Picks and Pans Review: Reflections: a Life in Two Worlds

updated 05/05/1980 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/05/1980 AT 01:00 AM EDT

by Ricardo Montalban with Bob Thomas

"Acting is the only profession that approaches being godlike, because it creates life," says Montalban in this unusual Hollywood autobiography, which employs a weekend retreat at a Jesuit monastery as its frame. Montalban is a fervent Catholic, though the kind who describes every meal served during the retreat and notes that it includes "fine French wine." Between courses he recalls growing up in Mexico. A brother in the beer business took him first to L.A. for high school and then to New York, where Montalban started acting with a bit part in summer stock with Tallulah Bank-head. After marriage to Loretta Young's sister, Georgiana, and eight years under contract to MGM, Ricardo was suddenly let go. After that he took any acting job he could get. Now 59, he treats his current TV series, Fantasy Island, as the high point of his career. The early stories about Mexico, glazed over though they are with the romance of time, are the most interesting parts of this modest, heartening star bio. (Doubleday, $8.95)

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