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Double Life: A Love Story from Broadway to Hollywood Hardcover

ISBN-13: 978-1936833023 ISBN-10: 1936833026 Edition: 1st Ed

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Magnus Books; 1st Ed edition (November 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936833026
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936833023
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.3 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #369,010 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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<DIV>Advance Praise

“Though Double Life is a perfect plea for equal rights, it never preaches but merely looks candidly at the terrific, if at times turbulent, relationship of two fabulous, sexy men who dared love each other openly. I laughed and gasped at its inside-show-business stories and was intrigued by the cutthroat advertising and art worlds. Brilliantly written, filled with humor—and occasional heartbreak—Double Life follows a fifty-year marriage, revealing its love and warts.

—Joan Rivers

“A love that once dared not speak its name sings freely—and beautifully—in Double Life, a fascinating, frank and page-turning memoir about the life-long love affair of two extraordinary men.
—Candace Bushnell

"How exceptionally fine at this precarious moment in our history to be able to read the moving story of a lifelong love affair between two men, spanning some fifty years of faithful togetherness, utter and complete devotion and responsible and fulfilling achievement. Alan Shayne and Norman Sunshine have written a valuable document to show the world that yes, we can do it too.

—Larry Kramer


“I read the Alan Shayne and Norman Sunshine s Double Life in one big gulp. This memoir becomes their legends most!

—Liz Smith

"Anyone living in a long term relationship, gay or straight, will find him/herself in the pages Alan Shayne and Norman Sunshine have written. They know what it's like to be together for a long time and they tell it like it is, with wit, courage, honesty and tenderness. From Broadway to the Village to Madison Avenue to Hollywood they have tales to tell and they tell them brilliantly. I love this book!

—Alfred Uhry, Pulitzer Prize and Academy Award-winning author of Driving Miss Daisy


“A life well lived does not always make a book well written, but here, in this truthful and affecting work, are two carefully maintained lives without a mortgage, paired by fate and synchronized from two points of view like a pair of mated butterflies. Reading about their lives has taught me a lot about my own—one riveting, wisely observed revelation after another by two extraordinary men with a lot to give. When I grow up, I want to be just like Alan Shayne and Norman Sunshine.

—Rex Reed

“What gives the book additional measure of depth is the consistently strong melody of the love story that plays underneath almost every incident, and provides the various pressures, cultural and otherwise, that challenge its survival.

—A.R. Gurney, author of the play Love Letters



Publishers Weekly

This entertaining, invigorating story of Shayne and Sunshine's enduring relationship seems like something from off the silver screen. Their relationship began in 1958 when homosexuality was considered a disease; at the time of their first meeting, the divorced Shayne was trying to cure himself of his homosexuality via deep analysis. Shayne, an aspiring actor at the beginning of the book, became a casting director, and, eventually, the president of Warner Brothers Television. Sunshine started out as a freelance illustrator in New York and developed into an accomplished painter, media consultant, and Emmy Award winner. Despite their career successes, the couple lived a less-than open life. In 1968, when Sunshine admitted to a New York Times reporter that he lived with Shayne, they were met with deafening silence from colleagues and friends. The authors include entertaining stories about stars, from a young Marlon Brando, to a generous Rock Hudson, to a bitter Lena Horne. As much a love letter as a look at how society's views on homosexuality have changed over the last 50 years, this is a fascinating book. (Oct.)</DIV> --From Joan Rivers, Candace Bushnell and Larry Kramer

"This is a fascinating book...The authors includew entertaining stories about stars, from a young Marlon Brando, to a generous Rock Hudson, to a bitter Lena Horne." "Unique....serves as a personal account of how far the movement for LGBT equality has come." "Painful, amusing, gutsy, gossipy, sad anbd joyful honesty...They both write so well it would be a page -turner just because of the magnetic worlds they inhabited. --Publishers Weekly...Glaad blog...Huffington Post

About the Author

<DIV>Alan Shayne retired as President of Warner Brothers Television in 1986. There he was responsible for launching the hit shows Wonder Woman, Dukes of Hazard, Alice, and Night Court, among others. He began his career in television with David Susskind s production company, after heading the Broadway casting office for David Merrick. Prior to that, he was an actor on Broadway and in television.

