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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.
Very well written, a fast read and very, very enjoyable overall.
There were some details about ladies he dated that seemed like too much information--not salacious details, just stuff that seemed a little unflattering.
Mr. Langella is honest, sometimes brutally, about these individuals and about himself, keenly insightful and ultimately deeply compassionate.
a bit disappointing as I've always respected his career but there was a sadness and sense of disassociation in these writings.Published 18 hours ago by Jean Mensing
Loved, loved, this book on the Hollywood Stars! Frank Langella wrote it perfectly! It was so enjoyable to read his take on the stars he met and loved during his career! Read morePublished 18 days ago by pab931
He's never "done it" for me. Only real claim to fame is dropping names of celebs?!Published 19 days ago by Ellie Andrews
I bought this book and it sat around my house for months. When I finally decided to read it, I was so surprised that it is such an excellent read. Read morePublished 27 days ago by katzr
It was with great surprise and anticipation that I sat down to devour Mr. Langella's work about those with whom he has worked. That man can write, and does so beautifully. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Louie VanReed
Great,great, reading. I remember most of the great actresses and actors mentioned. Need more books like this. Short,sweet and to the point.Published 1 month ago by Patricia A Williams
Too much negative fuss about this book! Well written...great summer read!Published 1 month ago by Gabby Florida
Frank Langella is certainly a very bright and witty man. We all know how talented an actor he is. And now we also know how good a writer he is and what a wonderful and charming... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Nomlac