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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.
Well written, and empathetic. Mr. Langella has thoughtfully written about people he has known, and rather tear the ones apart he did not like, he is fair to all involved. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Desert Duck
Generally liked the book but wonder how accurate some of his early memories are? In the first chapter he mentions travelling from his home in Bayonne to Journal Square in Newark on... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ray Poquette
Good for a plane read (Lots of short "Stories"), but Langella points the finger @ everyone but himself... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Philly Kat
Amusing book by an insider of both Hollywood and New York theatre.Published 1 month ago by Donna K. Harvey
A romp through famous lives. and their bedrooms. Gossiping laughing and irreverent looks at the famous and infamous, funny and sad, interesting from beginning to end.Published 2 months ago by Ellen Gross
Interesting reading from Frank Langella that describes his encounter and relationships with other famous people.Published 2 months ago by Donna M. Mallery