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Memoir to capture McQueen's last years

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LOS ANGELES, Sep 17, 2006 (UPI via COMTEX) -- A new memoir by the wife of Hollywood star Steve McQueen is set to detail the actor's journey across America at the end of his film career.

"Steve McQueen: The Last Mile" was written by the last wife of the actor, Barbara McQueen. It details the U.S. road trip they both underwent in an effort by "The Towering Inferno" star to meet "ordinary people," said The Times of London.

"They thought he was some dirty old man with this young girl, running around the country," the former model said of the excursion. "Which he got a hell of a kick out off. Mind you, it was also true!"

McQueen died of cancer in 1980, after a career which saw him star in cinematic classics such as "Papillon" and "The Great Escape."

The memoir -- co-written by the actor's biographer Marshall Terrill -- will hit stores in November, at the same time as Bonhams & Butterfields plans to auction memorabilia related to the film icon.

The auction will take place in Los Angeles and will likely be the last significant offering of property related to the actor, the newspaper said.


Copyright 2006 by United Press International

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