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Johnny Depp
Hawes, Esme.
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Publication Information:
Philadelphia, PA : Chelsea House Publishers, 1998.
Physical Description:
48 pages ; 24 cm.
Presents a biography of the motion picture actor best known for his portrayals of off-beat, loner characters.
General Note:
Includes index.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 7.4 1.0 30974.
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PN2287.D44 H38 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Biography

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Eschewing the typical Hollywood lifestyle, Johnny Depp has starred in a number of alternative roles like those in Edward Scissorhands and What's Eating Gilbert Grape? , which both explore the life of the outsider in an insider's world. His starring role in Donnie Brasco  made him a box-office superstar.

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 4 Up-Two attempts to deliver biographies of stars of the moment, both illustrated with full-color studio photos. Depp's youth was spent hanging "with bad crowds who liked to spend their weekends breaking back into school and destroying the furniture..." simply out of curiosity. Hawes's brief description of Depp's break into film has several time incongruencies. At one point, a tenuous meeting with Nicholas Cage in 1985 provides his entrance into the world of cinema. Later in the text, the author states that shooting for his first movie ended in mid-1984. Film students will find pitifully scant information on his actual work. The critically acclaimed Donnie Brasco only rates two sentences while Depp's poorly received first directing venture, The Brave, is given one paragraph. Keanu Reeves has fewer problems. However, adults may cringe at the description of his early life ("He excelled neither at his studies nor at sports...On the plus side, though, his family did have money..."). Although the filmography includes 1997 releases, the text concludes by briefly mentioning two 1996 films. Serious film students would learn more about Depp's or Reeves's acting from film reviews. Neither book gives more than a superficial look at these box-office celebrities.-Marilyn Payne Phillips, University City Public Library, MO (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.