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Knockout! The Sexy, Violent and Extraordinary Life of Vikki LaMotta

Knockout! The Sexy, Violent and Extraordinary Life of Vikki LaMotta - Vikki Lamotta

Knockout! The Sexy, Violent and Extraordinary Life of Vikki LaMotta


The story of Vikki LaMotta's life reads like a highlight reel from a television mini-series. Born into poverty. Raped at age fourteen. Pregnant and married at sixteen. Subjected to brutal beatings by her husband world middleweight champion Jake LaMotta. Vikki left Jake, worked as a chorus girl to support three young children, was pursued by Frank Sinatra and became romantically involved with mob boss Sam Giancana.

At one on time or another, she crossed paths with the likes of Babe Ruth, Jimmy Durante, Johnny Carson, and Robert DeNiro. At age 51, she posed nude for Playboy. The issue sold more copies to women than any issue of Playboy ever. Vikki's own story is now told and written with acclaimed author Thomas Hauser, and reveals much new information about her amazing life.

Knockout is a straight-from-the-heart account of a life filled with sex and violence that ultimately became a survivor's journey to redemption long before the #MeToo Movement. "Not an edited life but honest facts and events." Vikki wrote to Hauser on completion of the manuscript. "After a final reading, a deep sigh with an amazing amount of relief and exhilaration. Not relief of a project completed but relief of a past saved, not lived in vain."

"Vikki LaMotta was a good person." writes Hauser. "That's as simply and honestly as I can put it. She battled her demons and won. This is her story."

This newly reissued edition includes an afterword by Hauser and coincides with the 40th anniversary of the award-winning movie Raging Bull, directed by Martin Scorsese. Robert DeNiro won his first Oscar as Best Actor for his role of Jake LaMotta, and Cathy Moriarty, then only 18 years old, was nominated for Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her portrayal of Vikki LaMotta.

Author Information

Vikki LaMotta was born in the Bronx on January 23, 1930 and was married to the middle weight champion Jake LaMotta for eleven years. Jake and Vikki had a daughter Christi and two sons - Jake Jr. and Joe - both of whom died in 1998. Jake Jr. died of liver cancer and Joe in an airplane crash. In 1962, she married Tony Foster; they had a son, Harrison, and later divorced.

Vikki was a chorus girl, model and promoted the Vikki LaMotta Cosmetics line. She wrote this autobiography in the 1990s but did not want it released until after her death due to the information revealed in the book.

Vikki lived a full life and died in 2005 in Boca Raton, Florida, two days after her 75th birthday.

Thomas Hauser is an attorney and well-known author based in New York city with over 50 published fiction and nonfiction books. His ability to explain and bring to life events of complexity and importance has secured his reputation as a responsible and reliable social critic. His first published book, The Execution of Charles Horman: An American Sacrifice, was adapted as Costa-Gavras's highly regarded film Missing, starring Jack Lemmon and Sissy Spacek. Most recently, he and author Dr. Robert Peter Gale re-released a bestselling classic book Chernobyl: The Final Warning. For many years he has written extensively about boxing - he was recently selected for boxing's highest honor, induction into the International Boxing Hall Fame.


The story of Vikki LaMotta's life reads like a highlight reel from a television mini-series. Born into poverty. Raped at age fourteen. Pregnant and married at sixteen. Subjected to brutal beatings by her husband world middleweight champion Jake LaMotta. Vikki left Jake, worked as a chorus girl to support three young children, was pursued by Frank Sinatra and became romantically involved with mob boss Sam Giancana.
At one on time or another, she crossed paths with the likes of Babe Ruth, Jimmy Durante, Johnny Carson, and Robert Deniro. At age 51, she posed nude for Playboy. The issue sold more copies to women than any issue of Playboy ever. Vikki' own story is now told and written with acclaimed author Thomas Hauser and reveals much new information about her amazing life.
Knockout is a straight-from-the-heart account of a life filled with sex and violence that ultimately became a survivor's journey to redemption long before the #Me Too Movement. "Not an edited life but honest facts and events." Vikki wrote to Hauser on completion of the manuscript. "After a final reading, a deep sigh with an amazing amount of relief and exhilaration. Not relief of a project completed but relief of a past saved, not lived in vain."
"Vikki LaMotta was a good person." writes Hauser. "That's as simply and honestly as I can put it. She battled her demons and won. This is her story."
This edition includes a new afterword by Hauser coincides with the 40th anniversary of the award winning movie, Raging Bull directed by Martin Scorsese. Robert DeNiro won his first Oscar as Best Actor for his role of Jake LaMotta, and Cathy Moriarty who at only 18 years old was nominated for Best Supporting Actress Oscar in her portrayal of Vikki LaMotta.

Vikki LaMotta (on her ex-husband, Jake)
"One night when I was home alone with the children, Jake walked in. He didn't say anything. Nothing seemed different from any of his other visits. Then he slugged me. And punched me again. In the past, he'd held something back when he hit me. This time, every punch was calculated to disable and cause pain, and the punches kept coming. I didn't think anyone was capable of hurting me that badly. There was nothing I could do. I was helpless and the punches kept raining down. Then fear set in. I stopped trying to protect myself. I couldn't feel the individual blows. I was paralyzed and numb. I realized that Jake might actually kill me."
(On time spent with Robert DeNiro during the formative stages of Raging Bull)
Finally, around two in the morning, Bobby asked, "Where should I sleep?"
"Where would you like to sleep?"
"Wherever you want me."
"You have a choice," I told him. "There's a bed here and a bed in the den."
"If I sleep here, where will you sleep?"
"I don't know. I guess I could sleep in the den."
There was a long pause. And I have to admit, by then I was telling myself, if he attacks me, that's cool.


The story of Vikki LaMotta's life reads like a highlight reel from a television mini-series. Born into poverty. Raped at age fourteen. Pregnant and married at sixteen. Subjected to brutal beatings by her husband world middleweight champion Jake LaMotta. Vikki left Jake, worked as a chorus girl to support three young children, was pursued by Frank Sinatra and became romantically involved with mob boss Sam Giancana.
At one on time or another, she crossed paths with the likes of Babe Ruth, Jimmy Durante, Johnny Carson, and Robert Deniro. At age 51, she posed nude for Playboy. The issue sold more copies to women than any issue of Playboy ever. Vikki' own story is now told and written with acclaimed author Thomas Hauser and reveals much new information about her amazing life.
Knockout is a straight-from-the-heart account of a life filled with sex and violence that ultimately became a survivor's journey to redemption long before the #Me Too Movement. "Not an edited life but honest facts and events." Vikki wrote to Hauser on completion of the manuscript. "After a final reading, a deep sigh with an amazing amount of relief and exhilaration. Not relief of a project completed but relief of a past saved, not lived in vain."
"Vikki LaMotta was a good person." writes Hauser. "That's as simply and honestly as I can put it. She battled her demons and won. This is her story."
This edition includes a new afterword by Hauser coincides with the 40th anniversary of the award winning movie, Raging Bull directed by Martin Scorsese. Robert DeNiro won his first Oscar as Best Actor for his role of Jake LaMotta, and Cathy Moriarty who at only 18 years old was nominated for Best Supporting Actress Oscar in her portrayal of Vikki LaMotta.

Vikki LaMotta (on her ex-husband, Jake)
"One night when I was home alone with the children, Jake walked in. He didn't say anything. Nothing seemed different from any of his other visits. Then he slugged me. And punched me again. In the past, he'd held something back when he hit me. This time, every punch was calculated to disable and cause pain, and the punches kept coming. I didn't think anyone was capable of hurting me that badly. There was nothing I could do. I was helpless and the punches kept raining down. Then fear set in. I stopped trying to protect myself. I couldn't feel the individual blows. I was paralyzed and numb. I realized that Jake might actually kill me."
(On time spent with Robert DeNiro during the formative stages of Raging Bull)
Finally, around two in the morning, Bobby asked, "Where should I sleep?"
"Where would you like to sleep?"
"Wherever you want me."
"You have a choice," I told him. "There's a bed here and a bed in the den."
"If I sleep here, where will you sleep?"
"I don't know. I guess I could sleep in the den."
There was a long pause. And I have to admit, by then I was telling myself, if he attacks me, that's cool.


The story of Vikki LaMotta's life reads like a highlight reel from a television mini-series. Born into poverty. Raped at age fourteen. Pregnant and married at sixteen. Subjected to brutal beatings by her husband world middleweight champion Jake LaMotta. Vikki left Jake, worked as a chorus girl to support three young children, was pursued by Frank Sinatra and became romantically involved with mob boss Sam Giancana.
At one on time or another, she crossed paths with the likes of Babe Ruth, Jimmy Durante, Johnny Carson, and Robert Deniro. At age 51, she posed nude for Playboy. The issue sold more copies to women than any issue of Playboy ever. Vikki' own story is now told and written with acclaimed author Thomas Hauser and reveals much new information about her amazing life.
Knockout is a straight-from-the-heart account of a life filled with sex and violence that ultimately became a survivor's journey to redemption long before the #Me Too Movement. "Not an edited life but honest facts and events." Vikki wrote to Hauser on completion of the manuscript. "After a final reading, a deep sigh with an amazing amount of relief and exhilaration. Not relief of a project completed but relief of a past saved, not lived in vain."
"Vikki LaMotta was a good person." writes Hauser. "That's as simply and honestly as I can put it. She battled her demons and won. This is her story."
This edition includes a new afterword by Hauser coincides with the 40th anniversary of the award winning movie, Raging Bull directed by Martin Scorsese. Robert DeNiro won his first Oscar as Best Actor for his role of Jake LaMotta, and Cathy Moriarty who at only 18 years old was nominated for Best Supporting Actress Oscar in her portrayal of Vikki LaMotta.

Vikki LaMotta (on her ex-husband, Jake)
"One night when I was home alone with the children, Jake walked in. He didn't say anything. Nothing seemed different from any of his other visits. Then he slugged me. And punched me again. In the past, he'd held something back when he hit me. This time, every punch was calculated to disable and cause pain, and the punches kept coming. I didn't think anyone was capable of hurting me that badly. There was nothing I could do. I was helpless and the punches kept raining down. Then fear set in. I stopped trying to protect myself. I couldn't feel the individual blows. I was paralyzed and numb. I realized that Jake might actually kill me."
(On time spent with Robert DeNiro during the formative stages of Raging Bull)
Finally, around two in the morning, Bobby asked, "Where should I sleep?"
"Where would you like to sleep?"
"Wherever you want me."
"You have a choice," I told him. "There's a bed here and a bed in the den."
"If I sleep here, where will you sleep?"
"I don't know. I guess I could sleep in the den."
There was a long pause. And I have to admit, by then I was telling myself, if he attacks me, that's cool.


The story of Vikki LaMotta's life reads like a highlight reel from a television mini-series. Born into poverty. Raped at age fourteen. Pregnant and married at sixteen. Subjected to brutal beatings by her husband world middleweight champion Jake LaMotta. Vikki left Jake, worked as a chorus girl to support three young children, was pursued by Frank Sinatra and became romantically involved with mob boss Sam Giancana.
At one on time or another, she crossed paths with the likes of Babe Ruth, Jimmy Durante, Johnny Carson, and Robert Deniro. At age 51, she posed nude for Playboy. The issue sold more copies to women than any issue of Playboy ever. Vikki' own story is now told and written with acclaimed author Thomas Hauser and reveals much new information about her amazing life.
Knockout is a straight-from-the-heart account of a life filled with sex and violence that ultimately became a survivor's journey to redemption long before the #Me Too Movement. "Not an edited life but honest facts and events." Vikki wrote to Hauser on completion of the manuscript. "After a final reading, a deep sigh with an amazing amount of relief and exhilaration. Not relief of a project completed but relief of a past saved, not lived in vain."
"Vikki LaMotta was a good person." writes Hauser. "That's as simply and honestly as I can put it. She battled her demons and won. This is her story."
This edition includes a new afterword by Hauser coincides with the 40th anniversary of the award winning movie, Raging Bull directed by Martin Scorsese. Robert DeNiro won his first Oscar as Best Actor for his role of Jake LaMotta, and Cathy Moriarty who at only 18 years old was nominated for Best Supporting Actress Oscar in her portrayal of Vikki LaMotta.

Vikki LaMotta (on her ex-husband, Jake)
"One night when I was home alone with the children, Jake walked in. He didn't say anything. Nothing seemed different from any of his other visits. Then he slugged me. And punched me again. In the past, he'd held something back when he hit me. This time, every punch was calculated to disable and cause pain, and the punches kept coming. I didn't think anyone was capable of hurting me that badly. There was nothing I could do. I was helpless and the punches kept raining down. Then fear set in. I stopped trying to protect myself. I couldn't feel the individual blows. I was paralyzed and numb. I realized that Jake might actually kill me."
(On time spent with Robert DeNiro during the formative stages of Raging Bull)
Finally, around two in the morning, Bobby asked, "Where should I sleep?"
"Where would you like to sleep?"
"Wherever you want me."
"You have a choice," I told him. "There's a bed here and a bed in the den."
"If I sleep here, where will you sleep?"
"I don't know. I guess I could sleep in the den."
There was a long pause. And I have to admit, by then I was telling myself, if he attacks me, that's cool.


The story of Vikki LaMotta's life reads like a highlight reel from a television mini-series. Born into poverty. Raped at age fourteen. Pregnant and married at sixteen. Subjected to brutal beatings by her husband world middleweight champion Jake LaMotta. Vikki left Jake, worked as a chorus girl to support three young children, was pursued by Frank Sinatra and became romantically involved with mob boss Sam Giancana.
At one on time or another, she crossed paths with the likes of Babe Ruth, Jimmy Durante, Johnny Carson, and Robert Deniro. At age 51, she posed nude for Playboy. The issue sold more copies to women than any issue of Playboy ever. Vikki' own story is now told and written with acclaimed author Thomas Hauser and reveals much new information about her amazing life.
Knockout is a straight-from-the-heart account of a life filled with sex and violence that ultimately became a survivor's journey to redemption long before the #Me Too Movement. "Not an edited life but honest facts and events." Vikki wrote to Hauser on completion of the manuscript. "After a final reading, a deep sigh with an amazing amount of relief and exhilaration. Not relief of a project completed but relief of a past saved, not lived in vain."
"Vikki LaMotta was a good person." writes Hauser. "That's as simply and honestly as I can put it. She battled her demons and won. This is her story."
This edition includes a new afterword by Hauser coincides with the 40th anniversary of the award winning movie, Raging Bull directed by Martin Scorsese. Robert DeNiro won his first Oscar as Best Actor for his role of Jake LaMotta, and Cathy Moriarty who at only 18 years old was nominated for Best Supporting Actress Oscar in her portrayal of Vikki LaMotta.

Vikki LaMotta (on her ex-husband, Jake)
"One night when I was home alone with the children, Jake walked in. He didn't say anything. Nothing seemed different from any of his other visits. Then he slugged me. And punched me again. In the past, he'd held something back when he hit me. This time, every punch was calculated to disable and cause pain, and the punches kept coming. I didn't think anyone was capable of hurting me that badly. There was nothing I could do. I was helpless and the punches kept raining down. Then fear set in. I stopped trying to protect myself. I couldn't feel the individual blows. I was paralyzed and numb. I realized that Jake might actually kill me."
(On time spent with Robert DeNiro during the formative stages of Raging Bull)
Finally, around two in the morning, Bobby asked, "Where should I sleep?"
"Where would you like to sleep?"
"Wherever you want me."
"You have a choice," I told him. "There's a bed here and a bed in the den."
"If I sleep here, where will you sleep?"
"I don't know. I guess I could sleep in the den."
There was a long pause. And I have to admit, by then I was telling myself, if he attacks me, that's cool.


The story of Vikki LaMotta's life reads like a highlight reel from a television mini-series. Born into poverty. Raped at age fourteen. Pregnant and married at sixteen. Subjected to brutal beatings by her husband world middleweight champion Jake LaMotta. Vikki left Jake, worked as a chorus girl to support three young children, was pursued by Frank Sinatra and became romantically involved with mob boss Sam Giancana.
At one on time or another, she crossed paths with the likes of Babe Ruth, Jimmy Durante, Johnny Carson, and Robert Deniro. At age 51, she posed nude for Playboy. The issue sold more copies to women than any issue of Playboy ever. Vikki' own story is now told and written with acclaimed author Thomas Hauser and reveals much new information about her amazing life.
Knockout is a straight-from-the-heart account of a life filled with sex and violence that ultimately became a survivor's journey to redemption long before the #Me Too Movement. "Not an edited life but honest facts and events." Vikki wrote to Hauser on completion of the manuscript. "After a final reading, a deep sigh with an amazing amount of relief and exhilaration. Not relief of a project completed but relief of a past saved, not lived in vain."
"Vikki LaMotta was a good person." writes Hauser. "That's as simply and honestly as I can put it. She battled her demons and won. This is her story."
This edition includes a new afterword by Hauser coincides with the 40th anniversary of the award winning movie, Raging Bull directed by Martin Scorsese. Robert DeNiro won his first Oscar as Best Actor for his role of Jake LaMotta, and Cathy Moriarty who at only 18 years old was nominated for Best Supporting Actress Oscar in her portrayal of Vikki LaMotta.

Vikki LaMotta (on her ex-husband, Jake)
"One night when I was home alone with the children, Jake walked in. He didn't say anything. Nothing seemed different from any of his other visits. Then he slugged me. And punched me again. In the past, he'd held something back when he hit me. This time, every punch was calculated to disable and cause pain, and the punches kept coming. I didn't think anyone was capable of hurting me that badly. There was nothing I could do. I was helpless and the punches kept raining down. Then fear set in. I stopped trying to protect myself. I couldn't feel the individual blows. I was paralyzed and numb. I realized that Jake might actually kill me."
(On time spent with Robert DeNiro during the formative stages of Raging Bull)
Finally, around two in the morning, Bobby asked, "Where should I sleep?"
"Where would you like to sleep?"
"Wherever you want me."
"You have a choice," I told him. "There's a bed here and a bed in the den."
"If I sleep here, where will you sleep?"
"I don't know. I guess I could sleep in the den."
There was a long pause. And I have to admit, by then I was telling myself, if he attacks me, that's cool.


