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In Wired: The Short Life and Fast Times of John Belushi, Bob Woodward wrote about the meteoric rise of John Belushi from his first acting forays in the play Lemmings as a college student from Wheaton, IL to improvisational comic at The Second City theater in Chicago. Beginning in 1975, he became a star as an original cast member of Saturday Night Live's Not Ready For Prime Time Players. Before his death in 1982, Belushi had ascended to superstardom as a leading actor and top box office draw in such films as National Lampoon's Animal House, The Blues Brothers, Continental Divide, 1941, Neighbors, and Goin' South.

The biography of one of the era's great comedic talents is a depressing and sad story of a life cut short at age 33 due to an overdose of heroin and cocaine. Mr. Woodward illustrates how much promise and potential was wasted by the rampant use of drugs, alcohol, and questionable behavior by chronicling much of Belushi's life in and out of the public eye. He reprises many of the scenes for which Belushi was so famous. The last days of John Belushi's life show the dangers of stardom and perils of drugs when his life spiraled out of control.
This report prepared by David Fletcher








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Plot & Themes

job/profession:    -   actor/actress Job/profession/poverty story    -   Yes Story of entertainer?    -   Movie Comedy Actor Period of greatest activity?    -   1950+

Subject of Biography

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

Setting

How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   4 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast City?    -   Yes City:    -   New York    -   Chicago Century:    -   1960's-1970's

Writing Style

Book makes you feel?    -   depressed How much dialogue in bio?    -   significantly more descript than dialog How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?    -   51%-75% of book

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