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Where to Watch: Showtime
Premiere: Feb. 10, 9 p.m. ET (available on streaming)
Stars: Eric Clapton, B.B. King, Pattie Boyd
People used to write “CLAPTON IS GOD” on graffiti walls. But even those immune to Eric Clapton’s musical allure likely would admit his life is a damn good story, especially as told by Lili Fini Zanuck, 63, the first woman to win a best picture Oscar (for producing Driving Miss Daisy). She did the 1992 video for “Tears in Heaven,” Clapton's touching hit about his son’s death, and he provided tunes for her first directing effort, the 1991 feature Rush.
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The trust they built was necessary, because Clapton’s past is painful. Like John Lennon’s, his art was shaped by mother trouble. Clapton, 72, got the worse deal. Each mom left her son to be raised by relatives, then came back and messed up his head, hurting him into becoming an artist and rock star. Yoko Ono once told me her bond with Lennon “was rooted in the childhood fear of being alone,” caused by Julia Lennon’s absence. But Clapton embraced loneliness, and angrily demanded it after his mother abandoned him. She wasn’t a free spirit like Julia, but a cold, critical person.