The story of Vikki LaMotta's life reads like a highlight reel from a television mini-series. Born into poverty. Raped at age fourteen. Pregnant and married at sixteen. Subjected to brutal beatings by her husband world middleweight champion Jake LaMotta. Vikki left Jake, worked as a chorus girl to support three young children, was pursued by Frank Sinatra and became romantically involved with mob boss Sam Giancana.
At one on time or another, she crossed paths with the likes of Babe Ruth, Jimmy Durante, Johnny Carson, and Robert Deniro. At age 51, she posed nude for Playboy. The issue sold more copies to women than any issue of Playboy ever. Vikki' own story is now told and written with acclaimed author Thomas Hauser and reveals much new information about her amazing life.
Knockout is a straight-from-the-heart account of a life filled with sex and violence that ultimately became a survivor's journey to redemption long before the #Me Too Movement. "Not an edited life but honest facts and events." Vikki wrote to Hauser on completion of the manuscript. "After a final reading, a deep sigh with an amazing amount of relief and exhilaration. Not relief of a project completed but relief of a past saved, not lived in vain."
"Vikki LaMotta was a good person." writes Hauser. "That's as simply and honestly as I can put it. She battled her demons and won. This is her story."
This edition includes a new afterword by Hauser coincides with the 40th anniversary of the award winning movie, Raging Bull directed by Martin Scorsese. Robert DeNiro won his first Oscar as Best Actor for his role of Jake LaMotta, and Cathy Moriarty who at only 18 years old was nominated for Best Supporting Actress Oscar in her portrayal of Vikki LaMotta.

Vikki LaMotta (on her ex-husband, Jake)
"One night when I was home alone with the children, Jake walked in. He didn't say anything. Nothing seemed different from any of his other visits. Then he slugged me. And punched me again. In the past, he'd held something back when he hit me. This time, every punch was calculated to disable and cause pain, and the punches kept coming. I didn't think anyone was capable of hurting me that badly. There was nothing I could do. I was helpless and the punches kept raining down. Then fear set in. I stopped trying to protect myself. I couldn't feel the individual blows. I was paralyzed and numb. I realized that Jake might actually kill me."
(On time spent with Robert DeNiro during the formative stages of Raging Bull)
Finally, around two in the morning, Bobby asked, "Where should I sleep?"
"Where would you like to sleep?"
"Wherever you want me."
"You have a choice," I told him. "There's a bed here and a bed in the den."
"If I sleep here, where will you sleep?"
"I don't know. I guess I could sleep in the den."
There was a long pause. And I have to admit, by then I was telling myself, if he attacks me, that's cool.


The story of Vikki LaMotta's life reads like a highlight reel from a television mini-series. Born into poverty. Raped at age fourteen. Pregnant and married at sixteen. Subjected to brutal beatings by her husband world middleweight champion Jake LaMotta. Vikki left Jake, worked as a chorus girl to support three young children, was pursued by Frank Sinatra and became romantically involved with mob boss Sam Giancana.
At one on time or another, she crossed paths with the likes of Babe Ruth, Jimmy Durante, Johnny Carson, and Robert Deniro. At age 51, she posed nude for Playboy. The issue sold more copies to women than any issue of Playboy ever. Vikki' own story is now told and written with acclaimed author Thomas Hauser and reveals much new information about her amazing life.
Knockout is a straight-from-the-heart account of a life filled with sex and violence that ultimately became a survivor's journey to redemption long before the #Me Too Movement. "Not an edited life but honest facts and events." Vikki wrote to Hauser on completion of the manuscript. "After a final reading, a deep sigh with an amazing amount of relief and exhilaration. Not relief of a project completed but relief of a past saved, not lived in vain."
"Vikki LaMotta was a good person." writes Hauser. "That's as simply and honestly as I can put it. She battled her demons and won. This is her story."
This edition includes a new afterword by Hauser coincides with the 40th anniversary of the award winning movie, Raging Bull directed by Martin Scorsese. Robert DeNiro won his first Oscar as Best Actor for his role of Jake LaMotta, and Cathy Moriarty who at only 18 years old was nominated for Best Supporting Actress Oscar in her portrayal of Vikki LaMotta.

Vikki LaMotta (on her ex-husband, Jake)
"One night when I was home alone with the children, Jake walked in. He didn't say anything. Nothing seemed different from any of his other visits. Then he slugged me. And punched me again. In the past, he'd held something back when he hit me. This time, every punch was calculated to disable and cause pain, and the punches kept coming. I didn't think anyone was capable of hurting me that badly. There was nothing I could do. I was helpless and the punches kept raining down. Then fear set in. I stopped trying to protect myself. I couldn't feel the individual blows. I was paralyzed and numb. I realized that Jake might actually kill me."
(On time spent with Robert DeNiro during the formative stages of Raging Bull)
Finally, around two in the morning, Bobby asked, "Where should I sleep?"
"Where would you like to sleep?"
"Wherever you want me."
"You have a choice," I told him. "There's a bed here and a bed in the den."
"If I sleep here, where will you sleep?"
"I don't know. I guess I could sleep in the den."
There was a long pause. And I have to admit, by then I was telling myself, if he attacks me, that's cool.


The story of Vikki LaMotta's life reads like a highlight reel from a television mini-series. Born into poverty. Raped at age fourteen. Pregnant and married at sixteen. Subjected to brutal beatings by her husband world middleweight champion Jake LaMotta. Vikki left Jake, worked as a chorus girl to support three young children, was pursued by Frank Sinatra and became romantically involved with mob boss Sam Giancana.
At one on time or another, she crossed paths with the likes of Babe Ruth, Jimmy Durante, Johnny Carson, and Robert Deniro. At age 51, she posed nude for Playboy. The issue sold more copies to women than any issue of Playboy ever. Vikki' own story is now told and written with acclaimed author Thomas Hauser and reveals much new information about her amazing life.
Knockout is a straight-from-the-heart account of a life filled with sex and violence that ultimately became a survivor's journey to redemption long before the #Me Too Movement. "Not an edited life but honest facts and events." Vikki wrote to Hauser on completion of the manuscript. "After a final reading, a deep sigh with an amazing amount of relief and exhilaration. Not relief of a project completed but relief of a past saved, not lived in vain."
"Vikki LaMotta was a good person." writes Hauser. "That's as simply and honestly as I can put it. She battled her demons and won. This is her story."
This edition includes a new afterword by Hauser coincides with the 40th anniversary of the award winning movie, Raging Bull directed by Martin Scorsese. Robert DeNiro won his first Oscar as Best Actor for his role of Jake LaMotta, and Cathy Moriarty who at only 18 years old was nominated for Best Supporting Actress Oscar in her portrayal of Vikki LaMotta.

Vikki LaMotta (on her ex-husband, Jake)
"One night when I was home alone with the children, Jake walked in. He didn't say anything. Nothing seemed different from any of his other visits. Then he slugged me. And punched me again. In the past, he'd held something back when he hit me. This time, every punch was calculated to disable and cause pain, and the punches kept coming. I didn't think anyone was capable of hurting me that badly. There was nothing I could do. I was helpless and the punches kept raining down. Then fear set in. I stopped trying to protect myself. I couldn't feel the individual blows. I was paralyzed and numb. I realized that Jake might actually kill me."
(On time spent with Robert DeNiro during the formative stages of Raging Bull)
Finally, around two in the morning, Bobby asked, "Where should I sleep?"
"Where would you like to sleep?"
"Wherever you want me."
"You have a choice," I told him. "There's a bed here and a bed in the den."
"If I sleep here, where will you sleep?"
"I don't know. I guess I could sleep in the den."
There was a long pause. And I have to admit, by then I was telling myself, if he attacks me, that's cool.


The story of Vikki LaMotta's life reads like a highlight reel from a television mini-series. Born into poverty. Raped at age fourteen. Pregnant and married at sixteen. Subjected to brutal beatings by her husband world middleweight champion Jake LaMotta. Vikki left Jake, worked as a chorus girl to support three young children, was pursued by Frank Sinatra and became romantically involved with mob boss Sam Giancana.
At one on time or another, she crossed paths with the likes of Babe Ruth, Jimmy Durante, Johnny Carson, and Robert Deniro. At age 51, she posed nude for Playboy. The issue sold more copies to women than any issue of Playboy ever. Vikki' own story is now told and written with acclaimed author Thomas Hauser and reveals much new information about her amazing life.
Knockout is a straight-from-the-heart account of a life filled with sex and violence that ultimately became a survivor's journey to redemption long before the #Me Too Movement. "Not an edited life but honest facts and events." Vikki wrote to Hauser on completion of the manuscript. "After a final reading, a deep sigh with an amazing amount of relief and exhilaration. Not relief of a project completed but relief of a past saved, not lived in vain."
"Vikki LaMotta was a good person." writes Hauser. "That's as simply and honestly as I can put it. She battled her demons and won. This is her story."
This edition includes a new afterword by Hauser coincides with the 40th anniversary of the award winning movie, Raging Bull directed by Martin Scorsese. Robert DeNiro won his first Oscar as Best Actor for his role of Jake LaMotta, and Cathy Moriarty who at only 18 years old was nominated for Best Supporting Actress Oscar in her portrayal of Vikki LaMotta.

Vikki LaMotta (on her ex-husband, Jake)
"One night when I was home alone with the children, Jake walked in. He didn't say anything. Nothing seemed different from any of his other visits. Then he slugged me. And punched me again. In the past, he'd held something back when he hit me. This time, every punch was calculated to disable and cause pain, and the punches kept coming. I didn't think anyone was capable of hurting me that badly. There was nothing I could do. I was helpless and the punches kept raining down. Then fear set in. I stopped trying to protect myself. I couldn't feel the individual blows. I was paralyzed and numb. I realized that Jake might actually kill me."
(On time spent with Robert DeNiro during the formative stages of Raging Bull)
Finally, around two in the morning, Bobby asked, "Where should I sleep?"
"Where would you like to sleep?"
"Wherever you want me."
"You have a choice," I told him. "There's a bed here and a bed in the den."
"If I sleep here, where will you sleep?"
"I don't know. I guess I could sleep in the den."
There was a long pause. And I have to admit, by then I was telling myself, if he attacks me, that's cool.


The story of Vikki LaMotta's life reads like a highlight reel from a television mini-series. Born into poverty. Raped at age fourteen. Pregnant and married at sixteen. Subjected to brutal beatings by her husband world middleweight champion Jake LaMotta. Vikki left Jake, worked as a chorus girl to support three young children, was pursued by Frank Sinatra and became romantically involved with mob boss Sam Giancana.
At one on time or another, she crossed paths with the likes of Babe Ruth, Jimmy Durante, Johnny Carson, and Robert Deniro. At age 51, she posed nude for Playboy. The issue sold more copies to women than any issue of Playboy ever. Vikki' own story is now told and written with acclaimed author Thomas Hauser and reveals much new information about her amazing life.
Knockout is a straight-from-the-heart account of a life filled with sex and violence that ultimately became a survivor's journey to redemption long before the #Me Too Movement. "Not an edited life but honest facts and events." Vikki wrote to Hauser on completion of the manuscript. "After a final reading, a deep sigh with an amazing amount of relief and exhilaration. Not relief of a project completed but relief of a past saved, not lived in vain."
"Vikki LaMotta was a good person." writes Hauser. "That's as simply and honestly as I can put it. She battled her demons and won. This is her story."
This edition includes a new afterword by Hauser coincides with the 40th anniversary of the award winning movie, Raging Bull directed by Martin Scorsese. Robert DeNiro won his first Oscar as Best Actor for his role of Jake LaMotta, and Cathy Moriarty who at only 18 years old was nominated for Best Supporting Actress Oscar in her portrayal of Vikki LaMotta.

Vikki LaMotta (on her ex-husband, Jake)
"One night when I was home alone with the children, Jake walked in. He didn't say anything. Nothing seemed different from any of his other visits. Then he slugged me. And punched me again. In the past, he'd held something back when he hit me. This time, every punch was calculated to disable and cause pain, and the punches kept coming. I didn't think anyone was capable of hurting me that badly. There was nothing I could do. I was helpless and the punches kept raining down. Then fear set in. I stopped trying to protect myself. I couldn't feel the individual blows. I was paralyzed and numb. I realized that Jake might actually kill me."
(On time spent with Robert DeNiro during the formative stages of Raging Bull)
Finally, around two in the morning, Bobby asked, "Where should I sleep?"
"Where would you like to sleep?"
"Wherever you want me."
"You have a choice," I told him. "There's a bed here and a bed in the den."
"If I sleep here, where will you sleep?"
"I don't know. I guess I could sleep in the den."
There was a long pause. And I have to admit, by then I was telling myself, if he attacks me, that's cool.


The story of Vikki LaMotta's life reads like a highlight reel from a television mini-series. Born into poverty. Raped at age fourteen. Pregnant and married at sixteen. Subjected to brutal beatings by her husband world middleweight champion Jake LaMotta. Vikki left Jake, worked as a chorus girl to support three young children, was pursued by Frank Sinatra and became romantically involved with mob boss Sam Giancana.
At one on time or another, she crossed paths with the likes of Babe Ruth, Jimmy Durante, Johnny Carson, and Robert Deniro. At age 51, she posed nude for Playboy. The issue sold more copies to women than any issue of Playboy ever. Vikki' own story is now told and written with acclaimed author Thomas Hauser and reveals much new information about her amazing life.
Knockout is a straight-from-the-heart account of a life filled with sex and violence that ultimately became a survivor's journey to redemption long before the #Me Too Movement. "Not an edited life but honest facts and events." Vikki wrote to Hauser on completion of the manuscript. "After a final reading, a deep sigh with an amazing amount of relief and exhilaration. Not relief of a project completed but relief of a past saved, not lived in vain."
"Vikki LaMotta was a good person." writes Hauser. "That's as simply and honestly as I can put it. She battled her demons and won. This is her story."
This edition includes a new afterword by Hauser coincides with the 40th anniversary of the award winning movie, Raging Bull directed by Martin Scorsese. Robert DeNiro won his first Oscar as Best Actor for his role of Jake LaMotta, and Cathy Moriarty who at only 18 years old was nominated for Best Supporting Actress Oscar in her portrayal of Vikki LaMotta.

Vikki LaMotta (on her ex-husband, Jake)
"One night when I was home alone with the children, Jake walked in. He didn't say anything. Nothing seemed different from any of his other visits. Then he slugged me. And punched me again. In the past, he'd held something back when he hit me. This time, every punch was calculated to disable and cause pain, and the punches kept coming. I didn't think anyone was capable of hurting me that badly. There was nothing I could do. I was helpless and the punches kept raining down. Then fear set in. I stopped trying to protect myself. I couldn't feel the individual blows. I was paralyzed and numb. I realized that Jake might actually kill me."
(On time spent with Robert DeNiro during the formative stages of Raging Bull)
Finally, around two in the morning, Bobby asked, "Where should I sleep?"
"Where would you like to sleep?"
"Wherever you want me."
"You have a choice," I told him. "There's a bed here and a bed in the den."
"If I sleep here, where will you sleep?"
"I don't know. I guess I could sleep in the den."
There was a long pause. And I have to admit, by then I was telling myself, if he attacks me, that's cool.


The story of Vikki LaMotta's life reads like a highlight reel from a television mini-series. Born into poverty. Raped at age fourteen. Pregnant and married at sixteen. Subjected to brutal beatings by her husband world middleweight champion Jake LaMotta. Vikki left Jake, worked as a chorus girl to support three young children, was pursued by Frank Sinatra and became romantically involved with mob boss Sam Giancana.
At one on time or another, she crossed paths with the likes of Babe Ruth, Jimmy Durante, Johnny Carson, and Robert Deniro. At age 51, she posed nude for Playboy. The issue sold more copies to women than any issue of Playboy ever. Vikki' own story is now told and written with acclaimed author Thomas Hauser and reveals much new information about her amazing life.
Knockout is a straight-from-the-heart account of a life filled with sex and violence that ultimately became a survivor's journey to redemption long before the #Me Too Movement. "Not an edited life but honest facts and events." Vikki wrote to Hauser on completion of the manuscript. "After a final reading, a deep sigh with an amazing amount of relief and exhilaration. Not relief of a project completed but relief of a past saved, not lived in vain."
"Vikki LaMotta was a good person." writes Hauser. "That's as simply and honestly as I can put it. She battled her demons and won. This is her story."
This edition includes a new afterword by Hauser coincides with the 40th anniversary of the award winning movie, Raging Bull directed by Martin Scorsese. Robert DeNiro won his first Oscar as Best Actor for his role of Jake LaMotta, and Cathy Moriarty who at only 18 years old was nominated for Best Supporting Actress Oscar in her portrayal of Vikki LaMotta.

Vikki LaMotta (on her ex-husband, Jake)
"One night when I was home alone with the children, Jake walked in. He didn't say anything. Nothing seemed different from any of his other visits. Then he slugged me. And punched me again. In the past, he'd held something back when he hit me. This time, every punch was calculated to disable and cause pain, and the punches kept coming. I didn't think anyone was capable of hurting me that badly. There was nothing I could do. I was helpless and the punches kept raining down. Then fear set in. I stopped trying to protect myself. I couldn't feel the individual blows. I was paralyzed and numb. I realized that Jake might actually kill me."
(On time spent with Robert DeNiro during the formative stages of Raging Bull)
Finally, around two in the morning, Bobby asked, "Where should I sleep?"
"Where would you like to sleep?"
"Wherever you want me."
"You have a choice," I told him. "There's a bed here and a bed in the den."
"If I sleep here, where will you sleep?"
"I don't know. I guess I could sleep in the den."
There was a long pause. And I have to admit, by then I was telling myself, if he attacks me, that's cool.


The story of Vikki LaMotta's life reads like a highlight reel from a television mini-series. Born into poverty. Raped at age fourteen. Pregnant and married at sixteen. Subjected to brutal beatings by her husband world middleweight champion Jake LaMotta. Vikki left Jake, worked as a chorus girl to support three young children, was pursued by Frank Sinatra and became romantically involved with mob boss Sam Giancana.
At one on time or another, she crossed paths with the likes of Babe Ruth, Jimmy Durante, Johnny Carson, and Robert Deniro. At age 51, she posed nude for Playboy. The issue sold more copies to women than any issue of Playboy ever. Vikki' own story is now told and written with acclaimed author Thomas Hauser and reveals much new information about her amazing life.
Knockout is a straight-from-the-heart account of a life filled with sex and violence that ultimately became a survivor's journey to redemption long before the #Me Too Movement. "Not an edited life but honest facts and events." Vikki wrote to Hauser on completion of the manuscript. "After a final reading, a deep sigh with an amazing amount of relief and exhilaration. Not relief of a project completed but relief of a past saved, not lived in vain."
"Vikki LaMotta was a good person." writes Hauser. "That's as simply and honestly as I can put it. She battled her demons and won. This is her story."
This edition includes a new afterword by Hauser coincides with the 40th anniversary of the award winning movie, Raging Bull directed by Martin Scorsese. Robert DeNiro won his first Oscar as Best Actor for his role of Jake LaMotta, and Cathy Moriarty who at only 18 years old was nominated for Best Supporting Actress Oscar in her portrayal of Vikki LaMotta.

