Famous Men And Women As I Knew Them
On Sale: March 27, 2012
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Rita Hayworth dancing by candlelight in a small Mexican
village; Elizabeth Taylor devouring homemade pasta and
tenderly wrapping him in her pashmina scarf; streaking for
Sir Laurence Olivier in a drafty English castle; terrifying
a dozing Jackie Onassis; carrying an unconscious Montgomery
Clift to safety on a dark New York City street.
Captured forever in a unique memoir, Frank Langella's myriad
encounters with some of the past century's most famous human
beings are profoundly affecting, funny, wicked, sometimes
shocking, and utterly irresistible. With sharp wit and a
perceptive eye, Mr. Langella takes us with him into the
private worlds and privileged lives of movie stars,
presidents, royalty, literary lions, the social elite, and
the greats of the Broadway stage.
What, for instance, was Jack Kennedy doing on that coffee
table? Why did the Queen Mother need Mr. Langella's help?
When was Paul Mellon going to pay him money owed? How did
Brooke Astor lose her virginity? Why was Robert Mitchum
singing Gilbert & Sullivan patter songs at top volume, and
what did Marilyn Monroe say to him that helped change the
course of his life?
Through these shared experiences, we learn something, too,
of Mr. Langella's personal journey from the age of fifteen
to the present day.
Dropped Names is, like its subjects, riveting and unforgettable.
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