Norman Sunshine is a painter and sculptor whose work is in permanent collections around the country. Earlier in his career, he was a fashion illustrator and Creative Director of the Jane Trahey Agency, where he coined the phrase “What Becomes a Legend Most? for Blackglama Minks and “Danskins are not just for Dancing. He won an Emmy for graphic and title design in the 1970s. In 1988, he served as Creative Director of Lear s Magazine.

Mike Nichols is a television, stage and film director, writer, and producer who has won all the major American entertainment awards: an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony Award. In 2001, he was awarded the National Medal of Arts. He received the Life Achievement Award from the American Film Institute in 2010.</DIV>

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There are love stories...and love stories.
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It is filled with wonderful stories about the people they knew but it is also a very personal and uplifting story.
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For the rest of the readership it will be an excellent reminder that it really does get better!
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Michael Kahn on January 14, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Double Life a love story is one of my favorite books of the year. By turns, witty, wise, dishy and poignant and always completely fascinating, this dual autobiography of two men who have achieved great success in their various careers in television, theater, advertising and painting (which make for great stories and involve some well-known folks along the way} but perhaps their greatest success has been their 50 year relationship which is detailed here with frankness and charm. I have given it as a gift to many friends for the authors have given a wonderful gift to us.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By JM Reviews Books on January 12, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Gay or straight this is a must-read. It's the story of an enduring love that that withstood so many obstacles. Two successful men who met and realized that they were meant to be together. Few marriages last as long as fifty years and this book is a testament to their belief in their talents, their relationship, and in each other. It is filled with wonderful stories about the people they knew but it is also a very personal and uplifting story. Buy the book - You won't be sorry.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By alex & mike on January 12, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Having the supreme joy of getting to know Alan Shayne and Norman Sunshine over the past several years has been one of the more rewarding experiences. Now it is clear to us why these charismatic and loving people came to be. This story clearly defines the situations and happenings that form such a loving and respectful bond. It is one thing to have grown personally through lifes' expeiences, however, to be able to share that essence with those around you is a treasure. This book is inspirational, informative and gives as much love as it demonstrates It is a primer and guide for all of us who wish to grow and have this kind of relationship for ourselves, The Pifers
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Hayworth on January 11, 2012
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There are love stories...and love stories. This one truly earns its sub-title. Alan and Norman - we can call them by their first names because they have taken us into their lives and made us intimate friends - have created a seminal story that gives us truth in every word. I have seldom read a book which so lovingly and honestly portrays the highs and lows of a relationship - this one played out against a backdrop of bigotry and unacceptance. And along with their love for each other, they share with us their love of life, of beauty, of devotion to their chosen careers, and of a world in which they were able to conquer many setbacks and emerge whole, happy and fulfilled.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Steve Bakunas on January 17, 2012
Format: Hardcover
How great to learn the history of two great men, and their major accomplishments,but how much greater to learn how these men evolved a love relationship that has withstood all the testing of time, and change. Their honest recollections are refreshing, and inspiring.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Zena Wiener on January 14, 2012
Format: Hardcover
A Double Life was incredibly engrossing.
To follow the life of these two extraordinary men was elevating.

One learns that love is love, under any circumstances, regardless of sexual identification.
Who could not admire the strength to live a life in hiding, and then to finally emerge victorious.No one who has read this fascinating book, would deny " Love Conquers All"

Fun too to read of all the interesting people these two special men worked with....those stories were so fascinating.
A Book NOT to miss!

Bravo to Norman and Alan...... The best read of the year!!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By prairiescout on January 11, 2012
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If those currently railing against marriage equality were to read this book perhaps the wind would be knocked from their sails. This very human story strikes a sympathetic chord with anyone with a heart. I highly recommend it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By ChevyVega on May 16, 2012
Format: Hardcover
How fascinating this book is historically and especially pertinent today. With President Obama finally coming out with his support of same sex marriage, this book sheds a revealing light on the subject, by showing how a relationship of two talented men survives over 50 years. It also lays out, without preaching, why theirs deserves the same rights as any straight relationship. The book is adventurous as they pursue their different careers, very funny in parts and extremely moving in others. They have both met and interacted with fascinating people, from movie stars to mad men ad types, and they also tell of the inner workings of the entertainment industry, plus the art and publishing worlds. All good stuff to know, and written with great ease and insight. The two men write their alternating chapters in two part harmony which builds to a final and beautifully revealing climax. As a "straight reader" I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes a memoir. It's one of the freshest yet.
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