Vikki LaMotta (on her ex-husband, Jake)
"One night when I was home alone with the children, Jake walked in. He didn't say anything. Nothing seemed different from any of his other visits. Then he slugged me. And punched me again. In the past, he'd held something back when he hit me. This time, every punch was calculated to disable and cause pain, and the punches kept coming. I didn't think anyone was capable of hurting me that badly. There was nothing I could do. I was helpless and the punches kept raining down. Then fear set in. I stopped trying to protect myself. I couldn't feel the individual blows. I was paralyzed and numb. I realized that Jake might actually kill me."
(On time spent with Robert DeNiro during the formative stages of Raging Bull)
Finally, around two in the morning, Bobby asked, "Where should I sleep?"
"Where would you like to sleep?"
"Wherever you want me."
"You have a choice," I told him. "There's a bed here and a bed in the den."
"If I sleep here, where will you sleep?"
"I don't know. I guess I could sleep in the den."
There was a long pause. And I have to admit, by then I was telling myself, if he attacks me, that's cool.


The story of Vikki LaMotta's life reads like a highlight reel from a television mini-series. Born into poverty. Raped at age fourteen. Pregnant and married at sixteen. Subjected to brutal beatings by her husband world middleweight champion Jake LaMotta. Vikki left Jake, worked as a chorus girl to support three young children, was pursued by Frank Sinatra and became romantically involved with mob boss Sam Giancana.
At one on time or another, she crossed paths with the likes of Babe Ruth, Jimmy Durante, Johnny Carson, and Robert Deniro. At age 51, she posed nude for Playboy. The issue sold more copies to women than any issue of Playboy ever. Vikki' own story is now told and written with acclaimed author Thomas Hauser and reveals much new information about her amazing life.
Knockout is a straight-from-the-heart account of a life filled with sex and violence that ultimately became a survivor's journey to redemption long before the #Me Too Movement. "Not an edited life but honest facts and events." Vikki wrote to Hauser on completion of the manuscript. "After a final reading, a deep sigh with an amazing amount of relief and exhilaration. Not relief of a project completed but relief of a past saved, not lived in vain."
"Vikki LaMotta was a good person." writes Hauser. "That's as simply and honestly as I can put it. She battled her demons and won. This is her story."
This edition includes a new afterword by Hauser coincides with the 40th anniversary of the award winning movie, Raging Bull directed by Martin Scorsese. Robert DeNiro won his first Oscar as Best Actor for his role of Jake LaMotta, and Cathy Moriarty who at only 18 years old was nominated for Best Supporting Actress Oscar in her portrayal of Vikki LaMotta.

Vikki LaMotta (on her ex-husband, Jake)
"One night when I was home alone with the children, Jake walked in. He didn't say anything. Nothing seemed different from any of his other visits. Then he slugged me. And punched me again. In the past, he'd held something back when he hit me. This time, every punch was calculated to disable and cause pain, and the punches kept coming. I didn't think anyone was capable of hurting me that badly. There was nothing I could do. I was helpless and the punches kept raining down. Then fear set in. I stopped trying to protect myself. I couldn't feel the individual blows. I was paralyzed and numb. I realized that Jake might actually kill me."
(On time spent with Robert DeNiro during the formative stages of Raging Bull)
Finally, around two in the morning, Bobby asked, "Where should I sleep?"
"Where would you like to sleep?"
"Wherever you want me."
"You have a choice," I told him. "There's a bed here and a bed in the den."
"If I sleep here, where will you sleep?"
"I don't know. I guess I could sleep in the den."
There was a long pause. And I have to admit, by then I was telling myself, if he attacks me, that's cool.


The story of Vikki LaMotta's life reads like a highlight reel from a television mini-series. Born into poverty. Raped at age fourteen. Pregnant and married at sixteen. Subjected to brutal beatings by her husband world middleweight champion Jake LaMotta. Vikki left Jake, worked as a chorus girl to support three young children, was pursued by Frank Sinatra and became romantically involved with mob boss Sam Giancana.
At one on time or another, she crossed paths with the likes of Babe Ruth, Jimmy Durante, Johnny Carson, and Robert Deniro. At age 51, she posed nude for Playboy. The issue sold more copies to women than any issue of Playboy ever. Vikki' own story is now told and written with acclaimed author Thomas Hauser and reveals much new information about her amazing life.
Knockout is a straight-from-the-heart account of a life filled with sex and violence that ultimately became a survivor's journey to redemption long before the #Me Too Movement. "Not an edited life but honest facts and events." Vikki wrote to Hauser on completion of the manuscript. "After a final reading, a deep sigh with an amazing amount of relief and exhilaration. Not relief of a project completed but relief of a past saved, not lived in vain."
"Vikki LaMotta was a good person." writes Hauser. "That's as simply and honestly as I can put it. She battled her demons and won. This is her story."
This edition includes a new afterword by Hauser coincides with the 40th anniversary of the award winning movie, Raging Bull directed by Martin Scorsese. Robert DeNiro won his first Oscar as Best Actor for his role of Jake LaMotta, and Cathy Moriarty who at only 18 years old was nominated for Best Supporting Actress Oscar in her portrayal of Vikki LaMotta.

Vikki LaMotta (on her ex-husband, Jake)
"One night when I was home alone with the children, Jake walked in. He didn't say anything. Nothing seemed different from any of his other visits. Then he slugged me. And punched me again. In the past, he'd held something back when he hit me. This time, every punch was calculated to disable and cause pain, and the punches kept coming. I didn't think anyone was capable of hurting me that badly. There was nothing I could do. I was helpless and the punches kept raining down. Then fear set in. I stopped trying to protect myself. I couldn't feel the individual blows. I was paralyzed and numb. I realized that Jake might actually kill me."
(On time spent with Robert DeNiro during the formative stages of Raging Bull)
Finally, around two in the morning, Bobby asked, "Where should I sleep?"
"Where would you like to sleep?"
"Wherever you want me."
"You have a choice," I told him. "There's a bed here and a bed in the den."
"If I sleep here, where will you sleep?"
"I don't know. I guess I could sleep in the den."
There was a long pause. And I have to admit, by then I was telling myself, if he attacks me, that's cool.


The story of Vikki LaMotta's life reads like a highlight reel from a television mini-series. Born into poverty. Raped at age fourteen. Pregnant and married at sixteen. Subjected to brutal beatings by her husband world middleweight champion Jake LaMotta. Vikki left Jake, worked as a chorus girl to support three young children, was pursued by Frank Sinatra and became romantically involved with mob boss Sam Giancana.
At one on time or another, she crossed paths with the likes of Babe Ruth, Jimmy Durante, Johnny Carson, and Robert Deniro. At age 51, she posed nude for Playboy. The issue sold more copies to women than any issue of Playboy ever. Vikki' own story is now told and written with acclaimed author Thomas Hauser and reveals much new information about her amazing life.
Knockout is a straight-from-the-heart account of a life filled with sex and violence that ultimately became a survivor's journey to redemption long before the #Me Too Movement. "Not an edited life but honest facts and events." Vikki wrote to Hauser on completion of the manuscript. "After a final reading, a deep sigh with an amazing amount of relief and exhilaration. Not relief of a project completed but relief of a past saved, not lived in vain."
"Vikki LaMotta was a good person." writes Hauser. "That's as simply and honestly as I can put it. She battled her demons and won. This is her story."
This edition includes a new afterword by Hauser coincides with the 40th anniversary of the award winning movie, Raging Bull directed by Martin Scorsese. Robert DeNiro won his first Oscar as Best Actor for his role of Jake LaMotta, and Cathy Moriarty who at only 18 years old was nominated for Best Supporting Actress Oscar in her portrayal of Vikki LaMotta.

Vikki LaMotta (on her ex-husband, Jake)
"One night when I was home alone with the children, Jake walked in. He didn't say anything. Nothing seemed different from any of his other visits. Then he slugged me. And punched me again. In the past, he'd held something back when he hit me. This time, every punch was calculated to disable and cause pain, and the punches kept coming. I didn't think anyone was capable of hurting me that badly. There was nothing I could do. I was helpless and the punches kept raining down. Then fear set in. I stopped trying to protect myself. I couldn't feel the individual blows. I was paralyzed and numb. I realized that Jake might actually kill me."
(On time spent with Robert DeNiro during the formative stages of Raging Bull)
Finally, around two in the morning, Bobby asked, "Where should I sleep?"
"Where would you like to sleep?"
"Wherever you want me."
"You have a choice," I told him. "There's a bed here and a bed in the den."
"If I sleep here, where will you sleep?"
"I don't know. I guess I could sleep in the den."
There was a long pause. And I have to admit, by then I was telling myself, if he attacks me, that's cool.


The story of Vikki LaMotta's life reads like a highlight reel from a television mini-series. Born into poverty. Raped at age fourteen. Pregnant and married at sixteen. Subjected to brutal beatings by her husband world middleweight champion Jake LaMotta. Vikki left Jake, worked as a chorus girl to support three young children, was pursued by Frank Sinatra and became romantically involved with mob boss Sam Giancana.
At one on time or another, she crossed paths with the likes of Babe Ruth, Jimmy Durante, Johnny Carson, and Robert Deniro. At age 51, she posed nude for Playboy. The issue sold more copies to women than any issue of Playboy ever. Vikki' own story is now told and written with acclaimed author Thomas Hauser and reveals much new information about her amazing life.
Knockout is a straight-from-the-heart account of a life filled with sex and violence that ultimately became a survivor's journey to redemption long before the #Me Too Movement. "Not an edited life but honest facts and events." Vikki wrote to Hauser on completion of the manuscript. "After a final reading, a deep sigh with an amazing amount of relief and exhilaration. Not relief of a project completed but relief of a past saved, not lived in vain."
"Vikki LaMotta was a good person." writes Hauser. "That's as simply and honestly as I can put it. She battled her demons and won. This is her story."
This edition includes a new afterword by Hauser coincides with the 40th anniversary of the award winning movie, Raging Bull directed by Martin Scorsese. Robert DeNiro won his first Oscar as Best Actor for his role of Jake LaMotta, and Cathy Moriarty who at only 18 years old was nominated for Best Supporting Actress Oscar in her portrayal of Vikki LaMotta.

Vikki LaMotta (on her ex-husband, Jake)
"One night when I was home alone with the children, Jake walked in. He didn't say anything. Nothing seemed different from any of his other visits. Then he slugged me. And punched me again. In the past, he'd held something back when he hit me. This time, every punch was calculated to disable and cause pain, and the punches kept coming. I didn't think anyone was capable of hurting me that badly. There was nothing I could do. I was helpless and the punches kept raining down. Then fear set in. I stopped trying to protect myself. I couldn't feel the individual blows. I was paralyzed and numb. I realized that Jake might actually kill me."
(On time spent with Robert DeNiro during the formative stages of Raging Bull)
Finally, around two in the morning, Bobby asked, "Where should I sleep?"
"Where would you like to sleep?"
"Wherever you want me."
"You have a choice," I told him. "There's a bed here and a bed in the den."
"If I sleep here, where will you sleep?"
"I don't know. I guess I could sleep in the den."
There was a long pause. And I have to admit, by then I was telling myself, if he attacks me, that's cool.


The story of Vikki LaMotta's life reads like a highlight reel from a television mini-series. Born into poverty. Raped at age fourteen. Pregnant and married at sixteen. Subjected to brutal beatings by her husband world middleweight champion Jake LaMotta. Vikki left Jake, worked as a chorus girl to support three young children, was pursued by Frank Sinatra and became romantically involved with mob boss Sam Giancana.
At one on time or another, she crossed paths with the likes of Babe Ruth, Jimmy Durante, Johnny Carson, and Robert Deniro. At age 51, she posed nude for Playboy. The issue sold more copies to women than any issue of Playboy ever. Vikki' own story is now told and written with acclaimed author Thomas Hauser and reveals much new information about her amazing life.
Knockout is a straight-from-the-heart account of a life filled with sex and violence that ultimately became a survivor's journey to redemption long before the #Me Too Movement. "Not an edited life but honest facts and events." Vikki wrote to Hauser on completion of the manuscript. "After a final reading, a deep sigh with an amazing amount of relief and exhilaration. Not relief of a project completed but relief of a past saved, not lived in vain."
"Vikki LaMotta was a good person." writes Hauser. "That's as simply and honestly as I can put it. She battled her demons and won. This is her story."
This edition includes a new afterword by Hauser coincides with the 40th anniversary of the award winning movie, Raging Bull directed by Martin Scorsese. Robert DeNiro won his first Oscar as Best Actor for his role of Jake LaMotta, and Cathy Moriarty who at only 18 years old was nominated for Best Supporting Actress Oscar in her portrayal of Vikki LaMotta.

Vikki LaMotta (on her ex-husband, Jake)
"One night when I was home alone with the children, Jake walked in. He didn't say anything. Nothing seemed different from any of his other visits. Then he slugged me. And punched me again. In the past, he'd held something back when he hit me. This time, every punch was calculated to disable and cause pain, and the punches kept coming. I didn't think anyone was capable of hurting me that badly. There was nothing I could do. I was helpless and the punches kept raining down. Then fear set in. I stopped trying to protect myself. I couldn't feel the individual blows. I was paralyzed and numb. I realized that Jake might actually kill me."
(On time spent with Robert DeNiro during the formative stages of Raging Bull)
Finally, around two in the morning, Bobby asked, "Where should I sleep?"
"Where would you like to sleep?"
"Wherever you want me."
"You have a choice," I told him. "There's a bed here and a bed in the den."
"If I sleep here, where will you sleep?"
"I don't know. I guess I could sleep in the den."
There was a long pause. And I have to admit, by then I was telling myself, if he attacks me, that's cool.


The story of Vikki LaMotta's life reads like a highlight reel from a television mini-series. Born into poverty. Raped at age fourteen. Pregnant and married at sixteen. Subjected to brutal beatings by her husband world middleweight champion Jake LaMotta. Vikki left Jake, worked as a chorus girl to support three young children, was pursued by Frank Sinatra and became romantically involved with mob boss Sam Giancana.
At one on time or another, she crossed paths with the likes of Babe Ruth, Jimmy Durante, Johnny Carson, and Robert Deniro. At age 51, she posed nude for Playboy. The issue sold more copies to women than any issue of Playboy ever. Vikki' own story is now told and written with acclaimed author Thomas Hauser and reveals much new information about her amazing life.
Knockout is a straight-from-the-heart account of a life filled with sex and violence that ultimately became a survivor's journey to redemption long before the #Me Too Movement. "Not an edited life but honest facts and events." Vikki wrote to Hauser on completion of the manuscript. "After a final reading, a deep sigh with an amazing amount of relief and exhilaration. Not relief of a project completed but relief of a past saved, not lived in vain."
"Vikki LaMotta was a good person." writes Hauser. "That's as simply and honestly as I can put it. She battled her demons and won. This is her story."
This edition includes a new afterword by Hauser coincides with the 40th anniversary of the award winning movie, Raging Bull directed by Martin Scorsese. Robert DeNiro won his first Oscar as Best Actor for his role of Jake LaMotta, and Cathy Moriarty who at only 18 years old was nominated for Best Supporting Actress Oscar in her portrayal of Vikki LaMotta.

Vikki LaMotta (on her ex-husband, Jake)
"One night when I was home alone with the children, Jake walked in. He didn't say anything. Nothing seemed different from any of his other visits. Then he slugged me. And punched me again. In the past, he'd held something back when he hit me. This time, every punch was calculated to disable and cause pain, and the punches kept coming. I didn't think anyone was capable of hurting me that badly. There was nothing I could do. I was helpless and the punches kept raining down. Then fear set in. I stopped trying to protect myself. I couldn't feel the individual blows. I was paralyzed and numb. I realized that Jake might actually kill me."
(On time spent with Robert DeNiro during the formative stages of Raging Bull)
Finally, around two in the morning, Bobby asked, "Where should I sleep?"
"Where would you like to sleep?"
"Wherever you want me."
"You have a choice," I told him. "There's a bed here and a bed in the den."
"If I sleep here, where will you sleep?"
"I don't know. I guess I could sleep in the den."
There was a long pause. And I have to admit, by then I was telling myself, if he attacks me, that's cool.


The story of Vikki LaMotta's life reads like a highlight reel from a television mini-series. Born into poverty. Raped at age fourteen. Pregnant and married at sixteen. Subjected to brutal beatings by her husband world middleweight champion Jake LaMotta. Vikki left Jake, worked as a chorus girl to support three young children, was pursued by Frank Sinatra and became romantically involved with mob boss Sam Giancana.
At one on time or another, she crossed paths with the likes of Babe Ruth, Jimmy Durante, Johnny Carson, and Robert Deniro. At age 51, she posed nude for Playboy. The issue sold more copies to women than any issue of Playboy ever. Vikki' own story is now told and written with acclaimed author Thomas Hauser and reveals much new information about her amazing life.
Knockout is a straight-from-the-heart account of a life filled with sex and violence that ultimately became a survivor's journey to redemption long before the #Me Too Movement. "Not an edited life but honest facts and events." Vikki wrote to Hauser on completion of the manuscript. "After a final reading, a deep sigh with an amazing amount of relief and exhilaration. Not relief of a project completed but relief of a past saved, not lived in vain."
"Vikki LaMotta was a good person." writes Hauser. "That's as simply and honestly as I can put it. She battled her demons and won. This is her story."
This edition includes a new afterword by Hauser coincides with the 40th anniversary of the award winning movie, Raging Bull directed by Martin Scorsese. Robert DeNiro won his first Oscar as Best Actor for his role of Jake LaMotta, and Cathy Moriarty who at only 18 years old was nominated for Best Supporting Actress Oscar in her portrayal of Vikki LaMotta.

