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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.
Great book, really loved it. Mr. Langella had me laying awake at night trying to figure out who this was, or who that was,when he would describe the celebs without revealing the... Read morePublished 6 days ago by Cam42150
Frank Langella has an elegant way with words and an insightful approach to summing up the famous people he has met and worked with. Read morePublished 17 days ago by David Sale
Best for someone who remembers the big stars of the 40's through 60's. It's basically gossip, but with insight and charm. Read morePublished 23 days ago by William
Frank Langella comes across in this book as a gracious man. However, the sentence structure and choice of words do not seem to be coming from him. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
A good solid read. Mr. Langella is a true old school teller of stories. He writes in a comfortable fashion, as if he were sitting across from you reminiscing about old and new... Read morePublished 1 month ago by CL
Entertaining book about a lot of celebrities that Frank came in contact with. Some of it is a little catty.... Easy to read, very short chapters. Great vacation book.Published 1 month ago by Diane
A very entertaining memoir, that includes fascinating stories about Montgomery Clift, Anthony Perkins, Maureen Stapleton, Bette Davis, Elizabeth Taylor, Lawrence Olivier and dozens... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Craig B. Highberger