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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.
"People I Encountered" might be a better title, as Langella didn't so much "know" all the people in this book but certainly rubbed shoulders with people that did. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Erin
This book is about the memories of Mr. Langella during a long acting career. All of the acquaintances from his career are dead. Read morePublished 6 days ago by scientist99
A wonderfully entertaining book. Langella's writing is funny, concise, and poignant. I loved that the pieces are short yet right on the money. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Kitchen king
I like biography and autobiography, not so much memoir. But this book uses a metaphor, that of dropping names, as a clever and very readable set of stories about some of the... Read morePublished 27 days ago by Amazon Customer
Insightful portraits of the "stars" we get as if a fly on a wall.Published 1 month ago by john whidden
I love this book. So well written, so many beautiful, deep, and funny stories about the life of this incredible actor and his circle of famous friends!Published 1 month ago by Kiril P. Mitov
No deep and meaningful insights here, just interesting, if brief, looks at people who have impressed Mr. Langella over his long career. Perhaps Mr. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jo Barnes