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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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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.
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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.
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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: 0.8 x 5.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,078,532 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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Charles Grodin is one of those rare performers that is as brilliant on the printed page as he is on camera. Mr. Grodin's book is filled with funny, engaging (and sometimes frustrating) stories of his early days breaking into show biz. I particularly enjoyed the personal stories of his friendship with Ted Knight and his early work as a "set-up" man on Candid Camera. In the entertainment industry, it's so important to learn the ropes from those who have been there and are willing to share their real world triumphs and challenges. Charles Grodin has great lessons and insights that would benefit experienced actors, as well as newcomers.
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