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Uma Thurman : the biography
Sutherland, Bryony.
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London : Aurum, [2004]

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289 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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Includes "Curriculum vitae" (p. 278-279)

Includes index.
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Presently at the peak of her career following her towering performance inill Bill Volumes 1 and 2, Uma Thurman is an intriguing paradox: theeautiful muse of Quentin Tarantino whose struggle with body dysmorphicisorder has often rendered her crippled with insecurity. The daughter of auddhist professor and a model, Uma enjoyed a bohemian upbringing. Aftereaving school at fifteen to pursue an acting career, she first gainedecognition playing a vulnerable ingenue opposite John Malkovich in 1988'sangerous Liaisons. But her most memorable role was as a reckless gangster'soll in Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction, one of the most talked-about filmsf the 1990s. Accomplished biographers Bryony Sutherland and Lucy Ellis tellhe whole story: the ups and downs of Uma's acting career; her two marriages,o fellow actors Gary Oldman and Ethan Hawke; embracing a new role as devotedother to daughter Maya and son Roan; and her triumphant return to form ashe wronged bride on a rampage of revenge in Kill Bill.

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Library Journal Review

Usually, biographies written about individuals who haven't even left their thirties are puff pieces meant to capitalize on fleeting fame. However, because so little is known about Uma Thurman and because the Kill Bill films cap a long career, this book is both interesting and timely. Thurman grew up surrounded by intellectuals, hated her looks, and struggled to find herself. She dropped out of school at 15 and went to New York City to become an actress. She had quick success with Dangerous Liaisons but struggled against being typecast as a sex symbol. It wasn't until Quentin Tarantino and Pulp Fiction that she became a star. Some might say that Thurman is Tarantino's muse, and neither had another big hit until Kill Bill. The authors (Nicole Kidman) cover Thurman's films and reveal both juicy, behind-the-scenes details and little-known facts, e.g., Thurman's mother was once married to Timothy Leary. The book was originally published in Britain, and the many Britishisms can be distracting, but, all in all, this is a worthy addition to the biography genre. Recommended for performing arts collections.-Rosellen Brewer, formerly with the Monterey Cty. Free Libs., Salinas, CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsp. ix
Picture Creditsp. xi
Prologue: Not So Pleasantly Dumbp. 1
1 You're Nobody Till Somebody Loves Youp. 5
2 The Quest For The Middle Wayp. 13
3 Who Am I?p. 22
4 Ignorance, Bravery And A Side Order Of Stupidityp. 31
5 A Jayne Mansfield Body And A Horrifyingly Great Brainp. 44
6 A Kind Of It Girlp. 52
7 Tall, Dark, Damaged And Handsomep. 62
8 No Man's Landp. 71
9 The End Of The Crazy Love Affairp. 82
10 Even Film Stars Get The Bluesp. 92
11 A Hitchhiker's Guide To Disasterp. 102
12 The Mia Moviep. 109
13 The Enjoyment Of Bustlep. 124
14 You're Damned If You Do And Damned If You Don'tp. 132
15 A Quantum Leapp. 142
16 The Latex Experiencep. 153
17 Corsets And Catsuitsp. 161
18 Year Of The Motherp. 174
19 Sweet And Low-Keyp. 182
20 Saying Hello To The Stagep. 189
21 The Hip Viciousness Of La-La Landp. 201
22 Beauty Is In The Eye Of The Beholderp. 211
23 Kitchen-Sink Dramasp. 222
24 A New Yorker, An Actress And A Motherp. 230
25 The Tarantino Touchp. 235
26 A Walk In The Parkp. 254
27 What Kinda Kick Do You Want?p. 262
28 Trix Are For Kidsp. 269
Epilogue: Turning On The High Beamsp. 274
Curriculum Vitaep. 278
Indexp. 281