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Arlene Francis: A Memoir Hardcover – March 15, 1978


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  • Hardcover: 204 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (March 15, 1978)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671228080
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671228088
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #791,308 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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52 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Michael E. O'Malley on June 8, 2000
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As a very young child when Miss Arlene Francis was beginning her exit and retirement from the public's eye, I missed the opportunity to be exposed to her many theatrical and TV performances. In fact, I was not really exposed to Miss Francis until I happened to tune into "What's My Line?" reruns in the past year. After watching several shows, I decided I wanted to know more about a lovely woman who clearly established herself at the foundation of American television. ARLENE FRANCIS, A MEMOIR, is an excellent source of information for anybody who wants to learn about the trials and tribulations of an extremely charming woman who has her heart set on becoming a Broadway star. I learned so much more about her accomplishments beyond the success of "What's My Line?" and the exciting and balanced life she led. Arlene had such an extensive acting career that "What's My Line?", which she is so know for, takes only a dozen pages in the book. The book is well written in such a style that educates and entertains. Miss Francis has included several photos from her lifetime which complement her story. We also learn quite a bit about her family, second husband Martin Gabel and their rather successful son, Peter Gabel. After completing the book, I had a newfound respect and admiration for Miss Francis. It is no wonder she was so popular in my parents' and grandparent's generation. She is truly an American icon of yesteryear from whom today's stars could learn a great deal on charm, integrity, and class. (Miss Francis's memoir was published in 1978, since then she has turned 92 in Oct. 2000, and sadly lost her husband in 1986.)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By C. Legreid on July 4, 2011
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There were few faces as familiar to television audiences during the 1950's well into the 1960s as that of Arlene Francis. One might dismiss Arlene Francis as a 'mere personality' but oh, what a personality. A personality backed by insightful intelligence, grit and a work ethic that many circa 2011 might find amazing. Arlene Francis: A Memoir opens the gate to the very heart and soul of a woman who was truly a delight. Her memoirs are candid and provide a terrific glimpse into a turbelent era, the transition from radio into television, the years of World War Two.
The only criticism, this was but one book, oh if only someone had persuaded Arlene Francis to write more, especially about her brief but amusing movie career.
Now one can only hope that more than one season of What's My Line be made available so that one can pay a more extended visit with Arlene Francis and her cast mates.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By AlexsDad on November 27, 2012
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I grew up watching Arlene Francis on "What's My Line?" and occasionally other game shows. Arlene was always poised, friendly and seemed to have been having a ball. I was curious to know more about Arlene. So I bought this book to hear about Arlene and her life & times in her own words. I would have liked to have read more stories about game shows and panelists. It was a good read.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Abby's mom on September 1, 2011
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I was and still am a huge fan of Miss Francis. She was the first lady of television years ago and continued to shine throughout the 50's and 60's on television and on the Broadway stage. Beautiful, brilliant, witty, sexy and 100% endearing to all who knew her, she had a touch of class and elegance all her own. If you ever had the opportunity to view Miss Francis on "What's My Line," you know the lady to whom I refer. This memoir will give you insight into the creation and grooming of this special personality and a few surprises, as well. She passed away ten years ago at the age of 93. She was the toast of New York City in her day, and lives on in those of us who remember. The memoir is a beautiful tribute to both her professional and personal lives. She once said that "life was the best party she ever attended," and she lived it well...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Frank C. Taglieri on September 27, 2012
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I just adore this woman. Besides being just drop dead gorgeous. She is so talented. I enjoyed reading book very much. Very well written. Frank
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