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Morgan Freeman
DeAngelis, Gina.
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Publication Information:
Philadelphia : Chelsea House Publishers, [2000]

Physical Description:
88 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Traces the childhood and acting career of the Oscar-nominated star of such films as "Driving Miss Daisy" and "Seven."
Reading Level:
1190 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 7.8 2.0 29743.

Reading Counts RC 6-8 8.8 5 Quiz: 17994 Guided reading level: NR.
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PN2287.F683 D43 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Freeman is a highly respected, Oscar-nominated actor.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 5^-8. Although she may be not be as historically renowned as some of the those profiled in the Black Americans of Achievement series, there's no doubt Banks has a high recognition factor with young people. Levin takes pains to make sure that the supermodel Banks is also seen as a real person, one who was awkward and uncoordinated as a child, who was sometimes called "Froggy" because of the warts on her hands, and who, in her adolescent years, was so tall and thin she was nicknamed Olive Oyl. The book chronicles Banks' entry into the world of modeling, her rise to fame, and her desire to give something back by instituting scholarships and becoming a role model. A solid biography with plenty of black-and-white photos to satisfy teen interest. Chronology, bibliography, and Internet resources appended. --Ilene Cooper

School Library Journal Review

Gr 7 Up-A look at the actor's life from his childhood in Mississippi and Chicago to his most recent achievements and films. De Angelis details Freeman's long career that includes Broadway and television as well as movies. She also discusses aspects of her subject's life within the context of the African-American experience in the United States, e.g., the migration of blacks to the North in the first half of the 20th century and racism. The book is illustrated with black-and-white photos, period photographs, and movie stills. Unfortunately, De Angelis's writing tends toward stodginess. Another quibble is that students must look under "Movies," "Television," and "Theater" in the index to locate specific productions. However, this book offers up-to-date information about the actor and will be useful for report writers and curious moviegoers.-Ann W. Moore, Schenectady County Public Library, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.



Morgan Freeman nearly gave up on acting to become a taxi driver before finally getting his first big break. He is known to younger audiences for his roles in the films The Shawshank Redemption, Amistad, Kiss the Girls, Deep Impact, and Along Came a Spider. Learn more about this award-winning actor. Excerpted from Morgan Freeman: Actor by Gina DeAngelis All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.