But Enough About Me

by Burt Reynolds

Other authorsJon Winokur
Hardcover, 2015

Status

Available

Publication

New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, [2015]

Description

"Reynolds has been a Hollywood leading man for six decades, known for his legendary performances, sex-symbol status, and storied Hollywood romances. In his long career of stardom ... Reynolds has seen it all. [This book] will tell his story through the people he's encountered on his amazing journey. In his words, he plans to 'call out the assholes,' try to make amends for being the asshole myself on too many occasions, and pay homage to the many heroes he has come to love and respect"-- Amazon.com.

User reviews

LibraryThing member knahs
Easy to read autobiography from Burt Reynolds. Loved that he appreciated and talked about the old timers like Spencer Tracy, Bette Davis, even a brief encounter with Clark Gable. However, I didn't understand when he mentioned filming Best Friends with Goldie Hawn he made no mention of working with Jessica Tandy, Keenan Wynn, Barnard Hughes, or Audra Lindley.… (more)
LibraryThing member trayceetee
While I’ve never been what you would call a “huge” Burt Reynolds fan, I’ve definitely seen my share of his movies–being a child of the 70’s. I can remember watching “Smokey & the Bandit”, along with just about every other living human I knew…there was something free, uninhibited about Burt’s laugh during that movie–I always remembered it and felt like he must really know how to have fun! Years later, when he was in “Boogie Nights”, I was impressed that he had such a serious side (despite the often funny, hokey parts of the film). He proved himself to me as a solid actor.

So when I saw that Burt had written a memoir, I knew I had to read it at some point. I saw the opportunity to check out the audiobook (read by Burt himself) and I seized it! It must first be pointed out that Burt Reynolds is now 80 years old, and you can hear it in his voice. But I loved this book all the more because it was read by him!

I am constantly amazed and impressed by the vast amount of people Burt has worked with and made friends with over the years. Of course, I knew about Dinah Shore, Angee Dickinson, Sally Field, Loni Anderson, and Jon Voigt, etc. But there are so many other famous people that he knows or knew, well. Johnny Carson, Frank Sinatra, Bette Davis, Ossie Davis, Dom DeLouise and many more. After describing his childhood and his relationship with his parents, Reynolds spends the rest of the book going over his many friendships, as they evolved and as he evolved as an actor. He mentions movies he’s grateful he was a part of, as well as films he passed on or was passed over for. He dishes on a few celebrities that he does not respect or just never got along with (think Joan Crawford, Raquel Welch, Marlon Brando). I suppose the whole book reads like a “Who’s Who” of Hollywood, but because many of the people mentioned are from a time when I was growing up, it appeals greatly to me.
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LibraryThing member arielfl
I live near Jupiter Florida and Burt was definitely Jupiter's favorite son. After seeing that he recently passed away I wanted to read his memoir. I enjoyed it more than I thought I would. It came across as warm and sincere. I especially loved his recollections of growing up in South Florida. The book was equal parts personal stories and stories about famous people he knew. I think he let Loni Anderson off pretty easily. Even though there was a lot of acrimony she actually did host his funeral along with their son.

My girlfriend and I went on a Burt Reynolds field trip. He lived across the street from the park he fondly recounted swimming in with the alligators but where he lived is in a gated community so we couldn't see the house. His ranch where Smokey and the Bandit was filmed has been sold for a housing development. The closest we got was taking our picture in front of the sign at Burt Reynolds Park. Burt gave a lot back to the community of Jupiter. He will be sorely missed.
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LibraryThing member ohgranny
I don't think he was very forthcoming in his book.

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