he so famous? The answer is in this book. He started from the beginning, lowly, and worked his way up slowly and had great success and crashes but while he was doing it he had a hell of a good time. I think that's a detriment to Burt yes, he was swinging but was thinking and sometimes the swinging took over his thinking(which he is the first to admit-read about the Cosmo cover) but he is more than a pretty face, more than a sex symbol, he's funny and witty and a good writer find out for yourself give My Life by Burt Reynolds a try.
THIS IS THE STORY BEHIND THE REAL BURT REYNOLDS.