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The unwanted offspring of Hollywood, Jesse Newman and Rikki Lee Travolta battle through the turmoil of emotional childhood abuse. In a sorrowful quest for the emotional acceptance that eludes them from their distant and abusive families, as young men they turn to careers themselves in Hollywood in the hopes that fame will provide a substitute for love.
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Newman is blessed with the skills to succeed as an actor. Travolta is a guy who looks good with his shirt off. Through the luck of sleeping with the right casting agent, Travolta is the one who ends up with the successful career in Hollywood while his more talented but less lucky best friend Newman falls off the figurative face earth facing dejection after dejection as an actor and in his personal life.

While one man's star rises and the other's falls, they both fall into the terrible web of alcohol and drug addiction, ultimately destroying one if not both.

In this exploration of the sordid elements of an actors life, Travolta writes with great passion and an authentic if self-deprecating voice.

The review of this Book prepared by Barb Hevner

"My Fractured Life" by B-movie actor Rikki Lee Travolta (Infinity Publishing) provides a very realistic picture of the life of an actor in Hollywood, and it's a very sad picture.

This is the story of a man who wants to be an actor, but settles for being famous. In a self-medicated world of cocaine abuse and sexual addiction, he comes to terms with the idea that audiences care more about how he looks with his shirt off than whether he can act.

The characters of the book are superbly richly drawn; there is not a stereotype among them. Television stars, agents, and even adult film actors are shown as real people with insecurities, guilt, and shame. It is not the story of drug addicts on the street; it is the very real story of drug addicts who attend PTA meetings.

The review of this Book prepared by Jeff Condon

This is the story of the seemy side of Hollywood.
The review of this Book prepared by Mandy Flipp

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Plot & Themes

job/profession:    -   actor/actress Job/profession/poverty story    -   Yes Phys disability/mental struggle?    -   Yes Struggle with    -   drugs Story of entertainer?    -   TV Drama Actor Period of greatest activity?    -   1950+

Subject of Biography

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   actor/actress/producer Ethnicity    -   American Indian Nationality    -   Italian


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   5 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Southeast    -   Midwest    -   California City?    -   Yes City:    -   New York    -   Los Angeles    -   dirty, grimy (like New York)    -   wealthy    -   rude people    -   Chicago Misc setting    -   Fancy Mansion    -   sewers/subways Century:    -   1980's-Present

Writing Style

Book makes you feel?    -   thoughtful    -   like laughing Graphic sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   actual description of hetero sex Pictures/Illustrations?    -   A few 1-5 B&W How much dialogue in bio?    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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