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The Resource Bruce Lee : a life, Matthew Polly

Bruce Lee : a life, Matthew Polly

Label
Bruce Lee : a life
Title
Bruce Lee
Title remainder
a life
Statement of responsibility
Matthew Polly
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • "The most authoritative biography--featuring dozens of rarely seen photographs--of film legend Bruce Lee, who made martial arts a global phenomenon, bridged the divide between Eastern and Western cultures, and smashed long-held stereotypes of Asians and Asian-Americans. Forty-five years after Bruce Lee's sudden death at age thirty-two, journalist and bestselling author Matthew Polly has written the definitive account of Lee's life. It's also one of the only accounts; incredibly, there has never been an authoritative biography of Lee. Following a decade of research that included conducting more than one hundred interviews with Lee's family, friends, business associates, and even the actress in whose bed Lee died, Polly has constructed a complex, humane portrait of the icon. Polly explores Lee's early years as a child star in Hong Kong cinema; his actor father's struggles with opium addiction and how that turned Bruce into a troublemaking teenager who was kicked out of high school and eventually sent to America to shape up; his beginnings as a martial arts teacher, eventually becoming personal instructor to movie stars like James Coburn and Steve McQueen; his struggles as an Asian-American actor in Hollywood and frustration seeing role after role he auditioned for go to a white actors in eye makeup; his eventual triumph as a leading man; his challenges juggling a sky-rocketing career with his duties as a father and husband; and his shocking end that to this day is still shrouded in mystery. Polly breaks down the myths surrounding Bruce Lee and argues that, contrary to popular belief, he was an ambitious actor who was obsessed with the martial arts--not a kung-fu guru who just so happened to make a couple of movies. This is an honest, revealing look at an impressive yet imperfect man whose personal story was even more entertaining and inspiring than any fictional role he played onscreen"--
  • "A biography of the movie icon Bruce Lee"--
Assigning source
  • Provided by publisher
  • Provided by publisher
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Polly, Matthew
Dewey number
  • 791.4302/8092
  • B
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PN2287.L2897
LC item number
P65 2018
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Lee, Bruce
  • Actors
  • Martial artists
Label
Bruce Lee : a life, Matthew Polly
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 603-616) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
Extent
x, 640 pages
Isbn
9781501187629
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2018013592
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)
System control number
  • 1554861
  • (DLC) 2018013592
  • 1554861
Label
Bruce Lee : a life, Matthew Polly
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 603-616) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
Extent
x, 640 pages
Isbn
9781501187629
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2018013592
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)
System control number
  • 1554861
  • (DLC) 2018013592
  • 1554861

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