From Publishers Weekly
When the Actors Studio faced possible extinction in 1994, Lipton (An Exaltation of Larks
) engineered a partnership between the Studio and the New School for Social Research to create a degree-granting program. Thus was born the Actors Studio Drama School, with Lipton as both founder and dean. The school's craft seminars, in which Lipton interviewed leading actors and directors, became the basis for Bravo's Inside the Actors Studio
, and since 1994, he has been that series' executive producer, writer and host. Looking back over the show's parade of personalities, he intercuts autobiographical flashbacks with quotes from the TV interview transcripts. These brief selections, excerpted from his sessions with Tom Hanks, Anthony Hopkins, Jack Lemmon, Mike Nichols, Sean Penn, Julia Roberts, Steven Spielberg, Meryl Streep and many more, may leave some readers wishing Lipton had published the transcripts in full. Raising the curtain on his own memories, he traces the path of his multifaceted career as radio actor (The Lone Ranger
), TV actor (The Guiding Light
), Broadway lyricist (Sherry!
) and novelist (Mirrors
). Along the way, theatrical truths emerge and amusing anecdotes abound since Lipton is a witty and engaging writer. The free-associative transitions from interviews to autobiography occasionally read like two different books shuffled together, but that only makes this exaltation of Lipton doubly enjoyable. The 48 illustrations include Al Hirschfeld's caricature of Lipton. (Oct. 18)
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There are great, colorful stories about every side of show business here. James Lipton lets it all go; his openness about himself, and artists of all stripes, is refreshing. Paul Newman
"James Lipton is the most penetrating and compassionate interviewer I've ever known, but, more importantly, a terrific guy." Anthony Hopkins
Once in a blue moon there is a person who comes along and excites an artist by his genuine interest in craft. James Lipton ignites the artist's own interest in himself and his craft - and often rekindles it. On these pages you'll find out how. John Travolta
A wonderful book
Lipton knows an awful lot about acting and all of it is in this book. Interesting, original, valuable. Sidney Lumet
Every page brings forth revelations, experiences and moments that James Lipton has encountered and embraced, that could not possibly have happened in one single life, but most certainly did and continues to. He has interviewed a virtual Whos Who in theater, film and entertainment over the past decade and sprinkles the book with incisive gems from the mouths of these special people. Its a wonderful book, a joyful read and I highly recommend it! Martin Landau
"James Lipton brings to us a very considered intelligence and a discerning appreciation of our leading artists in theater and film." Gay Talese,
author of The Kingdom and the Power
and Honor Thy Father
Jim Lipton writes the way he talks,with fluency and passion. His own story is as startling and revealing as his interviews are. We at the Actors Studio treasure him.
Oscar-winning actress Lee Grant
I dont know anyone more qualified than Jim Lipton to write a book about actors and their work processes. I consider this book the most comprehensive look into the lives and thoughts of the gifted people that Jim has interviewed. Its wonderful. Martin Bregman
James Lipton is our cultural insider for all seasons. As an actor, director, playwright, author, host, and friendly provocateur, he has seen it all and indeed lived it all! Bruce Lundvall,
President and CEO, Blue Note Label Group
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