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Old 11-01-2011, 09:14 PM   #1
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The Garner Files

I see that James Garner has published his memoirs in a book called "The Garner Files". I hope the book is as good a read as his movies and TV shows. Any guy married to the same woman for 55 years, gets my admiration in this day and age.
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Old 11-01-2011, 10:07 PM   #2
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Thanks, it's on my library list.

Of course he called it "The Garner Files". The word "maverick" has been newly associated with unfavorable connotations...
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Old 11-03-2011, 09:02 AM   #3
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Although I know little about him personally, I always admired him as an actor. I particularly liked the character he played in the movie with Sally Field, Murphy's Romance.
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Although I know little about him personally, I always admired him as an actor. I particularly liked the character he played in the movie with Sally Field, Murphy's Romance.
That was a good one. He has always been one of my favorite actors.
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Old 11-03-2011, 03:29 PM   #5
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My fav Garner movie was "Support Your Local Sherif". A total "cartoon", but done with such style that it was a fun ride for 90 minutes or so. It also included a host of character actors that many of us have come to love over the years: e.g., Harry Morgan, Jack Elam, Walter Brennan, Bruce Dern, etc. etc.

I agree that Garner is a great actor and has moved seamlessly back and forth between TV and movies. A rare talent. Gotta get the book. Thanks for the heads up.
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Although I know little about him personally, I always admired him as an actor. I particularly liked the character he played in the movie with Sally Field, Murphy's Romance.
That, and "The Notebook". What a tremendous man and actor he is.
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Old 11-03-2011, 06:03 PM   #7
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Breaking Doris Day's ribs! Sounds like that story alone is worth the price of admission.

http://www.amazon.com/Garner-Files-M.../dp/1451642601
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Although I know little about him personally, I always admired him as an actor. I particularly liked the character he played in the movie with Sally Field, Murphy's Romance.
Me, too.
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I've heard him referred to as the nicest man in Hollywood. I'll have to reserve this book from the library. Thanks for the post.
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83 and a class act.
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Got the book for DW. Finished reading it yesterday. I thought that his insight on the world of Hollywood acting was interesting. Don't want to spoil anything.

Good read.
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I just finished reading this book also. I enjoyed it and really liked him in Murphy's Romance and The Notebook too.
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I just have to speak up about something. I have always been a James Garner fan; loved his movies and TV series. However I went to Amazon to read reviews of the book and found something really ... disturbing. On each of the "low" ratings, Garner's daughter, Gigi, writes a scathing response to the reviewer, defending the book and her father. She even stooped to name calling in some instances and I don't know why Amazon has allowed her comments to remain.

Um, excuse me, but reviews are PERSONAL OPINION, and people are allowed to express that they did not like something, and why.

Her childish action turned me off so badly that I decided not to bother reading the book. (Plus the fact that some of the reviews were more "I LOOOOOVE James Garner" than why the book was a decent read.)

Just had to get that off my chest. I feel better now.
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Her childish action turned me off so badly that I decided not to bother reading the book. (Plus the fact that some of the reviews were more "I LOOOOOVE James Garner" than why the book was a decent read.)
Just had to get that off my chest. I feel better now.
Eh, you're missing out. That's her problem, not yours. It's very well written and it's a good story. It's also probably free at the library...

The ghost writer included a chapter at the end where Garner's friends dished on him shared their memories. In general, though, their stories were pretty close together.
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SarahW - I'm not surprised that Gigi would defend her dad and the book so emotionally. I would probably do the same for my dad. Warts and all - he is still my dad.
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Um, excuse me, but reviews are PERSONAL OPINION, and people are allowed to express that they did not like something, and why.
And that's what Gigi is doing, right? Reviewing the reviews?
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I listened to the audio book from the library. Seems like it would be a slow read. Interesting info about his life.
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