The Way We Lived Then: Recollections of a Well-known Name Dropper

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Crown, 1999 - Biography & Autobiography - 218 pages
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Mesmerizing, revelatory text combines with more than two hundred photographs -- most of them taken by the author -- in a startling illustrated memoir that will both astonish and move you.
When Dominick Dunne lived and worked in Hollywood, he had it all: a beautiful family, a glamorous career, and the friendship of the talented and powerful. He also had a camera and loved to take pictures. These photographs, which Dunne carefully preserved in more than a dozen leatherbound scrapbooks -- along with invitations, telegrams, personal notes, and other memorabilia -- record the parties, the glittering receptions, the society weddings, and scenes from the everyday lives of the Dunnes and those they knew, including Jane Fonda, Frank Sinatra, Paul Newman, Roddy McDowall, Elizabeth Taylor, Natalie Wood, Brooke Hayward, Jennifer Jones, and David Selznick. You'll meet them all in this fascinating book -- captured in snapshots as these celebrities relax at poolside barbecues, gossip at cozy get-togethers and dance at the Dunnes' dazzling black-and-white ball. And you will meet Dominick Dunne's beautiful wife, Lenny, and his children, Griffin, Alex, and Dominique, as they celebrate Christmases, birthdays, and graduations. But, most of all, you will meet Dominick Dunne and learn about the peaks and valleys of his years in Hollywood, the disastrous turn his life took, and the long road back that led to his triumphant career as a writer. With its engaging photographs and candid text, The Way We Lived Then is a riveting and unvarnished account of a life among the stars and a life almost lost.

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Review: The Way We Lived Then: Recollections of a Well-Known Name Dropper

User Review  - Mary - Goodreads

I bought this book [used] just so I could look at the pictures, but ended up reading the whole thing. I mostly knew that Dominick was the brother of John Gregory and the brother-in-law of Joan Didion. I now realize that he was a author after his wild life in 60s Hollywood. Very interesting stuff. Read full review

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User Review  - Anthony Faber - Goodreads

Not much text, but lots of pictures of people in the movie/television business in LA in the 60s. Mostly gossip type stuff. Then he chronicles his downfall, due to drugs, booze & being an asshole (his word). It ends with him starting to write around 1980 or so. Read full review


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About the author (1999)

Dominick Dunne is the author of five best-selling novels and two collections of essays, as well as a Special Correspondent to Vanity Fair magazine. He lives in New York City and Hadlyme, Connecticut.

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