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“Splendid. . . . As much a memoir as a primer on the vicissitudes of an actor’s life, the book is a collage based on real-life situations that offer touching insights into stars like Rita Hayworth, and into the practical magic that informs Langella’s signature sensibility.” (The New Yorker)
“Rarely have I read a book about celebrities that is as insightful, candid, revealing, and as well-written as this one. Frank Langella’s memoir is not the usual author’s ego trip, but rather his remembrances of the many accomplished men and women that he has come to know.” (Gay Talese, author of A Writer's Life)
“A delightfully unabashed page-turner about people we wish we had known in the throes of work, love, and growing old.” (A.R. Gurney, award-winning playwright)
“Engaging. . . .Not just Langella’s “famous people I have known,” but a heartfelt love letter to the theater and to the days when stars were stars, not merely celebrities.” (Kirkus Reviews)
“Dropped Names is a sizzling platter of stellar vignettespungent, for sure, but poignant too. . . . Mr. Langella is surgically precise, and eloquent. . . . The human condition in most of its vagaries is beautifully rendered between these pages.” (Liz Smith)
“ If Frank Langella’s memoir simply did what its title promises, it would be deep-dish gossip. But his memories of the stars he’s encountered during a lengthy career on Broadway and in film shed perceptive light on the costs of pursuing and maintaining fame.” (Detroit Free Press)
“Langella’s uncommonly eloquent book is enjoyable for the panoply of great names who turn up. . . . A natural raconteur, he seems to fit precisely Henry James’s famous description of the novelist as one ‘on whom nothing is lost.’” (New York Times)
“Frank Langella’s DROPPED NAMES is a different kind of memoir. . . . Not many of his peers could write such an eloquently dishy book.” (Los Angeles Times)
“The 65 chapters in this satisfyingly scandalous memoir paint Broadway and Hollywood as teeming with vulgar, neurotic and irresistible company, and Langella as relentlessly affable in the face of nonstop groping by celebrities in far-flung locations.” (Paperback Row, New York Times)
Captured forever in a unique memoir, Broadway and film star 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.
How did Mr. Langella terrify a dozing Jackie Onassis? Why did he streak for Sir Laurence Olivier in an English castle? What led Elizabeth Taylor to wrap him in her pashmina scarf? Why did the Queen Mother need Mr. Langella's help? 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. Like its author—and its subjects—Dropped Names is simply riveting and unforgettable.See all Editorial Reviews
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 16 days 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 1 month 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 1 month ago by John T. Chance
I consider Frank Langella to be a fine actor and a significant stage presence. However his encounters often strain credulity (especially Marilyn Monroe and JFK). Read morePublished 1 month ago by franguccio
It's interesting to read about people you have admired through the memory of someone else. Mr. Langella has the balls to tell his truth and write an enjoyable book.Published 1 month ago by Maureen
A very entertaining quick read.
Stars and others in all their self absorbed, narcissistic, generous and sexually voracious glory.
Just as you'd expect them to be. Read more
This book is an unbelievable insight into the personality and foibles of actors/actresses that have defined our cultural age. I found Mr. Langella to be honest and a good writer. Read morePublished 2 months ago by FUFUPAME