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A Private View Hardcover – May 12, 1983


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf; 1st edition (May 12, 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0394401921
  • ISBN-13: 978-0394401928
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.4 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #174,841 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Irene Mayer, daughter of Lewis B., wife of David O. Selznick, has lived a marvelous life and written a marvelous book about it. She was raised mostly in Hollywood by straitlaced parents determined that she and her sister not be jaded or spoiled. She married young, a boy from another of the film industry's founding families, the brilliant, manic, compulsive, and often impossible producer of Gone With the Wind and other great films. She raised two sons; had the likes of Janet Gaynor, Katharine Hepburn, and George Cukor for best friends; and went on to make a career for herself in the theater as the producer of, among other notable plays, A Streetcar Named Desire. An intelligent, accomplished, and entirely engaging woman, she is read almost perfectly by Anna Fields. B.G. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award. © AudioFile 2001, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Oliver P. Henzler on February 16, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I thoroughly enjoyed Irene Selznick's autobiography. I found it to be a very honest, non-judgmental, and soul-searching account of her life. It was fascinating to read about her upbringing as the daughter of one of THE tycons in Hollywood, then her marriage to another and then her life independent from both of them. Impressive how she found her path to her own artistic voice and came to produce world-renowned theater productions on Broadway (including Streetcar w/ Brando.) Above all, I got a sense of the courage this woman must have had on her life's path. Courage that is inspiring and contagious. I can only recommend this book!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By D. Willard on January 27, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Irene Mayer Selznick was born in the right place and at the right time. She saw her father, Louis B. Mayer, rise from New England film exhibitor during the silent era to studio boss at MGM. She was there for the rise, and eventual fall, of her husband, David Selznick. She produced plays on Broadway, including working with Elia Kazan while he was naming names for HUAC. And through it all she kept her eyes opened and brings us along with her. This book is a gem!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Martin Turnbull on January 19, 2012
Format: Hardcover
As a daughter of Louis B. Mayer, the biggest Hollywood tycoon during its golden era, Irene Selznick had a rare insight into what it was really like living at the top of the Hollywood heap. That alone would have been enough, but then she married David O. Selznick, producer of "Gone With The Wind"! Fortunately for us, she was blessed with a keen intellect and an articulate mind. It's one thing to live through this era, it's another to tell us about it honestly, objectively, and with such compassion that the reader gets a great grasp of what it was like to live life walking in her shoes. Highly recommended.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Carolyn Kingsley on June 20, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Irene Mayer Selznick's memoir is told with candor, humor and insight. It's a delightful trip as she takes you behind the scenes for a 'private view' of Hollywood's royal families. This was a time when the old Hollywood foundation was being laid, and it became almost another world power, with Louis B. Mayer as its undisputed demigod.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By B. Pocker on June 27, 2009
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I really enjoyed this book because it is about the business of the old Hollywood studios and its effect on a conservative immigrant family. The writer's father, Louis Mayer, tried to protect his family from the many unstable and ambitious people who surrounded him. It's for you, the reader, to decide if he was ultimately successful. The insider's perspective offered by the author is refreshing. Never has the business of glamour and fantasy seemed more commonplace. She could have been writing about any successful enterprise in America. It's not about movie stars.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lili Goldberg on November 3, 2011
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A very, very interesting biography of one of Louis B. Mayer's daughter. Besides being a famous daughter, she was very talented on her own right and, of course, married another well-know movie mogul, David O. Selznick. I am almost finished, so I may add something, but, so far it's a very good read.
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