- Hardcover: 400 pages
- Publisher: Magnus Books; 1st Ed edition (November 15, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781936833023
- ISBN-13: 978-1936833023
- ASIN: 1936833026
- Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.3 x 1.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 63 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #505,875 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Though Double Life is a perfect plea for equal rights, it never preaches but merely looks candidly at the terrific, if at times turbulent, relationship of two fabulous, sexy men who dared love each other openly. I laughed and gasped at its inside-show-business stories and was intrigued by the cutthroat advertising and art worlds. Brilliantly written, filled with humorand occasional heartbreakDouble Life follows a fifty-year marriage, revealing its love and warts.
A love that once dared not speak its name sings freelyand beautifullyin Double Life, a fascinating, frank and page-turning memoir about the life-long love affair of two extraordinary men.
"How exceptionally fine at this precarious moment in our history to be able to read the moving story of a lifelong love affair between two men, spanning some fifty years of faithful togetherness, utter and complete devotion and responsible and fulfilling achievement. Alan Shayne and Norman Sunshine have written a valuable document to show the world that yes, we can do it too.
I read the Alan Shayne and Norman Sunshine s Double Life in one big gulp. This memoir becomes their legends most!
"Anyone living in a long term relationship, gay or straight, will find him/herself in the pages Alan Shayne and Norman Sunshine have written. They know what it's like to be together for a long time and they tell it like it is, with wit, courage, honesty and tenderness. From Broadway to the Village to Madison Avenue to Hollywood they have tales to tell and they tell them brilliantly. I love this book!
Alfred Uhry, Pulitzer Prize and Academy Award-winning author of Driving Miss Daisy
A life well lived does not always make a book well written, but here, in this truthful and affecting work, are two carefully maintained lives without a mortgage, paired by fate and synchronized from two points of view like a pair of mated butterflies. Reading about their lives has taught me a lot about my ownone riveting, wisely observed revelation after another by two extraordinary men with a lot to give. When I grow up, I want to be just like Alan Shayne and Norman Sunshine.
What gives the book additional measure of depth is the consistently strong melody of the love story that plays underneath almost every incident, and provides the various pressures, cultural and otherwise, that challenge its survival.
A.R. Gurney, author of the play Love Letters
This entertaining, invigorating story of Shayne and Sunshine's enduring relationship seems like something from off the silver screen. Their relationship began in 1958 when homosexuality was considered a disease; at the time of their first meeting, the divorced Shayne was trying to cure himself of his homosexuality via deep analysis. Shayne, an aspiring actor at the beginning of the book, became a casting director, and, eventually, the president of Warner Brothers Television. Sunshine started out as a freelance illustrator in New York and developed into an accomplished painter, media consultant, and Emmy Award winner. Despite their career successes, the couple lived a less-than open life. In 1968, when Sunshine admitted to a New York Times reporter that he lived with Shayne, they were met with deafening silence from colleagues and friends. The authors include entertaining stories about stars, from a young Marlon Brando, to a generous Rock Hudson, to a bitter Lena Horne. As much a love letter as a look at how society's views on homosexuality have changed over the last 50 years, this is a fascinating book. (Oct.)</DIV> --From Joan Rivers, Candace Bushnell and Larry Kramer
"This is a fascinating book...The authors includew entertaining stories about stars, from a young Marlon Brando, to a generous Rock Hudson, to a bitter Lena Horne." "Unique....serves as a personal account of how far the movement for LGBT equality has come." "Painful, amusing, gutsy, gossipy, sad anbd joyful honesty...They both write so well it would be a page -turner just because of the magnetic worlds they inhabited. --Publishers Weekly...Glaad blog...Huffington Post
About the Author
<DIV>Alan Shayne retired as President of Warner Brothers Television in 1986. There he was responsible for launching the hit shows Wonder Woman, Dukes of Hazard, Alice, and Night Court, among others. He began his career in television with David Susskind s production company, after heading the Broadway casting office for David Merrick. Prior to that, he was an actor on Broadway and in television.
Norman Sunshine is a painter and sculptor whose work is in permanent collections around the country. Earlier in his career, he was a fashion illustrator and Creative Director of the Jane Trahey Agency, where he coined the phrase What Becomes a Legend Most? for Blackglama Minks and Danskins are not just for Dancing. He won an Emmy for graphic and title design in the 1970s. In 1988, he served as Creative Director of Lear s Magazine.
Mike Nichols is a television, stage and film director, writer, and producer who has won all the major American entertainment awards: an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony Award. In 2001, he was awarded the National Medal of Arts. He received the Life Achievement Award from the American Film Institute in 2010.</DIV>
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It's one of the best reflections on marriage I have ever seen. Unblinking. Clear. Determined to do it right and then set the record straight, full of love. The fact that this is a book about two men is, remarkably, tangential to the example of their lives. Their troubles may have been exacerbated by the prejudice of the culture in which they lived, but they don't posit that their problems were greater than other married couples - of any configuration. They have had creative lives which, within the demands of art and expression, are always challenging if there is to be any growth and depth. And they share how they've faced these difficulties; sometimes with grace, and sometimes with behavior that was less than graceful, less than fair, less than generous. But always they came home to the relationship. And always forgiveness, and insight, and huge wells of generosity.
Alan and Norman are comforted by the other's care, made brave by the necessity to support the other, and seem fully alive within the gaze of the loved one. Looking back with them, we see their example – not as the end of the imaginary rainbow, but real and possible and full of truth.
There is, of course, in these pages a lot of social and professional success, and enough money to make a graceful life possible. But one can't explain away the lessons of giving, sharing, appreciating, caring and commitment to only the cushion of comfort or money. We all know too many people with both, who live lives of little personal success, values or standards.
This is the story of an amazing life together. And in it are lessons of love and commitment that might apply to every one of us. But most of all, to those who also hope to love and live with generosity, courage and grace. Here is living proof – it can be done and done beautifully through a whole, long and marvelous life. I was delighted to find this book.
careers, and their lives. A portrait of a same sex relationship that really works and nourishes each of them as they
cope with a society not as liberal then as it would seem today. Sunshine goes from Commercial Artist to Creative
Advertising Executive to Fine Artist.. Shayne takes his own journey from Actor to Casting Director to Producer and
Major Hollywood Executive. Alternating chapters follow their mutual journey..hand in hand and heart to heart... and
amidst their occasional career trials, amusing anecdotes and familiar names are dropped....but not boasted about.
It's a moving experience to travel with them and after 50 years together, a wonderful finale to the book (but not an
ending to their story).Double Life: A Love Story from Broadway to Hollywood
However there is a sense of detachment in the storytelling that seems more appropriate to a biography rather than AUTObiography. The authors also seem largely disconnected from the turbulent times in which they lived. It is as though they lived during, but not through the sexual, cultural and political revolutions that made their (truly) lovely wedding on the beach possible. Swathed in connections and money, theirs is a tale of professional success and self-defined drama, resulting in only slightly heightened awareness of their world or of their own inner workings.
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