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  • Author:
    Frank Langella
  • ISBN:
    0062094475
  • ISBN13:
    978-0062094476
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  • Publisher:
    Harper; 1st edition (March 27, 2012)
  • Pages:
    368 pages
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    Arts & Literature
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Dropped Names: Famous Me. .has been added to your Cart. Frank Langella’s memoir is not the usual author’s ego trip, but rather his remembrances of the many accomplished men and women that he has come to know. Gay Talese, author of A Writer's Life).

Dropped Names: Famous Me. A delightfully unabashed page-turner about people we wish we had known in the throes of work, love, and growing old. (. Gurney, award-winning playwright).

Langella saves his highest praise for women of a certain age - that age . Famous Men and Women as I Knew Them.

Langella saves his highest praise for women of a certain age - that age entitling one to a discount at the movies. Loretta Young in her late 70s was breathtaking. Brooke Astor in her late 90s was ultrafeminine and alluring - and in Langella’s company not shy about relating how she lost her virginity. But Langella’s book celebrates sluttiness as a worthy - even noble - way of life. When Bette Davis wants to have racy phone conversations.

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And the opportunity to drop names of the famous, both here and gone, has increased substantially

And the opportunity to drop names of the famous, both here and gone, has increased substantially. But were it not for one fateful morning sitting quietly in my sixth-grade homeroom at Number 3 School in Bayonne, New Jersey, this book, most likely, could not have been written. So get out your silverware. I’m about to drop a whole bunch of names on you. FL. MARILYN MONROE.

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book by Frank Langella . Women From the Ankle Down: The Story of Shoes and How They Define Us.

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.

Langella knew Curtis for 30 years, and aside from ‘the absurdity of his desperate attempts to look cool, hip .

Langella knew Curtis for 30 years, and aside from ‘the absurdity of his desperate attempts to look cool, hip and young’, he admired a ruthless honesty that once prompted him to lament at a dinner party at Julie Andrews’s home how his one-time idol Cary Grant was a ‘f ing bore’ who ‘sucked the air out of an.

From the book Dropped Names: Famous Men and Women as I Knew Them by Frank Langella. Only Angels Have Wings (1939)

From the book Dropped Names: Famous Men and Women as I Knew Them by Frank Langella. To be published this month by HarperCollins Publishers. Only Angels Have Wings (1939). Her breakthrough film alongside Cary Grant as a pilot in South America. You''l Never Get Rich (1941). Twirled onto the A-list as Fred Astaire's dance partner in this wartime musical comedy.

Rita Hayworth dancing by candlelight; Elizabeth Taylor 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 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. 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.


Crazy
I fell madly in love with Frank Langella many years ago when I saw him play the impossibly sexy cad in Diary of a Mad Housewife. He followed that up by appearing as the most erotic, enticing vampire ever in Dracula. As his looks faded, I grew less interested in his considerable acting talent, but retained enough curiosity to pick up this excellent memoir which features brief recollections of many of his close friendships and casual encounters with a very wide variety of the rich and famous. Langella definitely calls 'em as he sees 'em in what is much less a memoir and more a collection of his impressions of those discussed. Apparently, he was a welcome guest in the homes of both Hollywood stars and New York theater folk, as he relates his up-close-and-personal stories of his encounters with them. Langella pulls no punches here and there is plenty of dirt to keep even the most avid gossip hound satisfied. Blessedly, his comments are never mean-spirited and he seems to hold no grudges, nor does he make any attempts to settle old scores. The result is an extremely entertaining and insightful collection of tidbits about the personalities he has encountered in life, many of whom I would like to have met myself. This is many cuts above your run of the mill movie star's bio, being neither chronological nor focused on explaining or excusing himself. For an insider's peek at the personalities of many famous stars, you can't go wrong with this one..
Umdwyn
I don't usually go in for books by actors, unless it's about the craft; and even then most of them are crashing bores or are rarely able to articulate any meaningful information in a way that isn't almost a torture to read. HOWEVER Mr. Langella's book is a charming, funny, and touching series of memories and is a delight to read. His writer/actor's eye spares no one; his observations may not always be flattering (even to himself), but neither are they cruel. His observations are at times titillating, astute, funny, melancholy, touching, even poetic. I have long considered him among the finest of actors -- economical, precise, honest -- and his writing is the same. It is as much a pleasure to read him as to watch him. Since, with one exception, Mr. Langella writes only if those who have passed away, it seems wicked to write that I wish the book were longer! (But I do...). And, oh! What I would give to be at a hanger-on at a party and listen to him reminisce until the morning! There must be soooo many more stories to hear... Perhaps he will find the time for another book?...Fingers crossed!
Viashal
This was is very amusing "light" reading. Each "name" is a short chapter, so I kept it next to my bed to read while watching TV shows with commercials- I read a chapter during the annoying commercial breaks. I've read quite a few "tell all" books over the years and many are not as honest as this. Langella is not "mean" or vindictive when recalling "negative" personality traits or incidents. I was especially apprecitive of the chapter on Alan Bates- one of my very favorite actors that not much is written about. And his insight on Arthur Miller....(always suspected this guy had "issues").
Awene
There is a lot of pathos here: Rita Hayworth struggling with lines due to early onset dementia, Elizabeth Taylor's social circle so confined that the only guests of her Oscar party are relatives of her staff that she doesn't even talk to, George C. Scott swilling down the alcohol daily while deriding therapy as a crutch; Scott wants to play chess with hospitalized veterans, but doesn't feel worthy. Perhaps the constant travel, frequent absences from family, and temptation of attractive, but likely neurotic, co-stars isn't conducive to lasting marriages. The ravaged by time actors are like Icarus who melted his wings flying too close to the sun: being adored, and adoring yourself, for beauty and youth which is so fleeting, doesn't bring inner peace to many of those discussed here. Some have commented on how cruel and catty the author is, but I thought that he had sympathy and compassion, and an underlying awareness of some of the inherently tragic aspects of the human condition.
Hanelynai
I have always found the dramatic work of Frank Langella to be laudable from the first time I saw him in TWELVE CHAIRS. His voice and his command of a scene renders him to be that of an actor who has often been overlooked. I have never been fortunate enough to have seen him in a Broadway production but, based on reviews I have read, they match his film work and it does seem as though his work life has centered around live theatre. That said I shall now comment on this particular book. While I do not follow celebrities' private lives with a great deal of passion, I did purchase this book simply because of its author. Not poorly written, the subject matter deals with various individuals of the entertainment world. One has to base the work of an individual on their body of work - whether it be an actor, director or postal mail carrier. But, I have to tell you, my opinion of theatrical people has now become even less than it was previously. These private moments do not speak well of most of those of whom he writes. I don't really wish to know the pecadilloes of my mail carrier as long as he delivers the mail intact and on time and is appropriately dressed. Now, with those in the entertainment world – who have such a significant impact due to their public personas and abilities to voice their political and moral views to a vast audience, I am afraid that I hold them to a higher standard because this “celebrity” that they have can and many times does sway opinions. Mr. Langella, himself, has admitted, of late, to the arrogance of his youth. And, I submit, that there is probably a great deal of difficulty in maintaining the boat of one’s life on an even keel while receiving so much public adulation. What I felt while reading this was, in many of the entries, was disgust because of what appears to be the inability of people in the entertainment world to exhibit in their personal lives some sense of responsibility based on their impact on the culture – along with a failure to become adults. As the bible says, “To whom much is given, much is expected”.