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I Said Yes to Everything: A Memoirby Lee Grant
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Born Lyova Haskell Rosenthal in New York City, actress Lee Grant spent her youth accumulating more experiences than most people have in a lifetime: from student at the famed Neighborhood Playhouse to member of the legand#173;endary Actors Studio; from celebrated Broadway star to Vogue and#147;It Girl.and#8221; At age twenty-four, she was nominated for an Academy Award for Detective Story, and a year later found herself married and a mother for the first time, her career on the rise.
And then she lost it all.
Her name landed on the Hollywood blackand#173;list, her offers for film and television roles ground to a halt, and her marriage fell apart.
Finding reserves of strength she didnand#8217;t know she had, Grant took action against anti-Communist witch hunts in the arts. She threw herself into work, accepting every theater or teaching job that came her way. She met a man ten years her junior and began a wild, liberatand#173;ing fling that she never expected would last a lifetime. And after twelve years of fighting the blacklist, she was finally exonerated. With courand#173;age and style, Grant rebuilt her life on her own terms: first stop, a starring role on Peyton Place, and then leads in Valley of the Dolls, In the Heat of the Night, and Shampoo, for which she won her first Oscar.
Set amid the New York theater scene of the fifties and the star-studded parties of Malibu in the seventies, I Said Yes to Everything evokes a world of political passion and movie-star glamour. Grant tells endlessly delightful tales of costars and friends such as Warren Beatty, Elizabeth Taylor, Grace Kelly, and Sidney Poitier, and writes with the verve and candor befitting such a seductive and beloved star.
"In this wonderful memoir, actor Grant charts her life from a childhood in New York City through her performance in Shampoo and beyond. In short vignettes (some chapters are only two pages long), Grant tells a story filled with innumerable twists and turns — from her wayward adolescence as Lyova Haskell Rosenthal to her early successes in the theaters of 1950s New York; her 12-year battle on Hollywood's blacklist; to the reclamation of her career in the 1970s, while living in Malibu. Whether recalling the traumas of her first marriage to screenwriter Arnold Manoff or sharing entertaining memories of her famous friends — Marlon Brando, Mia Farrow, and Warren Beatty among them — Grant does so with a with a lively, approachable tone. Though famous for her achievements as a multi-award winning actor, director, and documentarian, Grant reveals herself to be woman unafraid of continual self-reinvention. These pages tell a gripping story full of drama, humor, and hardship, offering an intimate look into the singular life of one indefatigable protagonist. (July)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
and#147;Lee Grant has lived her life and practiced her craft with reckless abandon, bravery, honesty, and ultimately brutal clarity.and#8221; and#151;Frank Langella
Already a celebrated Broadway star and Vogue and#147;It Girl,and#8221; Lee Grant was just twenty-four when she was nominated for an Academy Award for Detective Story. A year later, her name landed on the Hollywood blacklist, destroying her career and her marriage. Grant spent twelve years fighting the Communist witch hunts and rebuilt her life on her own terms: first stop, a starring role on Peyton Place. Set amid the 1950s New York theater scene and the starstudded parties of 1970s Malibu, I Said Yes to Everything will delight film and theatre buffs as well as the beloved starand#8217;s myriad fans.
A memoir by Academy Awardwinning actress Lee Grant, detailing her starring roles in Valley of the Dolls and Shampoo, her twelve years on the Hollywood blacklist, and a singularly unpredictable life.
About the Author
LEE GRANT founded the production company Feury/Grant with her husband. An adjunct professor at Tisch School of the Arts, Grant lives in New York City.
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