This video is from a Live Talks Los Angeles event taped on October 28 at Zipper Hall at The Colburn School.

“Eighteen years ago I thought that my life as an actor was over, so I wrote my autobiography to round off my professional life, and that, as far as I was concerned, was that. Fortunately, and not for the first time, I was wrong. Very wrong. The best was yet to come—which, when I look back at my life, is really saying something.” — Michael Caine

Michael Caine is one of the greatest actors of all times. And yet, in his fifties, he believed his glamorous, rags-to-riches Hollywood career had come to an end. The scripts being sent his way were worse and worse. Salvation came in the unlikely form of his old friend Jack Nicholson, who convinced him to give acting one more shot. What followed was not only an incredible personal transformation but also one of the most radical comebacks in film history.

Learning to accept his new role both on camera and in his own life, Caine went on to win his second Oscar, be knighted by the queen, and deliver some of his best performances to date. Now, he shares the spectacular story of his life, from his humble upbringing in London’s poverty-stricken Elephant and Castle, his military service, touching marriage and family life, to legendary meetings with fellow stars, forays as a restaurateur, and off-screen encounters from his glittering five-decade career.

Sharon Waxman, is Editor in Chief of The Wrap. She is an award-winning journalist and best-selling author, a former Hollywood correspondent for The New York Times. Before the Times, she was a correspondent for eight years for The Washington Post. She started out as a foreign correspondent, covering Europe and the Middle East for a decade. She is the founder and CEO of The Wrap, and the author of two books, including, “Rebels on the Backlot: Six Maverick Directors and How They Conquered the Hollywood Studio System.”

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