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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Wonderful snapshots and memorabilia arid wonderful, from-the-heart prose will make this the gift book of the season.When Dominick Dunne was a young boy living in Hartford, Connecticut, his Aunt took him on a trip to Los Angeles -- Hollywood to be exact. She took him on the obligatory bus tour of the homes of the stars and from that moment on he was bedazzled by the place. After graduation from Williams, a tour of duty in the infantry during World War II and work in New York as a stage manage for the Robert Montgomery Show, Howdy Doody and others, Nick Dunne finally found himself a successful film producer in Hollywood with a beautiful wife and three children.If living well is the best revenge, the Dunne's had it all: a beautiful family, a great job, and the friendship of the talented and powerful. Nick had something else -- a camera. He loved to take pictures at the wonderful parties he and his wife Lennie gave, and at the parties they attended. He recorded all the events of their lives in huge, leatherbound scrapbooks. These scrap books are filled with photographs of everyone -- Elizabeth Taylor, Paul Newman, Roddy McDowell, Tu

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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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