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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.

About the Author

Frank Langella has been a professional actor for over five decades and hopes to carry on for several more. He began performing as a boy in his hometown of Bayonne, New Jersey, and currently resides in New York City. This is his first book.

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John Crittenden, January 2, 2013 (view all comments by John Crittenden)
Fascinating stories of theater and cinema greats viewed up close by an actor whose own brilliance took him into their homes and lives.
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Taborgirl, May 21, 2012 (view all comments by Taborgirl)
Dropped Names is literary candy with lots of juicy details about Langella's famous hook-ups with deceased celebrities and public figures. He is refreshingly honest and holds little back. At times, it’s beyond voyeuristic. Guaranteed great read.
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RJohns27, April 25, 2012 (view all comments by RJohns27)
I enjoyed the book, although the structure became a bit repetitive after a while. His stories brought the stars I've seen on television, stage and screen down to earth. It is a quick read and left me a bit sad at the end of it. I would definitely read his autobiography if he ever decides to write one someday.
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ISBN:
9780062094476
Subtitle:
Famous Men and Women As I Knew Them
Author:
Langella, Frank
Publisher:
Harper
Subject:
Entertainment & Performing Arts
Subject:
Biography-Entertainment and Performing Arts
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20120327
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1.17 in 22.8 oz

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