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It Would Be So Nice If You Weren't Here: My Journey Through Show Business Paperback – September 5, 1990


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 317 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage (September 5, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679731342
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679731344
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.2 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,219,443 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

"In this ebullient, often rancorous autobiography, the stage, film and TV actor describes vividly the hassles that cost him the plum role in The Graduate and numerous other setbacks before he starred in The Heartbreak Kid . Instructive and entertaining, his story includes tidbits on Mike Nichols, Elaine May, Roman Po lanski, Ellen Burstyn, Simon & Garfunkel, and many other luminaries, none more intriguing than the un sinkable Grodin," said PW. Photos.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

Actor, writer, producer, and director Grodin--whose career has had notable ups, and downs--shows that perseverance should be the motto of anyone striving to succeed. The incidents of his naive youth in Pittsburgh--e.g., tackling a fully accoutered bruiser in order to make a football team--are fully as engaging as days at the Actor's Studio, cowboy parts in 1960s TV Westerns, lead role in Broadway's Same Time, Next Year , or flailing the rapids in the film Midnight Run . Having recognized the impression he made in Heartbreak Kid , Grodin in this engrossing autobiography atones for the sin of abandoning Jeannie Berlin on their honeymoon. Recommended.
- Kim Holston, American Inst. for Property and Liability Underwriters, Malvern, Pa.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Charles Grodin is a recipient of the William Kuntsler Award for Racial Justice and has been honored by Habitat for Humanity for his humanitarian efforts on behalf of the homeless. He is best known for his starring roles in "The Heartbreak Kid," "Midnight Run" and the "Beethoven" movies, among dozens of others. He has written seven books including the bestseller "It Would Be So Nice If You Weren't Here." Charles Grodin was a commentator for 60 Minutes II and is currently a commentator for CBS News. he also writes a weekly op-ed column for the New York Daily News.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Jon Abrahamson on February 7, 2006
Format: Paperback
Really, this book should be on every aspiring actors bookself. If you are considering becoming an actor, nothing can be substituted for taking classes and seeing if you really like doing it, but in terms of really getting an idea of what that life is like and what to expect, biographies are essential and this is one of the Kings of them all.

The book really is an autobiography, but being that pretty much his entire life was spent in show business, its a good guide as to what to do and how to overcome the many and constant rejections involved in a life in the business.

Seriously, this really is a must read.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 22, 1998
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This book is depressing for aspiring actors, in that it shows how much SHEER LUCK is required to make it as an actor. My conclusion is don't go into acting unless a close relative happens to be a big Hollywood name (Nicholas Cage would be flipping burgers now if his Uncle Francis Coppola hadn't cast him in a number of his movies, to give one of numeruos examples). Grodin himself said in a subsequent book, that actors read this one and thought "Well, if Grodin made it, I can." And he said, "What my book showed you is that the odds are against you making it."
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Robert Sacks on December 22, 2002
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I enjoyed this book, if only for the humor and perserverance shown by Mr. Grodin.
I think it should be on the syllabus of every entry level acting class.
My brother is contemplating going to film school, and I've already sent him his own copy.
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This is the fourth book by Charles Grodin that I have read. They all are different and to me they all merit five stars. But this one, because of its many insights into the world of Hollywood, is my favorite.
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if you like Charles Grodin then you'll love this book. Light and fun. He takes us through the adventures of his Hollywood acting career in his dry sarcastic way.
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