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A star of two well-remembered television series, The FBI and 77 Sunset Strip, Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. looks back on the many different roads he has traveled in his lifetime and recreates his most memorable experiences in the prose of a true stylist. The son of two legendary musical talents, the pianist Efrem Zimbalist and the operatic soprano Alma Gluck, Efrem Jr. grew up on an estate in the Connecticut countryside. His was a world of comfort and security-and, of course, classical music. After his graduation from Yale and his World War II military service-and long before he was a recognized actor-Zimbalist broke a show business barrier as coproducer of Gian Carlo Menotti's operatic double bill, The Medium and The Telephone, on Broadway! Its critical and (surprising) commercial success led to Zimbalist's coproduction of Menotti's next opera, The Consul, also on Broadway and also with gratifying results. But he was by then determined to make acting his career, which began in the New York theater, blossomed when he went to Hollywood (The Crowded Sky, Deep Six, House of Strangers, The Chapman Report, Wait Until Dark) and reached a crescendo on television with six seasons on 77 Sunset Strip and nine on The FBI. The book abounds in anecdotes about show business, family, travels in the United States and abroad, and finally Zimbalist's life today as a farmer in Solvang, California, about 30 miles north of Santa Barbara. There his sole crop is lingonberries, which he raises and sells in unblushing abundance. What most distinguishes this book is that, whatever the topic, Zimbalist writes with clarity, grace, precision and sincerity. There are no ghosts hovering over his narrative. Every word comeswith skill from the same generous source.

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In this autobiographical work, actor Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. (1923- ) traces his life from childhood to the present day, sharing memories of family, student years at Yale, his World War II military service, careers in the movies and television, and travels in the U.S. and abroad. Illustrated with b&w photos. Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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The son of two legendary musical talents, the pianist Efram Zimbalist and the soprano Alma Gluck, Efram Zimbalist, Jr. began his acting career after military service in World War II. First on Broadway, where he appeared with Spencer Tracy in a soon-forgotten flop, Zimbalist went on to Hollywood and a succession of films that included The Chapman Report and Home Before Dark and finally to television, starring in two well-remembered, long-running series, The FBI and 77 Sunset Strip. Along the way he managed to bring Gian-Carlo Menotti to the New York theatre with operas that enjoyed long and successful runs. What particularly distinguishes this book in Zimbalist's writing style, which brings all his memories vividly to life.

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A star of two well-remembered television series, "The FBI" and "77 Sunset Strip," Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. looks back on the many different roads he has traveled in his lifetime and recreates his most memorable experiences in the prose of a true stylist. The son of two legendary musical talents, the violinist Efrem Zimbalist and the operatic soprano Alma Gluck, Efrem Jr. grew up on an estate in the Connecticut countryside. Long before he was a recognized actor, Zimbalist broke a show business barrier as coproducer of Gian Carlo Menotti's operatic double bill, The Medium and The Telephone, on Broadway. Its critical and (surprising) commercial success led to Zimbalist's coproduction of Menotti's next opera, The Consul, also on Broadway and also with gratifying results, including the Pulitzer Prize.

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atal, March 29, 2008 (view all comments by atal)
I love this book! It is written by a man who has had an extraordinary life in the arts...from his childhood to the present day. Zimbalist's true persona shines through on every page and his anecdotes are interesting, amusing and well written.
What a refreshing change from the tell all, nasty books that come out of Hollywood these days.
I would recommend this book to everyone who ever had an interest in Hollywood, TV, and celebrity lives. You won't be sorry!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780879109882
Author:
Zimbalist, Efrem, Jr.
Publisher:
Limelight Editions
Author:
Zimbalist, Jr.
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Entertainment & Performing Arts - Actors & Actresses
Subject:
Actors
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Actors -- United States.
Subject:
Zimbalist, Efrem
Subject:
Biography-Entertainment and Performing Arts
Edition Number:
1st Limelight ed.
Edition Description:
Limelight
Series Volume:
2
Publication Date:
20040731
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
214
Dimensions:
9.08x6.20x.88 in. 1.09 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , The son of two legendary musical talents, the pianist Efram Zimbalist and the soprano Alma Gluck, Efram Zimbalist, Jr. began his acting career after military service in World War II. First on Broadway, where he appeared with Spencer Tracy in a soon-forgotten flop, Zimbalist went on to Hollywood and a succession of films that included The Chapman Report and Home Before Dark and finally to television, starring in two well-remembered, long-running series, The FBI and 77 Sunset Strip. Along the way he managed to bring Gian-Carlo Menotti to the New York theatre with operas that enjoyed long and successful runs. What particularly distinguishes this book in Zimbalist's writing style, which brings all his memories vividly to life.
"Synopsis" by , A star of two well-remembered television series, "The FBI" and "77 Sunset Strip," Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. looks back on the many different roads he has traveled in his lifetime and recreates his most memorable experiences in the prose of a true stylist. The son of two legendary musical talents, the violinist Efrem Zimbalist and the operatic soprano Alma Gluck, Efrem Jr. grew up on an estate in the Connecticut countryside. Long before he was a recognized actor, Zimbalist broke a show business barrier as coproducer of Gian Carlo Menotti's operatic double bill, The Medium and The Telephone, on Broadway. Its critical and (surprising) commercial success led to Zimbalist's coproduction of Menotti's next opera, The Consul, also on Broadway and also with gratifying results, including the Pulitzer Prize.
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