This book is an anthology of 53 quotes from Burt Lancaster and 91 selected facts about Burt Lancaster. Burt Lancaster was chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history. Burt Lancaster started out his career as a circus performer. Burt Lancaster descended from Irish Protestants from Ulster who immigrated to the United States in the 1880s. Burt Lancaster stood 6' 1" at his peak, as can be seen in Vera Cruz (1954) where he is clearly two inches shorter than his 6' 3" co-star Gary Cooper. During the Great Depression, Burt Lancaster supported himself working as a nude artists model by day and a singing waiter by night. In 1949, Burt Lancaster began a love affair with actress Shelley Winters. Burt Lancaster loved playing bridge and took the game very seriously. Burt Lancaster graduated from DeWitt Clinton High School in New York. Burt Lancaster was ranked #85 in Empire (UK) magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list. Burt Lancaster is father of actor and writer Bill Lancaster. I always try to improve, to find new ways of expressing myself, to keep looking for truth and originality. I woke up one day a star. It was terrifying. Then I worked hard toward becoming a good actor. Genius is a pretty dangerous thing to have. Genius is too erratic. It's better just to be talented. I feel that I am a good actor. Praying is the best first rate medicine I know. Sell yourself first, if you want to sell anything. You're the captain of your soul. That's what counts. A circus is like a mother in whom one can confide and who rewards and punishes. Can anything be more Un-American than the Un-American committee? I am interested in being in pictures that I would like to see. I am reasonably happy, providing I keep busy.
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