Vikki LaMotta (on her ex-husband, Jake)
"One night when I was home alone with the children, Jake walked in. He didn't say anything. Nothing seemed different from any of his other visits. Then he slugged me. And punched me again. In the past, he'd held something back when he hit me. This time, every punch was calculated to disable and cause pain, and the punches kept coming. I didn't think anyone was capable of hurting me that badly. There was nothing I could do. I was helpless and the punches kept raining down. Then fear set in. I stopped trying to protect myself. I couldn't feel the individual blows. I was paralyzed and numb. I realized that Jake might actually kill me."
(On time spent with Robert DeNiro during the formative stages of Raging Bull)
Finally, around two in the morning, Bobby asked, "Where should I sleep?"
"Where would you like to sleep?"
"Wherever you want me."
"You have a choice," I told him. "There's a bed here and a bed in the den."
"If I sleep here, where will you sleep?"
"I don't know. I guess I could sleep in the den."
There was a long pause. And I have to admit, by then I was telling myself, if he attacks me, that's cool.


The story of Vikki LaMotta's life reads like a highlight reel from a television mini-series. Born into poverty. Raped at age fourteen. Pregnant and married at sixteen. Subjected to brutal beatings by her husband world middleweight champion Jake LaMotta. Vikki left Jake, worked as a chorus girl to support three young children, was pursued by Frank Sinatra and became romantically involved with mob boss Sam Giancana.
At one on time or another, she crossed paths with the likes of Babe Ruth, Jimmy Durante, Johnny Carson, and Robert Deniro. At age 51, she posed nude for Playboy. The issue sold more copies to women than any issue of Playboy ever. Vikki' own story is now told and written with acclaimed author Thomas Hauser and reveals much new information about her amazing life.
Knockout is a straight-from-the-heart account of a life filled with sex and violence that ultimately became a survivor's journey to redemption long before the #Me Too Movement. "Not an edited life but honest facts and events." Vikki wrote to Hauser on completion of the manuscript. "After a final reading, a deep sigh with an amazing amount of relief and exhilaration. Not relief of a project completed but relief of a past saved, not lived in vain."
"Vikki LaMotta was a good person." writes Hauser. "That's as simply and honestly as I can put it. She battled her demons and won. This is her story."
This edition includes a new afterword by Hauser coincides with the 40th anniversary of the award winning movie, Raging Bull directed by Martin Scorsese. Robert DeNiro won his first Oscar as Best Actor for his role of Jake LaMotta, and Cathy Moriarty who at only 18 years old was nominated for Best Supporting Actress Oscar in her portrayal of Vikki LaMotta.

Vikki LaMotta (on her ex-husband, Jake)
"One night when I was home alone with the children, Jake walked in. He didn't say anything. Nothing seemed different from any of his other visits. Then he slugged me. And punched me again. In the past, he'd held something back when he hit me. This time, every punch was calculated to disable and cause pain, and the punches kept coming. I didn't think anyone was capable of hurting me that badly. There was nothing I could do. I was helpless and the punches kept raining down. Then fear set in. I stopped trying to protect myself. I couldn't feel the individual blows. I was paralyzed and numb. I realized that Jake might actually kill me."
(On time spent with Robert DeNiro during the formative stages of Raging Bull)
Finally, around two in the morning, Bobby asked, "Where should I sleep?"
"Where would you like to sleep?"
"Wherever you want me."
"You have a choice," I told him. "There's a bed here and a bed in the den."
"If I sleep here, where will you sleep?"
"I don't know. I guess I could sleep in the den."
There was a long pause. And I have to admit, by then I was telling myself, if he attacks me, that's cool.


The story of Vikki LaMotta's life reads like a highlight reel from a television mini-series. Born into poverty. Raped at age fourteen. Pregnant and married at sixteen. Subjected to brutal beatings by her husband world middleweight champion Jake LaMotta. Vikki left Jake, worked as a chorus girl to support three young children, was pursued by Frank Sinatra and became romantically involved with mob boss Sam Giancana.
At one on time or another, she crossed paths with the likes of Babe Ruth, Jimmy Durante, Johnny Carson, and Robert Deniro. At age 51, she posed nude for Playboy. The issue sold more copies to women than any issue of Playboy ever. Vikki' own story is now told and written with acclaimed author Thomas Hauser and reveals much new information about her amazing life.
Knockout is a straight-from-the-heart account of a life filled with sex and violence that ultimately became a survivor's journey to redemption long before the #Me Too Movement. "Not an edited life but honest facts and events." Vikki wrote to Hauser on completion of the manuscript. "After a final reading, a deep sigh with an amazing amount of relief and exhilaration. Not relief of a project completed but relief of a past saved, not lived in vain."
"Vikki LaMotta was a good person." writes Hauser. "That's as simply and honestly as I can put it. She battled her demons and won. This is her story."
This edition includes a new afterword by Hauser coincides with the 40th anniversary of the award winning movie, Raging Bull directed by Martin Scorsese. Robert DeNiro won his first Oscar as Best Actor for his role of Jake LaMotta, and Cathy Moriarty who at only 18 years old was nominated for Best Supporting Actress Oscar in her portrayal of Vikki LaMotta.

Vikki LaMotta (on her ex-husband, Jake)
"One night when I was home alone with the children, Jake walked in. He didn't say anything. Nothing seemed different from any of his other visits. Then he slugged me. And punched me again. In the past, he'd held something back when he hit me. This time, every punch was calculated to disable and cause pain, and the punches kept coming. I didn't think anyone was capable of hurting me that badly. There was nothing I could do. I was helpless and the punches kept raining down. Then fear set in. I stopped trying to protect myself. I couldn't feel the individual blows. I was paralyzed and numb. I realized that Jake might actually kill me."
(On time spent with Robert DeNiro during the formative stages of Raging Bull)
Finally, around two in the morning, Bobby asked, "Where should I sleep?"
"Where would you like to sleep?"
"Wherever you want me."
"You have a choice," I told him. "There's a bed here and a bed in the den."
"If I sleep here, where will you sleep?"
"I don't know. I guess I could sleep in the den."
There was a long pause. And I have to admit, by then I was telling myself, if he attacks me, that's cool.


The story of Vikki LaMotta's life reads like a highlight reel from a television mini-series. Born into poverty. Raped at age fourteen. Pregnant and married at sixteen. Subjected to brutal beatings by her husband world middleweight champion Jake LaMotta. Vikki left Jake, worked as a chorus girl to support three young children, was pursued by Frank Sinatra and became romantically involved with mob boss Sam Giancana.
At one on time or another, she crossed paths with the likes of Babe Ruth, Jimmy Durante, Johnny Carson, and Robert Deniro. At age 51, she posed nude for Playboy. The issue sold more copies to women than any issue of Playboy ever. Vikki' own story is now told and written with acclaimed author Thomas Hauser and reveals much new information about her amazing life.
Knockout is a straight-from-the-heart account of a life filled with sex and violence that ultimately became a survivor's journey to redemption long before the #Me Too Movement. "Not an edited life but honest facts and events." Vikki wrote to Hauser on completion of the manuscript. "After a final reading, a deep sigh with an amazing amount of relief and exhilaration. Not relief of a project completed but relief of a past saved, not lived in vain."
"Vikki LaMotta was a good person." writes Hauser. "That's as simply and honestly as I can put it. She battled her demons and won. This is her story."
This edition includes a new afterword by Hauser coincides with the 40th anniversary of the award winning movie, Raging Bull directed by Martin Scorsese. Robert DeNiro won his first Oscar as Best Actor for his role of Jake LaMotta, and Cathy Moriarty who at only 18 years old was nominated for Best Supporting Actress Oscar in her portrayal of Vikki LaMotta.

Vikki LaMotta (on her ex-husband, Jake)
"One night when I was home alone with the children, Jake walked in. He didn't say anything. Nothing seemed different from any of his other visits. Then he slugged me. And punched me again. In the past, he'd held something back when he hit me. This time, every punch was calculated to disable and cause pain, and the punches kept coming. I didn't think anyone was capable of hurting me that badly. There was nothing I could do. I was helpless and the punches kept raining down. Then fear set in. I stopped trying to protect myself. I couldn't feel the individual blows. I was paralyzed and numb. I realized that Jake might actually kill me."
(On time spent with Robert DeNiro during the formative stages of Raging Bull)
Finally, around two in the morning, Bobby asked, "Where should I sleep?"
"Where would you like to sleep?"
"Wherever you want me."
"You have a choice," I told him. "There's a bed here and a bed in the den."
"If I sleep here, where will you sleep?"
"I don't know. I guess I could sleep in the den."
There was a long pause. And I have to admit, by then I was telling myself, if he attacks me, that's cool.


The story of Vikki LaMotta's life reads like a highlight reel from a television mini-series. Born into poverty. Raped at age fourteen. Pregnant and married at sixteen. Subjected to brutal beatings by her husband world middleweight champion Jake LaMotta. Vikki left Jake, worked as a chorus girl to support three young children, was pursued by Frank Sinatra and became romantically involved with mob boss Sam Giancana.
At one on time or another, she crossed paths with the likes of Babe Ruth, Jimmy Durante, Johnny Carson, and Robert Deniro. At age 51, she posed nude for Playboy. The issue sold more copies to women than any issue of Playboy ever. Vikki' own story is now told and written with acclaimed author Thomas Hauser and reveals much new information about her amazing life.
Knockout is a straight-from-the-heart account of a life filled with sex and violence that ultimately became a survivor's journey to redemption long before the #Me Too Movement. "Not an edited life but honest facts and events." Vikki wrote to Hauser on completion of the manuscript. "After a final reading, a deep sigh with an amazing amount of relief and exhilaration. Not relief of a project completed but relief of a past saved, not lived in vain."
"Vikki LaMotta was a good person." writes Hauser. "That's as simply and honestly as I can put it. She battled her demons and won. This is her story."
This edition includes a new afterword by Hauser coincides with the 40th anniversary of the award winning movie, Raging Bull directed by Martin Scorsese. Robert DeNiro won his first Oscar as Best Actor for his role of Jake LaMotta, and Cathy Moriarty who at only 18 years old was nominated for Best Supporting Actress Oscar in her portrayal of Vikki LaMotta.

Vikki LaMotta (on her ex-husband, Jake)
"One night when I was home alone with the children, Jake walked in. He didn't say anything. Nothing seemed different from any of his other visits. Then he slugged me. And punched me again. In the past, he'd held something back when he hit me. This time, every punch was calculated to disable and cause pain, and the punches kept coming. I didn't think anyone was capable of hurting me that badly. There was nothing I could do. I was helpless and the punches kept raining down. Then fear set in. I stopped trying to protect myself. I couldn't feel the individual blows. I was paralyzed and numb. I realized that Jake might actually kill me."
(On time spent with Robert DeNiro during the formative stages of Raging Bull)
Finally, around two in the morning, Bobby asked, "Where should I sleep?"
"Where would you like to sleep?"
"Wherever you want me."
"You have a choice," I told him. "There's a bed here and a bed in the den."
"If I sleep here, where will you sleep?"
"I don't know. I guess I could sleep in the den."
There was a long pause. And I have to admit, by then I was telling myself, if he attacks me, that's cool.


The story of Vikki LaMotta's life reads like a highlight reel from a television mini-series. Born into poverty. Raped at age fourteen. Pregnant and married at sixteen. Subjected to brutal beatings by her husband world middleweight champion Jake LaMotta. Vikki left Jake, worked as a chorus girl to support three young children, was pursued by Frank Sinatra and became romantically involved with mob boss Sam Giancana.
At one on time or another, she crossed paths with the likes of Babe Ruth, Jimmy Durante, Johnny Carson, and Robert Deniro. At age 51, she posed nude for Playboy. The issue sold more copies to women than any issue of Playboy ever. Vikki' own story is now told and written with acclaimed author Thomas Hauser and reveals much new information about her amazing life.
Knockout is a straight-from-the-heart account of a life filled with sex and violence that ultimately became a survivor's journey to redemption long before the #Me Too Movement. "Not an edited life but honest facts and events." Vikki wrote to Hauser on completion of the manuscript. "After a final reading, a deep sigh with an amazing amount of relief and exhilaration. Not relief of a project completed but relief of a past saved, not lived in vain."
"Vikki LaMotta was a good person." writes Hauser. "That's as simply and honestly as I can put it. She battled her demons and won. This is her story."
This edition includes a new afterword by Hauser coincides with the 40th anniversary of the award winning movie, Raging Bull directed by Martin Scorsese. Robert DeNiro won his first Oscar as Best Actor for his role of Jake LaMotta, and Cathy Moriarty who at only 18 years old was nominated for Best Supporting Actress Oscar in her portrayal of Vikki LaMotta.

Vikki LaMotta (on her ex-husband, Jake)
"One night when I was home alone with the children, Jake walked in. He didn't say anything. Nothing seemed different from any of his other visits. Then he slugged me. And punched me again. In the past, he'd held something back when he hit me. This time, every punch was calculated to disable and cause pain, and the punches kept coming. I didn't think anyone was capable of hurting me that badly. There was nothing I could do. I was helpless and the punches kept raining down. Then fear set in. I stopped trying to protect myself. I couldn't feel the individual blows. I was paralyzed and numb. I realized that Jake might actually kill me."
(On time spent with Robert DeNiro during the formative stages of Raging Bull)
Finally, around two in the morning, Bobby asked, "Where should I sleep?"
"Where would you like to sleep?"
"Wherever you want me."
"You have a choice," I told him. "There's a bed here and a bed in the den."
"If I sleep here, where will you sleep?"
"I don't know. I guess I could sleep in the den."
There was a long pause. And I have to admit, by then I was telling myself, if he attacks me, that's cool.


The story of Vikki LaMotta's life reads like a highlight reel from a television mini-series. Born into poverty. Raped at age fourteen. Pregnant and married at sixteen. Subjected to brutal beatings by her husband world middleweight champion Jake LaMotta. Vikki left Jake, worked as a chorus girl to support three young children, was pursued by Frank Sinatra and became romantically involved with mob boss Sam Giancana.
At one on time or another, she crossed paths with the likes of Babe Ruth, Jimmy Durante, Johnny Carson, and Robert Deniro. At age 51, she posed nude for Playboy. The issue sold more copies to women than any issue of Playboy ever. Vikki' own story is now told and written with acclaimed author Thomas Hauser and reveals much new information about her amazing life.
Knockout is a straight-from-the-heart account of a life filled with sex and violence that ultimately became a survivor's journey to redemption long before the #Me Too Movement. "Not an edited life but honest facts and events." Vikki wrote to Hauser on completion of the manuscript. "After a final reading, a deep sigh with an amazing amount of relief and exhilaration. Not relief of a project completed but relief of a past saved, not lived in vain."
"Vikki LaMotta was a good person." writes Hauser. "That's as simply and honestly as I can put it. She battled her demons and won. This is her story."
This edition includes a new afterword by Hauser coincides with the 40th anniversary of the award winning movie, Raging Bull directed by Martin Scorsese. Robert DeNiro won his first Oscar as Best Actor for his role of Jake LaMotta, and Cathy Moriarty who at only 18 years old was nominated for Best Supporting Actress Oscar in her portrayal of Vikki LaMotta.

Vikki LaMotta (on her ex-husband, Jake)
"One night when I was home alone with the children, Jake walked in. He didn't say anything. Nothing seemed different from any of his other visits. Then he slugged me. And punched me again. In the past, he'd held something back when he hit me. This time, every punch was calculated to disable and cause pain, and the punches kept coming. I didn't think anyone was capable of hurting me that badly. There was nothing I could do. I was helpless and the punches kept raining down. Then fear set in. I stopped trying to protect myself. I couldn't feel the individual blows. I was paralyzed and numb. I realized that Jake might actually kill me."
(On time spent with Robert DeNiro during the formative stages of Raging Bull)
Finally, around two in the morning, Bobby asked, "Where should I sleep?"
"Where would you like to sleep?"
"Wherever you want me."
"You have a choice," I told him. "There's a bed here and a bed in the den."
"If I sleep here, where will you sleep?"
"I don't know. I guess I could sleep in the den."
There was a long pause. And I have to admit, by then I was telling myself, if he attacks me, that's cool.


The story of Vikki LaMotta's life reads like a highlight reel from a television mini-series. Born into poverty. Raped at age fourteen. Pregnant and married at sixteen. Subjected to brutal beatings by her husband world middleweight champion Jake LaMotta. Vikki left Jake, worked as a chorus girl to support three young children, was pursued by Frank Sinatra and became romantically involved with mob boss Sam Giancana.
At one on time or another, she crossed paths with the likes of Babe Ruth, Jimmy Durante, Johnny Carson, and Robert Deniro. At age 51, she posed nude for Playboy. The issue sold more copies to women than any issue of Playboy ever. Vikki' own story is now told and written with acclaimed author Thomas Hauser and reveals much new information about her amazing life.
Knockout is a straight-from-the-heart account of a life filled with sex and violence that ultimately became a survivor's journey to redemption long before the #Me Too Movement. "Not an edited life but honest facts and events." Vikki wrote to Hauser on completion of the manuscript. "After a final reading, a deep sigh with an amazing amount of relief and exhilaration. Not relief of a project completed but relief of a past saved, not lived in vain."
"Vikki LaMotta was a good person." writes Hauser. "That's as simply and honestly as I can put it. She battled her demons and won. This is her story."
This edition includes a new afterword by Hauser coincides with the 40th anniversary of the award winning movie, Raging Bull directed by Martin Scorsese. Robert DeNiro won his first Oscar as Best Actor for his role of Jake LaMotta, and Cathy Moriarty who at only 18 years old was nominated for Best Supporting Actress Oscar in her portrayal of Vikki LaMotta.

Vikki LaMotta (on her ex-husband, Jake)
"One night when I was home alone with the children, Jake walked in. He didn't say anything. Nothing seemed different from any of his other visits. Then he slugged me. And punched me again. In the past, he'd held something back when he hit me. This time, every punch was calculated to disable and cause pain, and the punches kept coming. I didn't think anyone was capable of hurting me that badly. There was nothing I could do. I was helpless and the punches kept raining down. Then fear set in. I stopped trying to protect myself. I couldn't feel the individual blows. I was paralyzed and numb. I realized that Jake might actually kill me."
(On time spent with Robert DeNiro during the formative stages of Raging Bull)
Finally, around two in the morning, Bobby asked, "Where should I sleep?"
"Where would you like to sleep?"
"Wherever you want me."
"You have a choice," I told him. "There's a bed here and a bed in the den."
"If I sleep here, where will you sleep?"
"I don't know. I guess I could sleep in the den."
There was a long pause. And I have to admit, by then I was telling myself, if he attacks me, that's cool.

