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Sunset Boulevard

Johnny Depp: The Biography

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Fear and Lothing in Las Vegas
Rio's Attic: Celebrating the Life and Times of a Dearly Missed River Phoenix
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Johnny Depp: The Biography

by Nigel Goodall.
First published in 1999.

ISBN 1-85782-341-9 (Paperback, 270 Pages)

In a biography that includes looking at such recent films as Tim Burton's Sleepy Hollow and Terry Gilliam's Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, author Nigel Goodall, spends a total of eight pages talking about River's death in a chapter he calls "A Nightmare On Sunset Boulevard."

All the same, he spent as little time as he could in Hollywood. As much as his friends Keanu Reeves and Winona Ryder did their best to retreat from the hype of tinsel town, so did Phoenix. He simply deplored what he called its "bad influences and superficial values."
Indeed, both fans and the Hollywood insiders themselves have since struggled to make sense of the actor's death. Even a casual observer of tabloid headlines would not have put Phoenix down as the one likely to run into trouble.
It simply beggared belief that the child of hippie parents - someone with such Utopian ideals, who refused meat, dairy and fish products, campaigned for environmental issues such as saving the rainforests and the humane treatment of animals, refused to wear leather, and characteristically chose to hide away from the celebrity spotlight - could have died of a drug overdose. It just wasn't possible.

All of the rumours and stories of that night come out for yet another airing and the author mixes them with a number of quotations from the book's subject. Depp is regularly quoted in this way throughout the entire length of the biography and, because of this, the book features very strong language.

"I knew for the next month or so it was just gonna be a gawk feast, just filled with gawkers and tourists, Grave-line Tours, all that shit. I just didn't go around for a while. We've weeded out the gawkers, now it's back to being a good place."

Depp's "all's well that ends well" comment signifies the end of this particular subject in the book and the author moves on to look at his relationship with model Kate Moss. This leaves the question of exactly what Depp meant by "weeded out" as unanswered.

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