by Kathleen Tracy
December 1969 | $17.95 | Paperback | ISBN: 978-0-934878-52-4
Morgan Freeman is a reluctant American treasure. Dignified and wry, humble yet confident, he’s a journeyman actor who suddenly found himself an overnight success at 50, an age when many actors, especially those of color, are forced into retirement for lack
In Mississippi, he stumbled on what would become his life’s passion when a teacher encouraged him to channel his show-off energy into performing. Despite earning a reputation as one of New York’s premiere theatre actors, Freeman was frequently out of work and took odd jobs to scrape by. Along the way he battled alcohol abuse and the break-up of his first marriage and was tempted to walk away from acting. Freeman was saved from spiritual suicide by the unlikely pair of Robert Redford, who cast him in Brubaker, and a pimp named Fast Black, the role in Street Smart which earned Freeman his first Oscar nomination and Hollywood’s belated embrace.
Since then he has built a cinematic legacy in a diverse range of films, including Amistad, Glory, Unforgiven, Seven, Driving Miss Daisy, Kiss the Girls, The Shawshank Redemption, Invictus, The Dark Knight Rises, Dolphin Tale, The Dark Knight, Red, Lucy and Ted 2, picking up two more Academy Award nominations. Finally, in 2005, Freeman won his elusive Oscar for his tour de force performance in Million Dollar Baby.
is an entertainment journalist whose writing has been featured in magazines such as A&E Biography Magazine; KidScreen and Variety. She is also the author of more than 20 biographies including The Boy Who Would Be King; Jerry Seinfeld: The Entire Domain; Don Imus: America's Cowboy and Ellen: The Real Story of Ellen De Generes.