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The story of Vikki LaMotta's life reads like a highlight reel from a television mini-series. Born into poverty. Raped at age fourteen. Pregnant and married at sixteen. Subjected to brutal beatings by her husband world middleweight champion Jake LaMotta. Vikki left Jake, worked as a chorus girl to support three young children, was pursued by Frank Sinatra and became romantically involved with mob boss Sam Giancana.

At one on time or another, she crossed paths with the likes of Babe Ruth, Jimmy Durante, Johnny Carson, and Robert DeNiro. At age 51, she posed nude for Playboy. The issue sold more copies to women than any issue of Playboy ever. Vikki's own story is now told and written with acclaimed author Thomas Hauser, and reveals much new information about her amazing life.

Knockout is a straight-from-the-heart account of a life filled with sex and violence that ultimately became a survivor's journey to redemption long before the #MeToo Movement. "Not an edited life but honest facts and events." Vikki wrote to Hauser on completion of the manuscript. "After a final reading, a deep sigh with an amazing amount of relief and exhilaration. Not relief of a project completed but relief of a past saved, not lived in vain."

"Vikki LaMotta was a good person." writes Hauser. "That's as simply and honestly as I can put it. She battled her demons and won. This is her story."

This newly reissued edition includes an afterword by Hauser and coincides with the 40th anniversary of the award-winning movie Raging Bull, directed by Martin Scorsese. Robert DeNiro won his first Oscar as Best Actor for his role of Jake LaMotta, and Cathy Moriarty, then only 18 years old, was nominated for Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her portrayal of Vikki LaMotta.

Author Information

Vikki LaMotta was born in the Bronx on January 23, 1930 and was married to the middle weight champion Jake LaMotta for eleven years. Jake and Vikki had a daughter Christi and two sons - Jake Jr. and Joe - both of whom died in 1998. Jake Jr. died of liver cancer and Joe in an airplane crash. In 1962, she married Tony Foster; they had a son, Harrison, and later divorced.

Vikki was a chorus girl, model and promoted the Vikki LaMotta Cosmetics line. She wrote this autobiography in the 1990s but did not want it released until after her death due to the information revealed in the book.

Vikki lived a full life and died in 2005 in Boca Raton, Florida, two days after her 75th birthday.

Thomas Hauser is an attorney and well-known author based in New York city with over 50 published fiction and nonfiction books. His ability to explain and bring to life events of complexity and importance has secured his reputation as a responsible and reliable social critic. His first published book, The Execution of Charles Horman: An American Sacrifice, was adapted as Costa-Gavras's highly regarded film Missing, starring Jack Lemmon and Sissy Spacek. Most recently, he and author Dr. Robert Peter Gale re-released a bestselling classic book Chernobyl: The Final Warning. For many years he has written extensively about boxing - he was recently selected for boxing's highest honor, induction into the International Boxing Hall Fame.


The story of Vikki LaMotta's life reads like a highlight reel from a television mini-series. Born into poverty. Raped at age fourteen. Pregnant and married at sixteen. Subjected to brutal beatings by her husband world middleweight champion Jake LaMotta. Vikki left Jake, worked as a chorus girl to support three young children, was pursued by Frank Sinatra and became romantically involved with mob boss Sam Giancana.
At one on time or another, she crossed paths with the likes of Babe Ruth, Jimmy Durante, Johnny Carson, and Robert Deniro. At age 51, she posed nude for Playboy. The issue sold more copies to women than any issue of Playboy ever. Vikki' own story is now told and written with acclaimed author Thomas Hauser and reveals much new information about her amazing life.
Knockout is a straight-from-the-heart account of a life filled with sex and violence that ultimately became a survivor's journey to redemption long before the #Me Too Movement. "Not an edited life but honest facts and events." Vikki wrote to Hauser on completion of the manuscript. "After a final reading, a deep sigh with an amazing amount of relief and exhilaration. Not relief of a project completed but relief of a past saved, not lived in vain."
"Vikki LaMotta was a good person." writes Hauser. "That's as simply and honestly as I can put it. She battled her demons and won. This is her story."
This edition includes a new afterword by Hauser coincides with the 40th anniversary of the award winning movie, Raging Bull directed by Martin Scorsese. Robert DeNiro won his first Oscar as Best Actor for his role of Jake LaMotta, and Cathy Moriarty who at only 18 years old was nominated for Best Supporting Actress Oscar in her portrayal of Vikki LaMotta.

Vikki LaMotta (on her ex-husband, Jake)
"One night when I was home alone with the children, Jake walked in. He didn't say anything. Nothing seemed different from any of his other visits. Then he slugged me. And punched me again. In the past, he'd held something back when he hit me. This time, every punch was calculated to disable and cause pain, and the punches kept coming. I didn't think anyone was capable of hurting me that badly. There was nothing I could do. I was helpless and the punches kept raining down. Then fear set in. I stopped trying to protect myself. I couldn't feel the individual blows. I was paralyzed and numb. I realized that Jake might actually kill me."
(On time spent with Robert DeNiro during the formative stages of Raging Bull)
Finally, around two in the morning, Bobby asked, "Where should I sleep?"
"Where would you like to sleep?"
"Wherever you want me."
"You have a choice," I told him. "There's a bed here and a bed in the den."
"If I sleep here, where will you sleep?"
"I don't know. I guess I could sleep in the den."
There was a long pause. And I have to admit, by then I was telling myself, if he attacks me, that's cool.


The story of Vikki LaMotta's life reads like a highlight reel from a television mini-series. Born into poverty. Raped at age fourteen. Pregnant and married at sixteen. Subjected to brutal beatings by her husband world middleweight champion Jake LaMotta. Vikki left Jake, worked as a chorus girl to support three young children, was pursued by Frank Sinatra and became romantically involved with mob boss Sam Giancana.
At one on time or another, she crossed paths with the likes of Babe Ruth, Jimmy Durante, Johnny Carson, and Robert Deniro. At age 51, she posed nude for Playboy. The issue sold more copies to women than any issue of Playboy ever. Vikki' own story is now told and written with acclaimed author Thomas Hauser and reveals much new information about her amazing life.
Knockout is a straight-from-the-heart account of a life filled with sex and violence that ultimately became a survivor's journey to redemption long before the #Me Too Movement. "Not an edited life but honest facts and events." Vikki wrote to Hauser on completion of the manuscript. "After a final reading, a deep sigh with an amazing amount of relief and exhilaration. Not relief of a project completed but relief of a past saved, not lived in vain."
"Vikki LaMotta was a good person." writes Hauser. "That's as simply and honestly as I can put it. She battled her demons and won. This is her story."
This edition includes a new afterword by Hauser coincides with the 40th anniversary of the award winning movie, Raging Bull directed by Martin Scorsese. Robert DeNiro won his first Oscar as Best Actor for his role of Jake LaMotta, and Cathy Moriarty who at only 18 years old was nominated for Best Supporting Actress Oscar in her portrayal of Vikki LaMotta.

Vikki LaMotta (on her ex-husband, Jake)
"One night when I was home alone with the children, Jake walked in. He didn't say anything. Nothing seemed different from any of his other visits. Then he slugged me. And punched me again. In the past, he'd held something back when he hit me. This time, every punch was calculated to disable and cause pain, and the punches kept coming. I didn't think anyone was capable of hurting me that badly. There was nothing I could do. I was helpless and the punches kept raining down. Then fear set in. I stopped trying to protect myself. I couldn't feel the individual blows. I was paralyzed and numb. I realized that Jake might actually kill me."
(On time spent with Robert DeNiro during the formative stages of Raging Bull)
Finally, around two in the morning, Bobby asked, "Where should I sleep?"
"Where would you like to sleep?"
"Wherever you want me."
"You have a choice," I told him. "There's a bed here and a bed in the den."
"If I sleep here, where will you sleep?"
"I don't know. I guess I could sleep in the den."
There was a long pause. And I have to admit, by then I was telling myself, if he attacks me, that's cool.


The story of Vikki LaMotta's life reads like a highlight reel from a television mini-series. Born into poverty. Raped at age fourteen. Pregnant and married at sixteen. Subjected to brutal beatings by her husband world middleweight champion Jake LaMotta. Vikki left Jake, worked as a chorus girl to support three young children, was pursued by Frank Sinatra and became romantically involved with mob boss Sam Giancana.
At one on time or another, she crossed paths with the likes of Babe Ruth, Jimmy Durante, Johnny Carson, and Robert Deniro. At age 51, she posed nude for Playboy. The issue sold more copies to women than any issue of Playboy ever. Vikki' own story is now told and written with acclaimed author Thomas Hauser and reveals much new information about her amazing life.
Knockout is a straight-from-the-heart account of a life filled with sex and violence that ultimately became a survivor's journey to redemption long before the #Me Too Movement. "Not an edited life but honest facts and events." Vikki wrote to Hauser on completion of the manuscript. "After a final reading, a deep sigh with an amazing amount of relief and exhilaration. Not relief of a project completed but relief of a past saved, not lived in vain."
"Vikki LaMotta was a good person." writes Hauser. "That's as simply and honestly as I can put it. She battled her demons and won. This is her story."
This edition includes a new afterword by Hauser coincides with the 40th anniversary of the award winning movie, Raging Bull directed by Martin Scorsese. Robert DeNiro won his first Oscar as Best Actor for his role of Jake LaMotta, and Cathy Moriarty who at only 18 years old was nominated for Best Supporting Actress Oscar in her portrayal of Vikki LaMotta.

Vikki LaMotta (on her ex-husband, Jake)
"One night when I was home alone with the children, Jake walked in. He didn't say anything. Nothing seemed different from any of his other visits. Then he slugged me. And punched me again. In the past, he'd held something back when he hit me. This time, every punch was calculated to disable and cause pain, and the punches kept coming. I didn't think anyone was capable of hurting me that badly. There was nothing I could do. I was helpless and the punches kept raining down. Then fear set in. I stopped trying to protect myself. I couldn't feel the individual blows. I was paralyzed and numb. I realized that Jake might actually kill me."
(On time spent with Robert DeNiro during the formative stages of Raging Bull)
Finally, around two in the morning, Bobby asked, "Where should I sleep?"
"Where would you like to sleep?"
"Wherever you want me."
"You have a choice," I told him. "There's a bed here and a bed in the den."
"If I sleep here, where will you sleep?"
"I don't know. I guess I could sleep in the den."
There was a long pause. And I have to admit, by then I was telling myself, if he attacks me, that's cool.


The story of Vikki LaMotta's life reads like a highlight reel from a television mini-series. Born into poverty. Raped at age fourteen. Pregnant and married at sixteen. Subjected to brutal beatings by her husband world middleweight champion Jake LaMotta. Vikki left Jake, worked as a chorus girl to support three young children, was pursued by Frank Sinatra and became romantically involved with mob boss Sam Giancana.
At one on time or another, she crossed paths with the likes of Babe Ruth, Jimmy Durante, Johnny Carson, and Robert Deniro. At age 51, she posed nude for Playboy. The issue sold more copies to women than any issue of Playboy ever. Vikki' own story is now told and written with acclaimed author Thomas Hauser and reveals much new information about her amazing life.
Knockout is a straight-from-the-heart account of a life filled with sex and violence that ultimately became a survivor's journey to redemption long before the #Me Too Movement. "Not an edited life but honest facts and events." Vikki wrote to Hauser on completion of the manuscript. "After a final reading, a deep sigh with an amazing amount of relief and exhilaration. Not relief of a project completed but relief of a past saved, not lived in vain."
"Vikki LaMotta was a good person." writes Hauser. "That's as simply and honestly as I can put it. She battled her demons and won. This is her story."
This edition includes a new afterword by Hauser coincides with the 40th anniversary of the award winning movie, Raging Bull directed by Martin Scorsese. Robert DeNiro won his first Oscar as Best Actor for his role of Jake LaMotta, and Cathy Moriarty who at only 18 years old was nominated for Best Supporting Actress Oscar in her portrayal of Vikki LaMotta.

Vikki LaMotta (on her ex-husband, Jake)
"One night when I was home alone with the children, Jake walked in. He didn't say anything. Nothing seemed different from any of his other visits. Then he slugged me. And punched me again. In the past, he'd held something back when he hit me. This time, every punch was calculated to disable and cause pain, and the punches kept coming. I didn't think anyone was capable of hurting me that badly. There was nothing I could do. I was helpless and the punches kept raining down. Then fear set in. I stopped trying to protect myself. I couldn't feel the individual blows. I was paralyzed and numb. I realized that Jake might actually kill me."
(On time spent with Robert DeNiro during the formative stages of Raging Bull)
Finally, around two in the morning, Bobby asked, "Where should I sleep?"
"Where would you like to sleep?"
"Wherever you want me."
"You have a choice," I told him. "There's a bed here and a bed in the den."
"If I sleep here, where will you sleep?"
"I don't know. I guess I could sleep in the den."
There was a long pause. And I have to admit, by then I was telling myself, if he attacks me, that's cool.


The story of Vikki LaMotta's life reads like a highlight reel from a television mini-series. Born into poverty. Raped at age fourteen. Pregnant and married at sixteen. Subjected to brutal beatings by her husband world middleweight champion Jake LaMotta. Vikki left Jake, worked as a chorus girl to support three young children, was pursued by Frank Sinatra and became romantically involved with mob boss Sam Giancana.
At one on time or another, she crossed paths with the likes of Babe Ruth, Jimmy Durante, Johnny Carson, and Robert Deniro. At age 51, she posed nude for Playboy. The issue sold more copies to women than any issue of Playboy ever. Vikki' own story is now told and written with acclaimed author Thomas Hauser and reveals much new information about her amazing life.
Knockout is a straight-from-the-heart account of a life filled with sex and violence that ultimately became a survivor's journey to redemption long before the #Me Too Movement. "Not an edited life but honest facts and events." Vikki wrote to Hauser on completion of the manuscript. "After a final reading, a deep sigh with an amazing amount of relief and exhilaration. Not relief of a project completed but relief of a past saved, not lived in vain."
"Vikki LaMotta was a good person." writes Hauser. "That's as simply and honestly as I can put it. She battled her demons and won. This is her story."
This edition includes a new afterword by Hauser coincides with the 40th anniversary of the award winning movie, Raging Bull directed by Martin Scorsese. Robert DeNiro won his first Oscar as Best Actor for his role of Jake LaMotta, and Cathy Moriarty who at only 18 years old was nominated for Best Supporting Actress Oscar in her portrayal of Vikki LaMotta.

Vikki LaMotta (on her ex-husband, Jake)
"One night when I was home alone with the children, Jake walked in. He didn't say anything. Nothing seemed different from any of his other visits. Then he slugged me. And punched me again. In the past, he'd held something back when he hit me. This time, every punch was calculated to disable and cause pain, and the punches kept coming. I didn't think anyone was capable of hurting me that badly. There was nothing I could do. I was helpless and the punches kept raining down. Then fear set in. I stopped trying to protect myself. I couldn't feel the individual blows. I was paralyzed and numb. I realized that Jake might actually kill me."
(On time spent with Robert DeNiro during the formative stages of Raging Bull)
Finally, around two in the morning, Bobby asked, "Where should I sleep?"
"Where would you like to sleep?"
"Wherever you want me."
"You have a choice," I told him. "There's a bed here and a bed in the den."
"If I sleep here, where will you sleep?"
"I don't know. I guess I could sleep in the den."
There was a long pause. And I have to admit, by then I was telling myself, if he attacks me, that's cool.


The story of Vikki LaMotta's life reads like a highlight reel from a television mini-series. Born into poverty. Raped at age fourteen. Pregnant and married at sixteen. Subjected to brutal beatings by her husband world middleweight champion Jake LaMotta. Vikki left Jake, worked as a chorus girl to support three young children, was pursued by Frank Sinatra and became romantically involved with mob boss Sam Giancana.
At one on time or another, she crossed paths with the likes of Babe Ruth, Jimmy Durante, Johnny Carson, and Robert Deniro. At age 51, she posed nude for Playboy. The issue sold more copies to women than any issue of Playboy ever. Vikki' own story is now told and written with acclaimed author Thomas Hauser and reveals much new information about her amazing life.
Knockout is a straight-from-the-heart account of a life filled with sex and violence that ultimately became a survivor's journey to redemption long before the #Me Too Movement. "Not an edited life but honest facts and events." Vikki wrote to Hauser on completion of the manuscript. "After a final reading, a deep sigh with an amazing amount of relief and exhilaration. Not relief of a project completed but relief of a past saved, not lived in vain."
"Vikki LaMotta was a good person." writes Hauser. "That's as simply and honestly as I can put it. She battled her demons and won. This is her story."
This edition includes a new afterword by Hauser coincides with the 40th anniversary of the award winning movie, Raging Bull directed by Martin Scorsese. Robert DeNiro won his first Oscar as Best Actor for his role of Jake LaMotta, and Cathy Moriarty who at only 18 years old was nominated for Best Supporting Actress Oscar in her portrayal of Vikki LaMotta.

Vikki LaMotta (on her ex-husband, Jake)
"One night when I was home alone with the children, Jake walked in. He didn't say anything. Nothing seemed different from any of his other visits. Then he slugged me. And punched me again. In the past, he'd held something back when he hit me. This time, every punch was calculated to disable and cause pain, and the punches kept coming. I didn't think anyone was capable of hurting me that badly. There was nothing I could do. I was helpless and the punches kept raining down. Then fear set in. I stopped trying to protect myself. I couldn't feel the individual blows. I was paralyzed and numb. I realized that Jake might actually kill me."
(On time spent with Robert DeNiro during the formative stages of Raging Bull)
Finally, around two in the morning, Bobby asked, "Where should I sleep?"
"Where would you like to sleep?"
"Wherever you want me."
"You have a choice," I told him. "There's a bed here and a bed in the den."
"If I sleep here, where will you sleep?"
"I don't know. I guess I could sleep in the den."
There was a long pause. And I have to admit, by then I was telling myself, if he attacks me, that's cool.


