Magazine article Book

A Man at His Best. (Hollywood Spotlight)

Magazine article Book

A Man at His Best. (Hollywood Spotlight)

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YOU HAVE TO BE EITHER INSANE OR A sex maniac or a drug addict to be book-worthy," says Gary Fishgall, author of Gregory Peck, a new biography of the eighty-five-year-old film legend whose career includes roles in Roman Holiday and To Kill a Mockingbird, for which he won an Oscar in 1963. "If you want to write about an actor who hasn't been the subject of a definitive book, the choices are narrow because anybody who's that popular is likely to have already been written about." In Fact, he says, the actors who haven't been covered extensively are, like Peck, those who led relatively scandal-free lives.

Peck may have nothing to hide, but he is nonetheless protective of his privacy. Fishgall never met his subject or talked to him on the phone. The two only communicated by writing, "which is the way Peck wanted it," he says. Fishgall suspects that their limited contact ultimately proved beneficial. "I met with lots of people in Hollywood who are, shall we say, past their prime. …

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