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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.
Fascinating details of his encounters with celebrities but modestly recounted.Published 6 days ago by M A J THOM
Well, okay. Turns out Frank is pretty good with words. He claims - without actually saying it - to have slept with Jackie O, Liz Taylor Taylor, and so many more. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Bartholomew Breva
If you want to hold onto any of your illusions about famous movie stars, don't read this book.
From Rita Hayworth to Rex Harrison, from Elizabeth Taylor to Laurence... Read more
Entertaining, interesting though his own psychoanalytic take on several of the individuals in his book was a bit much. Overall, a good read.Published 28 days ago by APR
Always enjoyed Frank Langella's performances, but was very happily surprised by his wonderful writing style. He should write plays as well as act. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Libby Huffman
One of the best tell like HE sees it!! Great book extremely easy to read and chockfull of great anecdotes about the worlds rich and famous! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Richard F. Norman
What an extraordinary life this man has led. Mr. Langella is one of the few actors left today who can truly tell tales about other “classic” characters of old Hollywood and fame... Read morePublished 2 months ago by GEL
Dropped Names is literary candy with lots of juicy details about this actor’s famous hook-ups with now deceased celebrities and public figures. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Terri Gautier
Oh, Frank. What a swordsman you are. And how the brilliant people of show business adore you and rush to sate you and your ego. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Lawrence DeVine