The story of Vikki LaMotta's life reads like a highlight reel from a television mini-series. Born into poverty. Raped at age fourteen. Pregnant and married at sixteen. Subjected to brutal beatings by her husband world middleweight champion Jake LaMotta. Vikki left Jake, worked as a chorus girl to support three young children, was pursued by Frank Sinatra and became romantically involved with mob boss Sam Giancana.
At one on time or another, she crossed paths with the likes of Babe Ruth, Jimmy Durante, Johnny Carson, and Robert Deniro. At age 51, she posed nude for Playboy. The issue sold more copies to women than any issue of Playboy ever. Vikki' own story is now told and written with acclaimed author Thomas Hauser and reveals much new information about her amazing life.
Knockout is a straight-from-the-heart account of a life filled with sex and violence that ultimately became a survivor's journey to redemption long before the #Me Too Movement. "Not an edited life but honest facts and events." Vikki wrote to Hauser on completion of the manuscript. "After a final reading, a deep sigh with an amazing amount of relief and exhilaration. Not relief of a project completed but relief of a past saved, not lived in vain."
"Vikki LaMotta was a good person." writes Hauser. "That's as simply and honestly as I can put it. She battled her demons and won. This is her story."
This edition includes a new afterword by Hauser coincides with the 40th anniversary of the award winning movie, Raging Bull directed by Martin Scorsese. Robert DeNiro won his first Oscar as Best Actor for his role of Jake LaMotta, and Cathy Moriarty who at only 18 years old was nominated for Best Supporting Actress Oscar in her portrayal of Vikki LaMotta.

Vikki LaMotta (on her ex-husband, Jake)
"One night when I was home alone with the children, Jake walked in. He didn't say anything. Nothing seemed different from any of his other visits. Then he slugged me. And punched me again. In the past, he'd held something back when he hit me. This time, every punch was calculated to disable and cause pain, and the punches kept coming. I didn't think anyone was capable of hurting me that badly. There was nothing I could do. I was helpless and the punches kept raining down. Then fear set in. I stopped trying to protect myself. I couldn't feel the individual blows. I was paralyzed and numb. I realized that Jake might actually kill me."
(On time spent with Robert DeNiro during the formative stages of Raging Bull)
Finally, around two in the morning, Bobby asked, "Where should I sleep?"
"Where would you like to sleep?"
"Wherever you want me."
"You have a choice," I told him. "There's a bed here and a bed in the den."
"If I sleep here, where will you sleep?"
"I don't know. I guess I could sleep in the den."
There was a long pause. And I have to admit, by then I was telling myself, if he attacks me, that's cool.


The story of Vikki LaMotta's life reads like a highlight reel from a television mini-series. Born into poverty. Raped at age fourteen. Pregnant and married at sixteen. Subjected to brutal beatings by her husband world middleweight champion Jake LaMotta. Vikki left Jake, worked as a chorus girl to support three young children, was pursued by Frank Sinatra and became romantically involved with mob boss Sam Giancana.
At one on time or another, she crossed paths with the likes of Babe Ruth, Jimmy Durante, Johnny Carson, and Robert Deniro. At age 51, she posed nude for Playboy. The issue sold more copies to women than any issue of Playboy ever. Vikki' own story is now told and written with acclaimed author Thomas Hauser and reveals much new information about her amazing life.
Knockout is a straight-from-the-heart account of a life filled with sex and violence that ultimately became a survivor's journey to redemption long before the #Me Too Movement. "Not an edited life but honest facts and events." Vikki wrote to Hauser on completion of the manuscript. "After a final reading, a deep sigh with an amazing amount of relief and exhilaration. Not relief of a project completed but relief of a past saved, not lived in vain."
"Vikki LaMotta was a good person." writes Hauser. "That's as simply and honestly as I can put it. She battled her demons and won. This is her story."
This edition includes a new afterword by Hauser coincides with the 40th anniversary of the award winning movie, Raging Bull directed by Martin Scorsese. Robert DeNiro won his first Oscar as Best Actor for his role of Jake LaMotta, and Cathy Moriarty who at only 18 years old was nominated for Best Supporting Actress Oscar in her portrayal of Vikki LaMotta.

Vikki LaMotta (on her ex-husband, Jake)
"One night when I was home alone with the children, Jake walked in. He didn't say anything. Nothing seemed different from any of his other visits. Then he slugged me. And punched me again. In the past, he'd held something back when he hit me. This time, every punch was calculated to disable and cause pain, and the punches kept coming. I didn't think anyone was capable of hurting me that badly. There was nothing I could do. I was helpless and the punches kept raining down. Then fear set in. I stopped trying to protect myself. I couldn't feel the individual blows. I was paralyzed and numb. I realized that Jake might actually kill me."
(On time spent with Robert DeNiro during the formative stages of Raging Bull)
Finally, around two in the morning, Bobby asked, "Where should I sleep?"
"Where would you like to sleep?"
"Wherever you want me."
"You have a choice," I told him. "There's a bed here and a bed in the den."
"If I sleep here, where will you sleep?"
"I don't know. I guess I could sleep in the den."
There was a long pause. And I have to admit, by then I was telling myself, if he attacks me, that's cool.


The story of Vikki LaMotta's life reads like a highlight reel from a television mini-series. Born into poverty. Raped at age fourteen. Pregnant and married at sixteen. Subjected to brutal beatings by her husband world middleweight champion Jake LaMotta. Vikki left Jake, worked as a chorus girl to support three young children, was pursued by Frank Sinatra and became romantically involved with mob boss Sam Giancana.
At one on time or another, she crossed paths with the likes of Babe Ruth, Jimmy Durante, Johnny Carson, and Robert Deniro. At age 51, she posed nude for Playboy. The issue sold more copies to women than any issue of Playboy ever. Vikki' own story is now told and written with acclaimed author Thomas Hauser and reveals much new information about her amazing life.
Knockout is a straight-from-the-heart account of a life filled with sex and violence that ultimately became a survivor's journey to redemption long before the #Me Too Movement. "Not an edited life but honest facts and events." Vikki wrote to Hauser on completion of the manuscript. "After a final reading, a deep sigh with an amazing amount of relief and exhilaration. Not relief of a project completed but relief of a past saved, not lived in vain."
"Vikki LaMotta was a good person." writes Hauser. "That's as simply and honestly as I can put it. She battled her demons and won. This is her story."
This edition includes a new afterword by Hauser coincides with the 40th anniversary of the award winning movie, Raging Bull directed by Martin Scorsese. Robert DeNiro won his first Oscar as Best Actor for his role of Jake LaMotta, and Cathy Moriarty who at only 18 years old was nominated for Best Supporting Actress Oscar in her portrayal of Vikki LaMotta.

Vikki LaMotta (on her ex-husband, Jake)
"One night when I was home alone with the children, Jake walked in. He didn't say anything. Nothing seemed different from any of his other visits. Then he slugged me. And punched me again. In the past, he'd held something back when he hit me. This time, every punch was calculated to disable and cause pain, and the punches kept coming. I didn't think anyone was capable of hurting me that badly. There was nothing I could do. I was helpless and the punches kept raining down. Then fear set in. I stopped trying to protect myself. I couldn't feel the individual blows. I was paralyzed and numb. I realized that Jake might actually kill me."
(On time spent with Robert DeNiro during the formative stages of Raging Bull)
Finally, around two in the morning, Bobby asked, "Where should I sleep?"
"Where would you like to sleep?"
"Wherever you want me."
"You have a choice," I told him. "There's a bed here and a bed in the den."
"If I sleep here, where will you sleep?"
"I don't know. I guess I could sleep in the den."
There was a long pause. And I have to admit, by then I was telling myself, if he attacks me, that's cool.


The story of Vikki LaMotta's life reads like a highlight reel from a television mini-series. Born into poverty. Raped at age fourteen. Pregnant and married at sixteen. Subjected to brutal beatings by her husband world middleweight champion Jake LaMotta. Vikki left Jake, worked as a chorus girl to support three young children, was pursued by Frank Sinatra and became romantically involved with mob boss Sam Giancana.
At one on time or another, she crossed paths with the likes of Babe Ruth, Jimmy Durante, Johnny Carson, and Robert Deniro. At age 51, she posed nude for Playboy. The issue sold more copies to women than any issue of Playboy ever. Vikki' own story is now told and written with acclaimed author Thomas Hauser and reveals much new information about her amazing life.
Knockout is a straight-from-the-heart account of a life filled with sex and violence that ultimately became a survivor's journey to redemption long before the #Me Too Movement. "Not an edited life but honest facts and events." Vikki wrote to Hauser on completion of the manuscript. "After a final reading, a deep sigh with an amazing amount of relief and exhilaration. Not relief of a project completed but relief of a past saved, not lived in vain."
"Vikki LaMotta was a good person." writes Hauser. "That's as simply and honestly as I can put it. She battled her demons and won. This is her story."
This edition includes a new afterword by Hauser coincides with the 40th anniversary of the award winning movie, Raging Bull directed by Martin Scorsese. Robert DeNiro won his first Oscar as Best Actor for his role of Jake LaMotta, and Cathy Moriarty who at only 18 years old was nominated for Best Supporting Actress Oscar in her portrayal of Vikki LaMotta.

Vikki LaMotta (on her ex-husband, Jake)
"One night when I was home alone with the children, Jake walked in. He didn't say anything. Nothing seemed different from any of his other visits. Then he slugged me. And punched me again. In the past, he'd held something back when he hit me. This time, every punch was calculated to disable and cause pain, and the punches kept coming. I didn't think anyone was capable of hurting me that badly. There was nothing I could do. I was helpless and the punches kept raining down. Then fear set in. I stopped trying to protect myself. I couldn't feel the individual blows. I was paralyzed and numb. I realized that Jake might actually kill me."
(On time spent with Robert DeNiro during the formative stages of Raging Bull)
Finally, around two in the morning, Bobby asked, "Where should I sleep?"
"Where would you like to sleep?"
"Wherever you want me."
"You have a choice," I told him. "There's a bed here and a bed in the den."
"If I sleep here, where will you sleep?"
"I don't know. I guess I could sleep in the den."
There was a long pause. And I have to admit, by then I was telling myself, if he attacks me, that's cool.


The story of Vikki LaMotta's life reads like a highlight reel from a television mini-series. Born into poverty. Raped at age fourteen. Pregnant and married at sixteen. Subjected to brutal beatings by her husband world middleweight champion Jake LaMotta. Vikki left Jake, worked as a chorus girl to support three young children, was pursued by Frank Sinatra and became romantically involved with mob boss Sam Giancana.
At one on time or another, she crossed paths with the likes of Babe Ruth, Jimmy Durante, Johnny Carson, and Robert Deniro. At age 51, she posed nude for Playboy. The issue sold more copies to women than any issue of Playboy ever. Vikki' own story is now told and written with acclaimed author Thomas Hauser and reveals much new information about her amazing life.
Knockout is a straight-from-the-heart account of a life filled with sex and violence that ultimately became a survivor's journey to redemption long before the #Me Too Movement. "Not an edited life but honest facts and events." Vikki wrote to Hauser on completion of the manuscript. "After a final reading, a deep sigh with an amazing amount of relief and exhilaration. Not relief of a project completed but relief of a past saved, not lived in vain."
"Vikki LaMotta was a good person." writes Hauser. "That's as simply and honestly as I can put it. She battled her demons and won. This is her story."
This edition includes a new afterword by Hauser coincides with the 40th anniversary of the award winning movie, Raging Bull directed by Martin Scorsese. Robert DeNiro won his first Oscar as Best Actor for his role of Jake LaMotta, and Cathy Moriarty who at only 18 years old was nominated for Best Supporting Actress Oscar in her portrayal of Vikki LaMotta.

Vikki LaMotta (on her ex-husband, Jake)
"One night when I was home alone with the children, Jake walked in. He didn't say anything. Nothing seemed different from any of his other visits. Then he slugged me. And punched me again. In the past, he'd held something back when he hit me. This time, every punch was calculated to disable and cause pain, and the punches kept coming. I didn't think anyone was capable of hurting me that badly. There was nothing I could do. I was helpless and the punches kept raining down. Then fear set in. I stopped trying to protect myself. I couldn't feel the individual blows. I was paralyzed and numb. I realized that Jake might actually kill me."
(On time spent with Robert DeNiro during the formative stages of Raging Bull)
Finally, around two in the morning, Bobby asked, "Where should I sleep?"
"Where would you like to sleep?"
"Wherever you want me."
"You have a choice," I told him. "There's a bed here and a bed in the den."
"If I sleep here, where will you sleep?"
"I don't know. I guess I could sleep in the den."
There was a long pause. And I have to admit, by then I was telling myself, if he attacks me, that's cool.


The story of Vikki LaMotta's life reads like a highlight reel from a television mini-series. Born into poverty. Raped at age fourteen. Pregnant and married at sixteen. Subjected to brutal beatings by her husband world middleweight champion Jake LaMotta. Vikki left Jake, worked as a chorus girl to support three young children, was pursued by Frank Sinatra and became romantically involved with mob boss Sam Giancana.
At one on time or another, she crossed paths with the likes of Babe Ruth, Jimmy Durante, Johnny Carson, and Robert Deniro. At age 51, she posed nude for Playboy. The issue sold more copies to women than any issue of Playboy ever. Vikki' own story is now told and written with acclaimed author Thomas Hauser and reveals much new information about her amazing life.
Knockout is a straight-from-the-heart account of a life filled with sex and violence that ultimately became a survivor's journey to redemption long before the #Me Too Movement. "Not an edited life but honest facts and events." Vikki wrote to Hauser on completion of the manuscript. "After a final reading, a deep sigh with an amazing amount of relief and exhilaration. Not relief of a project completed but relief of a past saved, not lived in vain."
"Vikki LaMotta was a good person." writes Hauser. "That's as simply and honestly as I can put it. She battled her demons and won. This is her story."
This edition includes a new afterword by Hauser coincides with the 40th anniversary of the award winning movie, Raging Bull directed by Martin Scorsese. Robert DeNiro won his first Oscar as Best Actor for his role of Jake LaMotta, and Cathy Moriarty who at only 18 years old was nominated for Best Supporting Actress Oscar in her portrayal of Vikki LaMotta.

Vikki LaMotta (on her ex-husband, Jake)
"One night when I was home alone with the children, Jake walked in. He didn't say anything. Nothing seemed different from any of his other visits. Then he slugged me. And punched me again. In the past, he'd held something back when he hit me. This time, every punch was calculated to disable and cause pain, and the punches kept coming. I didn't think anyone was capable of hurting me that badly. There was nothing I could do. I was helpless and the punches kept raining down. Then fear set in. I stopped trying to protect myself. I couldn't feel the individual blows. I was paralyzed and numb. I realized that Jake might actually kill me."
(On time spent with Robert DeNiro during the formative stages of Raging Bull)
Finally, around two in the morning, Bobby asked, "Where should I sleep?"
"Where would you like to sleep?"
"Wherever you want me."
"You have a choice," I told him. "There's a bed here and a bed in the den."
"If I sleep here, where will you sleep?"
"I don't know. I guess I could sleep in the den."
There was a long pause. And I have to admit, by then I was telling myself, if he attacks me, that's cool.


The story of Vikki LaMotta's life reads like a highlight reel from a television mini-series. Born into poverty. Raped at age fourteen. Pregnant and married at sixteen. Subjected to brutal beatings by her husband world middleweight champion Jake LaMotta. Vikki left Jake, worked as a chorus girl to support three young children, was pursued by Frank Sinatra and became romantically involved with mob boss Sam Giancana.
At one on time or another, she crossed paths with the likes of Babe Ruth, Jimmy Durante, Johnny Carson, and Robert Deniro. At age 51, she posed nude for Playboy. The issue sold more copies to women than any issue of Playboy ever. Vikki' own story is now told and written with acclaimed author Thomas Hauser and reveals much new information about her amazing life.
Knockout is a straight-from-the-heart account of a life filled with sex and violence that ultimately became a survivor's journey to redemption long before the #Me Too Movement. "Not an edited life but honest facts and events." Vikki wrote to Hauser on completion of the manuscript. "After a final reading, a deep sigh with an amazing amount of relief and exhilaration. Not relief of a project completed but relief of a past saved, not lived in vain."
"Vikki LaMotta was a good person." writes Hauser. "That's as simply and honestly as I can put it. She battled her demons and won. This is her story."
This edition includes a new afterword by Hauser coincides with the 40th anniversary of the award winning movie, Raging Bull directed by Martin Scorsese. Robert DeNiro won his first Oscar as Best Actor for his role of Jake LaMotta, and Cathy Moriarty who at only 18 years old was nominated for Best Supporting Actress Oscar in her portrayal of Vikki LaMotta.

Vikki LaMotta (on her ex-husband, Jake)
"One night when I was home alone with the children, Jake walked in. He didn't say anything. Nothing seemed different from any of his other visits. Then he slugged me. And punched me again. In the past, he'd held something back when he hit me. This time, every punch was calculated to disable and cause pain, and the punches kept coming. I didn't think anyone was capable of hurting me that badly. There was nothing I could do. I was helpless and the punches kept raining down. Then fear set in. I stopped trying to protect myself. I couldn't feel the individual blows. I was paralyzed and numb. I realized that Jake might actually kill me."
(On time spent with Robert DeNiro during the formative stages of Raging Bull)
Finally, around two in the morning, Bobby asked, "Where should I sleep?"
"Where would you like to sleep?"
"Wherever you want me."
"You have a choice," I told him. "There's a bed here and a bed in the den."
"If I sleep here, where will you sleep?"
"I don't know. I guess I could sleep in the den."
There was a long pause. And I have to admit, by then I was telling myself, if he attacks me, that's cool.


The story of Vikki LaMotta's life reads like a highlight reel from a television mini-series. Born into poverty. Raped at age fourteen. Pregnant and married at sixteen. Subjected to brutal beatings by her husband world middleweight champion Jake LaMotta. Vikki left Jake, worked as a chorus girl to support three young children, was pursued by Frank Sinatra and became romantically involved with mob boss Sam Giancana.
At one on time or another, she crossed paths with the likes of Babe Ruth, Jimmy Durante, Johnny Carson, and Robert Deniro. At age 51, she posed nude for Playboy. The issue sold more copies to women than any issue of Playboy ever. Vikki' own story is now told and written with acclaimed author Thomas Hauser and reveals much new information about her amazing life.
Knockout is a straight-from-the-heart account of a life filled with sex and violence that ultimately became a survivor's journey to redemption long before the #Me Too Movement. "Not an edited life but honest facts and events." Vikki wrote to Hauser on completion of the manuscript. "After a final reading, a deep sigh with an amazing amount of relief and exhilaration. Not relief of a project completed but relief of a past saved, not lived in vain."
"Vikki LaMotta was a good person." writes Hauser. "That's as simply and honestly as I can put it. She battled her demons and won. This is her story."
This edition includes a new afterword by Hauser coincides with the 40th anniversary of the award winning movie, Raging Bull directed by Martin Scorsese. Robert DeNiro won his first Oscar as Best Actor for his role of Jake LaMotta, and Cathy Moriarty who at only 18 years old was nominated for Best Supporting Actress Oscar in her portrayal of Vikki LaMotta.

