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"Fascinating...laced with star-studded anecdotes...about one of the most wickedly funny writers of our time...full of illuminating stories about Terry's closest friends...Gerber paints a loving portrait of a wildly creative, destructively naive genius." --Shock Cinema

About the Author

Gail Gerber is a former ballet dancer and actress who co-starred in such films as The Loved One, Beach Ball, Harum Scarum, and Lucky Days. She is the secretary of the Terry Southern Literary Trust and resides in New York.

Tom Lisanti is the author of six McFarland books and has written extensively about Sixties cinema. He is a contributing writer to Cinema Retro and resides in New York.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 276 pages
  • Publisher: McFarland (May 13, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786441143
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786441143
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,332,243 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By The Purchaser on September 26, 2009
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I have just finished reading "Trippin' with Terry Southern," and I'm beyond-impressed. I was one of Terry Southern's writing students at Columbia University in the early '90s, and Gail and Tom Lisanti have really captured this great and generous writer's fun, mischievous, magnanimous personality in a brisk, cool, immediate way. The book has been written very engagingly, and it's a great eye into the last thirty-or-so years of Southern's life, which were fraught with great good humor and sadness, in equal measure. When you read this book, you'll really feel like you "know" Terry Southern, and I can't recommend this book highly enough.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Chews on June 5, 2010
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Trippin' with Terry Southern is a tragic story, in a way, of a gifted writer whose best efforts bring nothing but financial woe. Gail Gerber makes it clear from the outset that his setback was not for lack of talent. He had it in spades.

As a young actress and ballerina, Gerber left her native Canada for Hollywood. She became a beach bit actor and appeared in two Elvis Presley films before landing a role in Tony Richardson's The Loved One. This was 1964, and Terry Southern, who wrote the screenplay, would spend the rest of his life with her.

Southern was hip with the times, as they used to say, and moved with an influential set: Kubrick, Sellers, Burroughs, Genet, Plimpton, Torn, Segal, Bruce, Nilsson. He had a staunch ally in Rip Torn who, in a defamation suit against Dennis Hopper, dusted off a copy of Southern's Easy Rider script as evidence in court. Torn won his case, and in turn the world learned that much of the poignancy in the film's dialogue, most notably in the dopey campfire scene, was ripped from the pages of Southern's writing tablet. Hopper denied it, thus denying Southern his pay.

Of all his efforts, however, Southern is best remembered for his work with Peter Sellers: Casino Royale, The Magic Christian, Dr. Strangelove. In the latter, in which Sellers played three characters, the battle cry against the establishment never rang louder, and showed Southern at his satiric best.

Trippin' often reads like Carlotta Monti's memoir of W.C. Fields. Like Gerber, Monti was considerably younger than her man. Both women tried and gave up acting for more domestic roles. Neither couple married and the men drank a lot. In spite of it all, the women remained devoted to their older, talented and oftentimes insufferable men.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By E.J. on September 21, 2009
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I had never heard of actress Gail Gerber before reading this book and knew Terry Southern mostly from being the co-writer of Dr. Strangelove and Easy Rider. So I was pleasantly surprised to be drawn into Gail's entertaining 30 year trip with him. The early chapters are an interesting glimpse into the making of Gail's beach party and Elvis movies as well as Terry's films. His second film, The Loved One, is where they met. But especially enthralling to me were the later chapters where they are broke and living on the East Coast as Terry tries unsuccessfully to sell screenplay after screenplay. If you are looking for a critical essay of Terry's work, this is not the book for you, but if you are a fan of Hollywood I highly recommend it. The chapter on Easy Rider, where Gail refutes most of what Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper had been saying about Terry's contribution to the film, is worth the price alone.
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