Synopses & Reviews
“I have been incredibly fortunate over the course of my career to have been associated with some extraordinary dramatic and musical productions, and also some rather spectacular disasters. Looking back, I can find gifts and life lessons in every one.”
The legendary Patti LuPone is one of the theatre’s most beloved leading ladies. Now she lays it all bare, sharing the intimate story of her life both onstage and off--through the dizzying highs and darkest lows--with the humor and outspokenness that have become her trademarks.
With nearly 100 photographs, including an 8-page four-color insert, and illuminating details about the life of a working actor, from inspired costars and demanding directors to her distinct perspective on how she developed and honed her Tony Award–winning performances, Patti LuPone: A Memoir is as inspirational as it is entertaining. And though the title might say “a memoir,” this is ultimately a love letter to the theatre by a unique American artist.
Raised on Long Island’s North Shore, Patti discovered her calling at the age of four and knew that she was destined for the stage. A prodigiously gifted child, she was one of only 36 young actors chosen for the inaugural class of The Juilliard School’s Drama Division, where she fought near-constant criticism from her instructors, and here describes those early years with disarming frankness.
From the heady days of her early twenties—crisscrossing the country as a founding member of the classical repertory theatre ensemble, The Acting Company--to her early success on Broadway, her four-year stint as Libby Thacher on the television series Life Goes On, her loving marriage to Matt Johnston, and much, much more, Patti chronicles her professional and personal life with inimitable candor and wit.
With its insightful retrospective of her career-defining turns, both on Broadway and abroad, in Evita, Les Misérables, Anything Goes, Sunset Boulevard, Sweeney Todd, and Gypsy, Patti LuPone: A Memoir reveals the artist’s deeply felt passion for music and the theatre and is, in the end, the compelling and quintessential tale of an exceptional life well lived.
Acclaimed for both her musical and nonmusical Broadway roles, LuPone ("Evita, Gypsy") recounts her life and career, recalling both her professional and personal triumphs and disappointments. Full-color insert; b&w photos throughout.
A powerful memoir of a life of unique choices, a wide-ranging career, and special relationships with family, friends, and colleagues.
Swoosie Kurtz shares personal misadventures and showbiz lore, while candidly reflecting on the intimate journey of caring for an aging parent. Swoosieand#8217;s father, Frank, an Olympic diving medalist, later became one of the most decorated aviators in American history, flying a record number of missions in a cobbled-together B-17D Flying Fortress called and#147;The Swoose.and#8221; Her mother, Margo, chronicled their early years together in her 1945 memoir, My Rival, the Sky.
Today, 97-year-old Margo lives with Swoosie. As Swoosie struggles to stay ahead of her motherand#8217;s increasing needs while navigating the pitfalls and pratfalls of the entertainment industry, this precarious time is bittersweet and occasionally overwhelming. But every day is oxygenated with laughter and love. The careful weaving of Swoosieand#8217;s story with passages from My Rival, the Sky creates a vivid portrait of the invincible mother-daughter bond between the two women. Part Swan, Part Goose is that rare Hollywood memoir that takes us behind the curtain but doesnand#8217;t live there; its heart is solidly at home.
About the Author
A multiple Tony, Emmy, Obie and Drama Desk Award winner, Swoosie Kurtz
is a Broadway icon whose work also includes big screen blockbusters like Liar, Liar
and Dangerous Liaisons,
indie favorites like Citizen Ruth, True Stories
and Cruel Intentions
and beloved TV hits Sisters
and Pushing Daisies
. She is currently starring in the CBS hit series Mike and Molly
. Her distinctive name comes from The Swoose, the famed B-17 bomber flown by her father, Col. Frank Kurtz, the most decorated Air Force pilot of World War II.