Vikki LaMotta (on her ex-husband, Jake)
"One night when I was home alone with the children, Jake walked in. He didn't say anything. Nothing seemed different from any of his other visits. Then he slugged me. And punched me again. In the past, he'd held something back when he hit me. This time, every punch was calculated to disable and cause pain, and the punches kept coming. I didn't think anyone was capable of hurting me that badly. There was nothing I could do. I was helpless and the punches kept raining down. Then fear set in. I stopped trying to protect myself. I couldn't feel the individual blows. I was paralyzed and numb. I realized that Jake might actually kill me."
(On time spent with Robert DeNiro during the formative stages of Raging Bull)
Finally, around two in the morning, Bobby asked, "Where should I sleep?"
"Where would you like to sleep?"
"Wherever you want me."
"You have a choice," I told him. "There's a bed here and a bed in the den."
"If I sleep here, where will you sleep?"
"I don't know. I guess I could sleep in the den."
There was a long pause. And I have to admit, by then I was telling myself, if he attacks me, that's cool.


The story of Vikki LaMotta's life reads like a highlight reel from a television mini-series. Born into poverty. Raped at age fourteen. Pregnant and married at sixteen. Subjected to brutal beatings by her husband world middleweight champion Jake LaMotta. Vikki left Jake, worked as a chorus girl to support three young children, was pursued by Frank Sinatra and became romantically involved with mob boss Sam Giancana.
At one on time or another, she crossed paths with the likes of Babe Ruth, Jimmy Durante, Johnny Carson, and Robert Deniro. At age 51, she posed nude for Playboy. The issue sold more copies to women than any issue of Playboy ever. Vikki' own story is now told and written with acclaimed author Thomas Hauser and reveals much new information about her amazing life.
Knockout is a straight-from-the-heart account of a life filled with sex and violence that ultimately became a survivor's journey to redemption long before the #Me Too Movement. "Not an edited life but honest facts and events." Vikki wrote to Hauser on completion of the manuscript. "After a final reading, a deep sigh with an amazing amount of relief and exhilaration. Not relief of a project completed but relief of a past saved, not lived in vain."
"Vikki LaMotta was a good person." writes Hauser. "That's as simply and honestly as I can put it. She battled her demons and won. This is her story."
This edition includes a new afterword by Hauser coincides with the 40th anniversary of the award winning movie, Raging Bull directed by Martin Scorsese. Robert DeNiro won his first Oscar as Best Actor for his role of Jake LaMotta, and Cathy Moriarty who at only 18 years old was nominated for Best Supporting Actress Oscar in her portrayal of Vikki LaMotta.

Vikki LaMotta (on her ex-husband, Jake)
"One night when I was home alone with the children, Jake walked in. He didn't say anything. Nothing seemed different from any of his other visits. Then he slugged me. And punched me again. In the past, he'd held something back when he hit me. This time, every punch was calculated to disable and cause pain, and the punches kept coming. I didn't think anyone was capable of hurting me that badly. There was nothing I could do. I was helpless and the punches kept raining down. Then fear set in. I stopped trying to protect myself. I couldn't feel the individual blows. I was paralyzed and numb. I realized that Jake might actually kill me."
(On time spent with Robert DeNiro during the formative stages of Raging Bull)
Finally, around two in the morning, Bobby asked, "Where should I sleep?"
"Where would you like to sleep?"
"Wherever you want me."
"You have a choice," I told him. "There's a bed here and a bed in the den."
"If I sleep here, where will you sleep?"
"I don't know. I guess I could sleep in the den."
There was a long pause. And I have to admit, by then I was telling myself, if he attacks me, that's cool.


The story of Vikki LaMotta's life reads like a highlight reel from a television mini-series. Born into poverty. Raped at age fourteen. Pregnant and married at sixteen. Subjected to brutal beatings by her husband world middleweight champion Jake LaMotta. Vikki left Jake, worked as a chorus girl to support three young children, was pursued by Frank Sinatra and became romantically involved with mob boss Sam Giancana.
At one on time or another, she crossed paths with the likes of Babe Ruth, Jimmy Durante, Johnny Carson, and Robert Deniro. At age 51, she posed nude for Playboy. The issue sold more copies to women than any issue of Playboy ever. Vikki' own story is now told and written with acclaimed author Thomas Hauser and reveals much new information about her amazing life.
Knockout is a straight-from-the-heart account of a life filled with sex and violence that ultimately became a survivor's journey to redemption long before the #Me Too Movement. "Not an edited life but honest facts and events." Vikki wrote to Hauser on completion of the manuscript. "After a final reading, a deep sigh with an amazing amount of relief and exhilaration. Not relief of a project completed but relief of a past saved, not lived in vain."
"Vikki LaMotta was a good person." writes Hauser. "That's as simply and honestly as I can put it. She battled her demons and won. This is her story."
This edition includes a new afterword by Hauser coincides with the 40th anniversary of the award winning movie, Raging Bull directed by Martin Scorsese. Robert DeNiro won his first Oscar as Best Actor for his role of Jake LaMotta, and Cathy Moriarty who at only 18 years old was nominated for Best Supporting Actress Oscar in her portrayal of Vikki LaMotta.

Vikki LaMotta (on her ex-husband, Jake)
"One night when I was home alone with the children, Jake walked in. He didn't say anything. Nothing seemed different from any of his other visits. Then he slugged me. And punched me again. In the past, he'd held something back when he hit me. This time, every punch was calculated to disable and cause pain, and the punches kept coming. I didn't think anyone was capable of hurting me that badly. There was nothing I could do. I was helpless and the punches kept raining down. Then fear set in. I stopped trying to protect myself. I couldn't feel the individual blows. I was paralyzed and numb. I realized that Jake might actually kill me."
(On time spent with Robert DeNiro during the formative stages of Raging Bull)
Finally, around two in the morning, Bobby asked, "Where should I sleep?"
"Where would you like to sleep?"
"Wherever you want me."
"You have a choice," I told him. "There's a bed here and a bed in the den."
"If I sleep here, where will you sleep?"
"I don't know. I guess I could sleep in the den."
There was a long pause. And I have to admit, by then I was telling myself, if he attacks me, that's cool.


The story of Vikki LaMotta's life reads like a highlight reel from a television mini-series. Born into poverty. Raped at age fourteen. Pregnant and married at sixteen. Subjected to brutal beatings by her husband world middleweight champion Jake LaMotta. Vikki left Jake, worked as a chorus girl to support three young children, was pursued by Frank Sinatra and became romantically involved with mob boss Sam Giancana.
At one on time or another, she crossed paths with the likes of Babe Ruth, Jimmy Durante, Johnny Carson, and Robert Deniro. At age 51, she posed nude for Playboy. The issue sold more copies to women than any issue of Playboy ever. Vikki' own story is now told and written with acclaimed author Thomas Hauser and reveals much new information about her amazing life.
Knockout is a straight-from-the-heart account of a life filled with sex and violence that ultimately became a survivor's journey to redemption long before the #Me Too Movement. "Not an edited life but honest facts and events." Vikki wrote to Hauser on completion of the manuscript. "After a final reading, a deep sigh with an amazing amount of relief and exhilaration. Not relief of a project completed but relief of a past saved, not lived in vain."
"Vikki LaMotta was a good person." writes Hauser. "That's as simply and honestly as I can put it. She battled her demons and won. This is her story."
This edition includes a new afterword by Hauser coincides with the 40th anniversary of the award winning movie, Raging Bull directed by Martin Scorsese. Robert DeNiro won his first Oscar as Best Actor for his role of Jake LaMotta, and Cathy Moriarty who at only 18 years old was nominated for Best Supporting Actress Oscar in her portrayal of Vikki LaMotta.

Vikki LaMotta (on her ex-husband, Jake)
"One night when I was home alone with the children, Jake walked in. He didn't say anything. Nothing seemed different from any of his other visits. Then he slugged me. And punched me again. In the past, he'd held something back when he hit me. This time, every punch was calculated to disable and cause pain, and the punches kept coming. I didn't think anyone was capable of hurting me that badly. There was nothing I could do. I was helpless and the punches kept raining down. Then fear set in. I stopped trying to protect myself. I couldn't feel the individual blows. I was paralyzed and numb. I realized that Jake might actually kill me."
(On time spent with Robert DeNiro during the formative stages of Raging Bull)
Finally, around two in the morning, Bobby asked, "Where should I sleep?"
"Where would you like to sleep?"
"Wherever you want me."
"You have a choice," I told him. "There's a bed here and a bed in the den."
"If I sleep here, where will you sleep?"
"I don't know. I guess I could sleep in the den."
There was a long pause. And I have to admit, by then I was telling myself, if he attacks me, that's cool.


The story of Vikki LaMotta's life reads like a highlight reel from a television mini-series. Born into poverty. Raped at age fourteen. Pregnant and married at sixteen. Subjected to brutal beatings by her husband world middleweight champion Jake LaMotta. Vikki left Jake, worked as a chorus girl to support three young children, was pursued by Frank Sinatra and became romantically involved with mob boss Sam Giancana.
At one on time or another, she crossed paths with the likes of Babe Ruth, Jimmy Durante, Johnny Carson, and Robert Deniro. At age 51, she posed nude for Playboy. The issue sold more copies to women than any issue of Playboy ever. Vikki' own story is now told and written with acclaimed author Thomas Hauser and reveals much new information about her amazing life.
Knockout is a straight-from-the-heart account of a life filled with sex and violence that ultimately became a survivor's journey to redemption long before the #Me Too Movement. "Not an edited life but honest facts and events." Vikki wrote to Hauser on completion of the manuscript. "After a final reading, a deep sigh with an amazing amount of relief and exhilaration. Not relief of a project completed but relief of a past saved, not lived in vain."
"Vikki LaMotta was a good person." writes Hauser. "That's as simply and honestly as I can put it. She battled her demons and won. This is her story."
This edition includes a new afterword by Hauser coincides with the 40th anniversary of the award winning movie, Raging Bull directed by Martin Scorsese. Robert DeNiro won his first Oscar as Best Actor for his role of Jake LaMotta, and Cathy Moriarty who at only 18 years old was nominated for Best Supporting Actress Oscar in her portrayal of Vikki LaMotta.

Vikki LaMotta (on her ex-husband, Jake)
"One night when I was home alone with the children, Jake walked in. He didn't say anything. Nothing seemed different from any of his other visits. Then he slugged me. And punched me again. In the past, he'd held something back when he hit me. This time, every punch was calculated to disable and cause pain, and the punches kept coming. I didn't think anyone was capable of hurting me that badly. There was nothing I could do. I was helpless and the punches kept raining down. Then fear set in. I stopped trying to protect myself. I couldn't feel the individual blows. I was paralyzed and numb. I realized that Jake might actually kill me."
(On time spent with Robert DeNiro during the formative stages of Raging Bull)
Finally, around two in the morning, Bobby asked, "Where should I sleep?"
"Where would you like to sleep?"
"Wherever you want me."
"You have a choice," I told him. "There's a bed here and a bed in the den."
"If I sleep here, where will you sleep?"
"I don't know. I guess I could sleep in the den."
There was a long pause. And I have to admit, by then I was telling myself, if he attacks me, that's cool.


The story of Vikki LaMotta's life reads like a highlight reel from a television mini-series. Born into poverty. Raped at age fourteen. Pregnant and married at sixteen. Subjected to brutal beatings by her husband world middleweight champion Jake LaMotta. Vikki left Jake, worked as a chorus girl to support three young children, was pursued by Frank Sinatra and became romantically involved with mob boss Sam Giancana.
At one on time or another, she crossed paths with the likes of Babe Ruth, Jimmy Durante, Johnny Carson, and Robert Deniro. At age 51, she posed nude for Playboy. The issue sold more copies to women than any issue of Playboy ever. Vikki' own story is now told and written with acclaimed author Thomas Hauser and reveals much new information about her amazing life.
Knockout is a straight-from-the-heart account of a life filled with sex and violence that ultimately became a survivor's journey to redemption long before the #Me Too Movement. "Not an edited life but honest facts and events." Vikki wrote to Hauser on completion of the manuscript. "After a final reading, a deep sigh with an amazing amount of relief and exhilaration. Not relief of a project completed but relief of a past saved, not lived in vain."
"Vikki LaMotta was a good person." writes Hauser. "That's as simply and honestly as I can put it. She battled her demons and won. This is her story."
This edition includes a new afterword by Hauser coincides with the 40th anniversary of the award winning movie, Raging Bull directed by Martin Scorsese. Robert DeNiro won his first Oscar as Best Actor for his role of Jake LaMotta, and Cathy Moriarty who at only 18 years old was nominated for Best Supporting Actress Oscar in her portrayal of Vikki LaMotta.

Vikki LaMotta (on her ex-husband, Jake)
"One night when I was home alone with the children, Jake walked in. He didn't say anything. Nothing seemed different from any of his other visits. Then he slugged me. And punched me again. In the past, he'd held something back when he hit me. This time, every punch was calculated to disable and cause pain, and the punches kept coming. I didn't think anyone was capable of hurting me that badly. There was nothing I could do. I was helpless and the punches kept raining down. Then fear set in. I stopped trying to protect myself. I couldn't feel the individual blows. I was paralyzed and numb. I realized that Jake might actually kill me."
(On time spent with Robert DeNiro during the formative stages of Raging Bull)
Finally, around two in the morning, Bobby asked, "Where should I sleep?"
"Where would you like to sleep?"
"Wherever you want me."
"You have a choice," I told him. "There's a bed here and a bed in the den."
"If I sleep here, where will you sleep?"
"I don't know. I guess I could sleep in the den."
There was a long pause. And I have to admit, by then I was telling myself, if he attacks me, that's cool.


The story of Vikki LaMotta's life reads like a highlight reel from a television mini-series. Born into poverty. Raped at age fourteen. Pregnant and married at sixteen. Subjected to brutal beatings by her husband world middleweight champion Jake LaMotta. Vikki left Jake, worked as a chorus girl to support three young children, was pursued by Frank Sinatra and became romantically involved with mob boss Sam Giancana.
At one on time or another, she crossed paths with the likes of Babe Ruth, Jimmy Durante, Johnny Carson, and Robert Deniro. At age 51, she posed nude for Playboy. The issue sold more copies to women than any issue of Playboy ever. Vikki' own story is now told and written with acclaimed author Thomas Hauser and reveals much new information about her amazing life.
Knockout is a straight-from-the-heart account of a life filled with sex and violence that ultimately became a survivor's journey to redemption long before the #Me Too Movement. "Not an edited life but honest facts and events." Vikki wrote to Hauser on completion of the manuscript. "After a final reading, a deep sigh with an amazing amount of relief and exhilaration. Not relief of a project completed but relief of a past saved, not lived in vain."
"Vikki LaMotta was a good person." writes Hauser. "That's as simply and honestly as I can put it. She battled her demons and won. This is her story."
This edition includes a new afterword by Hauser coincides with the 40th anniversary of the award winning movie, Raging Bull directed by Martin Scorsese. Robert DeNiro won his first Oscar as Best Actor for his role of Jake LaMotta, and Cathy Moriarty who at only 18 years old was nominated for Best Supporting Actress Oscar in her portrayal of Vikki LaMotta.

Vikki LaMotta (on her ex-husband, Jake)
"One night when I was home alone with the children, Jake walked in. He didn't say anything. Nothing seemed different from any of his other visits. Then he slugged me. And punched me again. In the past, he'd held something back when he hit me. This time, every punch was calculated to disable and cause pain, and the punches kept coming. I didn't think anyone was capable of hurting me that badly. There was nothing I could do. I was helpless and the punches kept raining down. Then fear set in. I stopped trying to protect myself. I couldn't feel the individual blows. I was paralyzed and numb. I realized that Jake might actually kill me."
(On time spent with Robert DeNiro during the formative stages of Raging Bull)
Finally, around two in the morning, Bobby asked, "Where should I sleep?"
"Where would you like to sleep?"
"Wherever you want me."
"You have a choice," I told him. "There's a bed here and a bed in the den."
"If I sleep here, where will you sleep?"
"I don't know. I guess I could sleep in the den."
There was a long pause. And I have to admit, by then I was telling myself, if he attacks me, that's cool.


The story of Vikki LaMotta's life reads like a highlight reel from a television mini-series. Born into poverty. Raped at age fourteen. Pregnant and married at sixteen. Subjected to brutal beatings by her husband world middleweight champion Jake LaMotta. Vikki left Jake, worked as a chorus girl to support three young children, was pursued by Frank Sinatra and became romantically involved with mob boss Sam Giancana.
At one on time or another, she crossed paths with the likes of Babe Ruth, Jimmy Durante, Johnny Carson, and Robert Deniro. At age 51, she posed nude for Playboy. The issue sold more copies to women than any issue of Playboy ever. Vikki' own story is now told and written with acclaimed author Thomas Hauser and reveals much new information about her amazing life.
Knockout is a straight-from-the-heart account of a life filled with sex and violence that ultimately became a survivor's journey to redemption long before the #Me Too Movement. "Not an edited life but honest facts and events." Vikki wrote to Hauser on completion of the manuscript. "After a final reading, a deep sigh with an amazing amount of relief and exhilaration. Not relief of a project completed but relief of a past saved, not lived in vain."
"Vikki LaMotta was a good person." writes Hauser. "That's as simply and honestly as I can put it. She battled her demons and won. This is her story."
This edition includes a new afterword by Hauser coincides with the 40th anniversary of the award winning movie, Raging Bull directed by Martin Scorsese. Robert DeNiro won his first Oscar as Best Actor for his role of Jake LaMotta, and Cathy Moriarty who at only 18 years old was nominated for Best Supporting Actress Oscar in her portrayal of Vikki LaMotta.

