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John Leguizamo was born in Colombia in 1964 and immigrated to Queens, New York, with his family when he was four years old. He began his career as a stand-up comedian in various New York clubs, and has gone on to critically acclaimed performances on film, television, and Broadway. He lives in New York City.


In this brash autobiography, comic Leguizamo recalls a life lived "on the fine line between acting and acting out." Readers who know his celebrated one-man shows, Mambo Mouth and Spic-O-Rama among them, will recognize some of the same people and topics: the doting mom, authoritarian father, brother Serge and the author's perpetually adolescent fascination with sex. Familiar, too, are the chameleonlike shifts of tone and theme- Leguizamo's trickster charm and outspoken ethnic pride can morph to candid yet searing takes on money, fame and the acting life. Mostly, Leguizamo tracks his maturation and unlikely rise from a smart-ass acting tyro born in Colombia and raised in Queens, N.Y., to an award-winning actor, director and family man. As he puts it: "I'm a horrible example of how to have a successful career." Yet Leguizamo makes this story full of behavioral quirks and professional beefs memorable. Whether he is being tough on Latin stereotypes or describing his sexual conquests, the text is hilarious-propelled by jokes, quips and situations in which the author usually finds himself driven to reaction instead of reflection. This mix of the glib and the sometimes glam presents a refreshing cultural tonic. (Nov.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

"[Leguizamo is] a remarkably mature writer . . . Astonishing."--Newsweek
"Leguizamo is one of the most excting talents to come along in some time."--USA Today
"Brutally funny."--The New York Times
"This mix of the glib and the sometimes glam presents a refreshing cultural tonic."--Publishers Weekly
"Leguizamo's autobiography is as singular as the man himself. "--Library Journal
"The high point: his breezy honesty."--Entertainment Weekly

Leguizamo's autobiography is as singular as the man himself. Written in a carefree, personable style, it provides an intimate peek into the loco cabeza ("crazy head") of one of America's most talented actor/writer/producers. This is a no-holds-barred retelling of his tightly held Latin roots (he was born in Colombia), his everlasting competition with his father; his struggles with the Hollywood scene, and his honest perspectives of himself, his family, and his "homies." It is no wonder why he's chosen to play characters as diverse as Dr. Victor Clemente (ER), Miss Chi Chi Rodriguez (To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything!, Julie Newmar), and Sid the Sloth (Ice Age). His realistic take on life comes through in his behind-the-scenes stories about the development of his stage and TV productions (e.g., Freak and Sexaholix). We can only hope this multitalented artist will write a sequelography. Leguizamo uses very matter-of-fact language (that is, he often uses the F word), so the book may not be to every reader's taste. Recommended for public and academic libraries, this quick read is its own reward.-Richard A. Dickey, Washington, DC Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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