by Sterling Hayden

Paperback, 1998

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Sheridan House (1998), Edition: Reprint, 452 pages


At seventeen, Sterling Hayden ran away to sea. By twenty-two, he was the captain of his own brigantine. Discovered by Hollywood, he acted in more than forty motion pictures including THE ASPHALT JUNGLE and DR. STRANGELOVE. He has had three wives, including the famous film star, Madeleine Carroll. During the war, he served with the O.S.S. and fought with the partisans in Yugoslavia. After the war, he joined the Communist Party and later recanted, naming the names of his fellow party members before the House Un-American Affairs Committee. Finally, scorning all that Hollywood represents, he threw up his $160,000-a-year career and sailed for Tahiti with his four children on a voyage that made headlines all over the world.

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LibraryThing member F.Langman
Interesting autobiography of a Hollywood actor who quit stardom and sailed to Tahiti with his four young children against a court ruling that he couldn't take them out of the U.S.A. An account of his life from childhood,working on ships,in W.W.ll and as a Hollywood actor. He finally ended up as a writer and turned out some good books.… (more)
LibraryThing member ilduce
I read this while on a ten day sailing trip. Great read, relaxing pace.




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