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Australian Women’s Weekly NZ - - FILM MAKER - by Alec Bald­win, HarperCollins.

Ac­tor Alec Bald­win is a man of fa­mous mis­be­haviours. From over­doses to his messy di­vorce from Kim Basinger and af­frays with the pa­parazzi – all are in­cluded in this mem­oir, and put down as learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ences. Although that’s not why he wrote the book. “I’m writ­ing it be­cause I was paid to write it,” he says with en­dear­ing hon­esty in the pref­ace. He makes a good fist of it, es­pe­cially his early years grow­ing up in South Shore, Long Is­land, the child of an ex­hausted mother (six kids and no help, her mantra) and dis­tant fa­ther. His ca­reer is sim­i­larly che­quered, from strug­gling soapie ac­tor to lead­ing man – although many rate him high­est for his later com­edy roles on 30 Rock and Don­ald Trump im­per­son­ations. An hon­est tale of a com­pli­cated man – with tasty serv­ings of in­side gos­sip along the way.

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