Dropped Names: Famous Men and Women As I Knew Them
Rita Hayworth dancing by candlelight in a small Mexican village; Elizabeth Taylor devouring homemade pasta and tenderly wrapping him in her pashmina scarf; streaking for Sir Laurence Olivier in a drafty English castle; terrifying a dozing Jackie Onassis; carrying an unconscious Montgomery Clift to safety on a dark New York City street.
Captured forever in a unique memoir, Frank Langella's myriad encounters with some of the past century's most famous human beings are profoundly affecting, funny, wicked, sometimes shocking, and utterly irresistible. With sharp wit and a perceptive eye, Mr. Langella takes us with him into the private worlds and privileged lives of movie stars, presidents, royalty, literary lions, the social elite, and the greats of the Broadway stage.
What, for instance, was Jack Kennedy doing on that coffee table? Why did the Queen Mother need Mr. Langella's help? When was Paul Mellon going to pay him money owed? How did Brooke Astor lose her virginity? Why was Robert Mitchum singing Gilbert & Sullivan patter songs at top volume, and what did Marilyn Monroe say to him that helped change the course of his life?
Through these shared experiences, we learn something, too, of Mr. Langella's personal journey from the age of fifteen to the present day.
Dropped Names is, like its subjects, riveting and unforgettable.
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Review: Dropped Names: Famous Men and Women As I Knew ThemUser Review - Greg - Goodreads
Frank Langella's interesting take on a memoir - reflecting on the rich and famous he's encountered and known over the past 50 years or so - Dropped Names is a delightful read, dishy, a little ... Read full review
Review: Dropped Names: Famous Men and Women As I Knew ThemUser Review - Jean Hackett - Goodreads
so totally brilliant, and totally, honestly FRANK. You are attracted to his brain, his sensitivity, his great big undefinable sexuality. And did I say insightful and perceptive and (surprise!) empathetic? this is just delicious. Read full review