Vikki LaMotta (on her ex-husband, Jake)
"One night when I was home alone with the children, Jake walked in. He didn't say anything. Nothing seemed different from any of his other visits. Then he slugged me. And punched me again. In the past, he'd held something back when he hit me. This time, every punch was calculated to disable and cause pain, and the punches kept coming. I didn't think anyone was capable of hurting me that badly. There was nothing I could do. I was helpless and the punches kept raining down. Then fear set in. I stopped trying to protect myself. I couldn't feel the individual blows. I was paralyzed and numb. I realized that Jake might actually kill me."
(On time spent with Robert DeNiro during the formative stages of Raging Bull)
Finally, around two in the morning, Bobby asked, "Where should I sleep?"
"Where would you like to sleep?"
"Wherever you want me."
"You have a choice," I told him. "There's a bed here and a bed in the den."
"If I sleep here, where will you sleep?"
"I don't know. I guess I could sleep in the den."
There was a long pause. And I have to admit, by then I was telling myself, if he attacks me, that's cool.


The story of Vikki LaMotta's life reads like a highlight reel from a television mini-series. Born into poverty. Raped at age fourteen. Pregnant and married at sixteen. Subjected to brutal beatings by her husband world middleweight champion Jake LaMotta. Vikki left Jake, worked as a chorus girl to support three young children, was pursued by Frank Sinatra and became romantically involved with mob boss Sam Giancana.
At one on time or another, she crossed paths with the likes of Babe Ruth, Jimmy Durante, Johnny Carson, and Robert Deniro. At age 51, she posed nude for Playboy. The issue sold more copies to women than any issue of Playboy ever. Vikki' own story is now told and written with acclaimed author Thomas Hauser and reveals much new information about her amazing life.
Knockout is a straight-from-the-heart account of a life filled with sex and violence that ultimately became a survivor's journey to redemption long before the #Me Too Movement. "Not an edited life but honest facts and events." Vikki wrote to Hauser on completion of the manuscript. "After a final reading, a deep sigh with an amazing amount of relief and exhilaration. Not relief of a project completed but relief of a past saved, not lived in vain."
"Vikki LaMotta was a good person." writes Hauser. "That's as simply and honestly as I can put it. She battled her demons and won. This is her story."
This edition includes a new afterword by Hauser coincides with the 40th anniversary of the award winning movie, Raging Bull directed by Martin Scorsese. Robert DeNiro won his first Oscar as Best Actor for his role of Jake LaMotta, and Cathy Moriarty who at only 18 years old was nominated for Best Supporting Actress Oscar in her portrayal of Vikki LaMotta.

Vikki LaMotta (on her ex-husband, Jake)
"One night when I was home alone with the children, Jake walked in. He didn't say anything. Nothing seemed different from any of his other visits. Then he slugged me. And punched me again. In the past, he'd held something back when he hit me. This time, every punch was calculated to disable and cause pain, and the punches kept coming. I didn't think anyone was capable of hurting me that badly. There was nothing I could do. I was helpless and the punches kept raining down. Then fear set in. I stopped trying to protect myself. I couldn't feel the individual blows. I was paralyzed and numb. I realized that Jake might actually kill me."
(On time spent with Robert DeNiro during the formative stages of Raging Bull)
Finally, around two in the morning, Bobby asked, "Where should I sleep?"
"Where would you like to sleep?"
"Wherever you want me."
"You have a choice," I told him. "There's a bed here and a bed in the den."
"If I sleep here, where will you sleep?"
"I don't know. I guess I could sleep in the den."
There was a long pause. And I have to admit, by then I was telling myself, if he attacks me, that's cool.


The story of Vikki LaMotta's life reads like a highlight reel from a television mini-series. Born into poverty. Raped at age fourteen. Pregnant and married at sixteen. Subjected to brutal beatings by her husband world middleweight champion Jake LaMotta. Vikki left Jake, worked as a chorus girl to support three young children, was pursued by Frank Sinatra and became romantically involved with mob boss Sam Giancana.
At one on time or another, she crossed paths with the likes of Babe Ruth, Jimmy Durante, Johnny Carson, and Robert Deniro. At age 51, she posed nude for Playboy. The issue sold more copies to women than any issue of Playboy ever. Vikki' own story is now told and written with acclaimed author Thomas Hauser and reveals much new information about her amazing life.
Knockout is a straight-from-the-heart account of a life filled with sex and violence that ultimately became a survivor's journey to redemption long before the #Me Too Movement. "Not an edited life but honest facts and events." Vikki wrote to Hauser on completion of the manuscript. "After a final reading, a deep sigh with an amazing amount of relief and exhilaration. Not relief of a project completed but relief of a past saved, not lived in vain."
"Vikki LaMotta was a good person." writes Hauser. "That's as simply and honestly as I can put it. She battled her demons and won. This is her story."
This edition includes a new afterword by Hauser coincides with the 40th anniversary of the award winning movie, Raging Bull directed by Martin Scorsese. Robert DeNiro won his first Oscar as Best Actor for his role of Jake LaMotta, and Cathy Moriarty who at only 18 years old was nominated for Best Supporting Actress Oscar in her portrayal of Vikki LaMotta.

Vikki LaMotta (on her ex-husband, Jake)
"One night when I was home alone with the children, Jake walked in. He didn't say anything. Nothing seemed different from any of his other visits. Then he slugged me. And punched me again. In the past, he'd held something back when he hit me. This time, every punch was calculated to disable and cause pain, and the punches kept coming. I didn't think anyone was capable of hurting me that badly. There was nothing I could do. I was helpless and the punches kept raining down. Then fear set in. I stopped trying to protect myself. I couldn't feel the individual blows. I was paralyzed and numb. I realized that Jake might actually kill me."
(On time spent with Robert DeNiro during the formative stages of Raging Bull)
Finally, around two in the morning, Bobby asked, "Where should I sleep?"
"Where would you like to sleep?"
"Wherever you want me."
"You have a choice," I told him. "There's a bed here and a bed in the den."
"If I sleep here, where will you sleep?"
"I don't know. I guess I could sleep in the den."
There was a long pause. And I have to admit, by then I was telling myself, if he attacks me, that's cool.


The story of Vikki LaMotta's life reads like a highlight reel from a television mini-series. Born into poverty. Raped at age fourteen. Pregnant and married at sixteen. Subjected to brutal beatings by her husband world middleweight champion Jake LaMotta. Vikki left Jake, worked as a chorus girl to support three young children, was pursued by Frank Sinatra and became romantically involved with mob boss Sam Giancana.
At one on time or another, she crossed paths with the likes of Babe Ruth, Jimmy Durante, Johnny Carson, and Robert Deniro. At age 51, she posed nude for Playboy. The issue sold more copies to women than any issue of Playboy ever. Vikki' own story is now told and written with acclaimed author Thomas Hauser and reveals much new information about her amazing life.
Knockout is a straight-from-the-heart account of a life filled with sex and violence that ultimately became a survivor's journey to redemption long before the #Me Too Movement. "Not an edited life but honest facts and events." Vikki wrote to Hauser on completion of the manuscript. "After a final reading, a deep sigh with an amazing amount of relief and exhilaration. Not relief of a project completed but relief of a past saved, not lived in vain."
"Vikki LaMotta was a good person." writes Hauser. "That's as simply and honestly as I can put it. She battled her demons and won. This is her story."
This edition includes a new afterword by Hauser coincides with the 40th anniversary of the award winning movie, Raging Bull directed by Martin Scorsese. Robert DeNiro won his first Oscar as Best Actor for his role of Jake LaMotta, and Cathy Moriarty who at only 18 years old was nominated for Best Supporting Actress Oscar in her portrayal of Vikki LaMotta.

Vikki LaMotta (on her ex-husband, Jake)
"One night when I was home alone with the children, Jake walked in. He didn't say anything. Nothing seemed different from any of his other visits. Then he slugged me. And punched me again. In the past, he'd held something back when he hit me. This time, every punch was calculated to disable and cause pain, and the punches kept coming. I didn't think anyone was capable of hurting me that badly. There was nothing I could do. I was helpless and the punches kept raining down. Then fear set in. I stopped trying to protect myself. I couldn't feel the individual blows. I was paralyzed and numb. I realized that Jake might actually kill me."
(On time spent with Robert DeNiro during the formative stages of Raging Bull)
Finally, around two in the morning, Bobby asked, "Where should I sleep?"
"Where would you like to sleep?"
"Wherever you want me."
"You have a choice," I told him. "There's a bed here and a bed in the den."
"If I sleep here, where will you sleep?"
"I don't know. I guess I could sleep in the den."
There was a long pause. And I have to admit, by then I was telling myself, if he attacks me, that's cool.


The story of Vikki LaMotta's life reads like a highlight reel from a television mini-series. Born into poverty. Raped at age fourteen. Pregnant and married at sixteen. Subjected to brutal beatings by her husband world middleweight champion Jake LaMotta. Vikki left Jake, worked as a chorus girl to support three young children, was pursued by Frank Sinatra and became romantically involved with mob boss Sam Giancana.
At one on time or another, she crossed paths with the likes of Babe Ruth, Jimmy Durante, Johnny Carson, and Robert Deniro. At age 51, she posed nude for Playboy. The issue sold more copies to women than any issue of Playboy ever. Vikki' own story is now told and written with acclaimed author Thomas Hauser and reveals much new information about her amazing life.
Knockout is a straight-from-the-heart account of a life filled with sex and violence that ultimately became a survivor's journey to redemption long before the #Me Too Movement. "Not an edited life but honest facts and events." Vikki wrote to Hauser on completion of the manuscript. "After a final reading, a deep sigh with an amazing amount of relief and exhilaration. Not relief of a project completed but relief of a past saved, not lived in vain."
"Vikki LaMotta was a good person." writes Hauser. "That's as simply and honestly as I can put it. She battled her demons and won. This is her story."
This edition includes a new afterword by Hauser coincides with the 40th anniversary of the award winning movie, Raging Bull directed by Martin Scorsese. Robert DeNiro won his first Oscar as Best Actor for his role of Jake LaMotta, and Cathy Moriarty who at only 18 years old was nominated for Best Supporting Actress Oscar in her portrayal of Vikki LaMotta.

Vikki LaMotta (on her ex-husband, Jake)
"One night when I was home alone with the children, Jake walked in. He didn't say anything. Nothing seemed different from any of his other visits. Then he slugged me. And punched me again. In the past, he'd held something back when he hit me. This time, every punch was calculated to disable and cause pain, and the punches kept coming. I didn't think anyone was capable of hurting me that badly. There was nothing I could do. I was helpless and the punches kept raining down. Then fear set in. I stopped trying to protect myself. I couldn't feel the individual blows. I was paralyzed and numb. I realized that Jake might actually kill me."
(On time spent with Robert DeNiro during the formative stages of Raging Bull)
Finally, around two in the morning, Bobby asked, "Where should I sleep?"
"Where would you like to sleep?"
"Wherever you want me."
"You have a choice," I told him. "There's a bed here and a bed in the den."
"If I sleep here, where will you sleep?"
"I don't know. I guess I could sleep in the den."
There was a long pause. And I have to admit, by then I was telling myself, if he attacks me, that's cool.


The story of Vikki LaMotta's life reads like a highlight reel from a television mini-series. Born into poverty. Raped at age fourteen. Pregnant and married at sixteen. Subjected to brutal beatings by her husband world middleweight champion Jake LaMotta. Vikki left Jake, worked as a chorus girl to support three young children, was pursued by Frank Sinatra and became romantically involved with mob boss Sam Giancana.
At one on time or another, she crossed paths with the likes of Babe Ruth, Jimmy Durante, Johnny Carson, and Robert Deniro. At age 51, she posed nude for Playboy. The issue sold more copies to women than any issue of Playboy ever. Vikki' own story is now told and written with acclaimed author Thomas Hauser and reveals much new information about her amazing life.
Knockout is a straight-from-the-heart account of a life filled with sex and violence that ultimately became a survivor's journey to redemption long before the #Me Too Movement. "Not an edited life but honest facts and events." Vikki wrote to Hauser on completion of the manuscript. "After a final reading, a deep sigh with an amazing amount of relief and exhilaration. Not relief of a project completed but relief of a past saved, not lived in vain."
"Vikki LaMotta was a good person." writes Hauser. "That's as simply and honestly as I can put it. She battled her demons and won. This is her story."
This edition includes a new afterword by Hauser coincides with the 40th anniversary of the award winning movie, Raging Bull directed by Martin Scorsese. Robert DeNiro won his first Oscar as Best Actor for his role of Jake LaMotta, and Cathy Moriarty who at only 18 years old was nominated for Best Supporting Actress Oscar in her portrayal of Vikki LaMotta.

Vikki LaMotta (on her ex-husband, Jake)
"One night when I was home alone with the children, Jake walked in. He didn't say anything. Nothing seemed different from any of his other visits. Then he slugged me. And punched me again. In the past, he'd held something back when he hit me. This time, every punch was calculated to disable and cause pain, and the punches kept coming. I didn't think anyone was capable of hurting me that badly. There was nothing I could do. I was helpless and the punches kept raining down. Then fear set in. I stopped trying to protect myself. I couldn't feel the individual blows. I was paralyzed and numb. I realized that Jake might actually kill me."
(On time spent with Robert DeNiro during the formative stages of Raging Bull)
Finally, around two in the morning, Bobby asked, "Where should I sleep?"
"Where would you like to sleep?"
"Wherever you want me."
"You have a choice," I told him. "There's a bed here and a bed in the den."
"If I sleep here, where will you sleep?"
"I don't know. I guess I could sleep in the den."
There was a long pause. And I have to admit, by then I was telling myself, if he attacks me, that's cool.


The story of Vikki LaMotta's life reads like a highlight reel from a television mini-series. Born into poverty. Raped at age fourteen. Pregnant and married at sixteen. Subjected to brutal beatings by her husband world middleweight champion Jake LaMotta. Vikki left Jake, worked as a chorus girl to support three young children, was pursued by Frank Sinatra and became romantically involved with mob boss Sam Giancana.
At one on time or another, she crossed paths with the likes of Babe Ruth, Jimmy Durante, Johnny Carson, and Robert Deniro. At age 51, she posed nude for Playboy. The issue sold more copies to women than any issue of Playboy ever. Vikki' own story is now told and written with acclaimed author Thomas Hauser and reveals much new information about her amazing life.
Knockout is a straight-from-the-heart account of a life filled with sex and violence that ultimately became a survivor's journey to redemption long before the #Me Too Movement. "Not an edited life but honest facts and events." Vikki wrote to Hauser on completion of the manuscript. "After a final reading, a deep sigh with an amazing amount of relief and exhilaration. Not relief of a project completed but relief of a past saved, not lived in vain."
"Vikki LaMotta was a good person." writes Hauser. "That's as simply and honestly as I can put it. She battled her demons and won. This is her story."
This edition includes a new afterword by Hauser coincides with the 40th anniversary of the award winning movie, Raging Bull directed by Martin Scorsese. Robert DeNiro won his first Oscar as Best Actor for his role of Jake LaMotta, and Cathy Moriarty who at only 18 years old was nominated for Best Supporting Actress Oscar in her portrayal of Vikki LaMotta.

Vikki LaMotta (on her ex-husband, Jake)
"One night when I was home alone with the children, Jake walked in. He didn't say anything. Nothing seemed different from any of his other visits. Then he slugged me. And punched me again. In the past, he'd held something back when he hit me. This time, every punch was calculated to disable and cause pain, and the punches kept coming. I didn't think anyone was capable of hurting me that badly. There was nothing I could do. I was helpless and the punches kept raining down. Then fear set in. I stopped trying to protect myself. I couldn't feel the individual blows. I was paralyzed and numb. I realized that Jake might actually kill me."
(On time spent with Robert DeNiro during the formative stages of Raging Bull)
Finally, around two in the morning, Bobby asked, "Where should I sleep?"
"Where would you like to sleep?"
"Wherever you want me."
"You have a choice," I told him. "There's a bed here and a bed in the den."
"If I sleep here, where will you sleep?"
"I don't know. I guess I could sleep in the den."
There was a long pause. And I have to admit, by then I was telling myself, if he attacks me, that's cool.


The story of Vikki LaMotta's life reads like a highlight reel from a television mini-series. Born into poverty. Raped at age fourteen. Pregnant and married at sixteen. Subjected to brutal beatings by her husband world middleweight champion Jake LaMotta. Vikki left Jake, worked as a chorus girl to support three young children, was pursued by Frank Sinatra and became romantically involved with mob boss Sam Giancana.
At one on time or another, she crossed paths with the likes of Babe Ruth, Jimmy Durante, Johnny Carson, and Robert Deniro. At age 51, she posed nude for Playboy. The issue sold more copies to women than any issue of Playboy ever. Vikki' own story is now told and written with acclaimed author Thomas Hauser and reveals much new information about her amazing life.
Knockout is a straight-from-the-heart account of a life filled with sex and violence that ultimately became a survivor's journey to redemption long before the #Me Too Movement. "Not an edited life but honest facts and events." Vikki wrote to Hauser on completion of the manuscript. "After a final reading, a deep sigh with an amazing amount of relief and exhilaration. Not relief of a project completed but relief of a past saved, not lived in vain."
"Vikki LaMotta was a good person." writes Hauser. "That's as simply and honestly as I can put it. She battled her demons and won. This is her story."
This edition includes a new afterword by Hauser coincides with the 40th anniversary of the award winning movie, Raging Bull directed by Martin Scorsese. Robert DeNiro won his first Oscar as Best Actor for his role of Jake LaMotta, and Cathy Moriarty who at only 18 years old was nominated for Best Supporting Actress Oscar in her portrayal of Vikki LaMotta.

Vikki LaMotta (on her ex-husband, Jake)
"One night when I was home alone with the children, Jake walked in. He didn't say anything. Nothing seemed different from any of his other visits. Then he slugged me. And punched me again. In the past, he'd held something back when he hit me. This time, every punch was calculated to disable and cause pain, and the punches kept coming. I didn't think anyone was capable of hurting me that badly. There was nothing I could do. I was helpless and the punches kept raining down. Then fear set in. I stopped trying to protect myself. I couldn't feel the individual blows. I was paralyzed and numb. I realized that Jake might actually kill me."
(On time spent with Robert DeNiro during the formative stages of Raging Bull)
Finally, around two in the morning, Bobby asked, "Where should I sleep?"
"Where would you like to sleep?"
"Wherever you want me."
"You have a choice," I told him. "There's a bed here and a bed in the den."
"If I sleep here, where will you sleep?"
"I don't know. I guess I could sleep in the den."
There was a long pause. And I have to admit, by then I was telling myself, if he attacks me, that's cool.

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