Synopses & Reviews
"I was born on 29 May 1959 at 'sometime before tea.' I was delivered by our local doctor, Jarvis Woodsend. My father was painting the garage doors as Dr. Woodsend drove past and cheerfully called out, 'It's a boy, all eleven pounds of him.' My father fell off the ladder."
An element of drama has always attended Rupert Everett, even before he first rose to fame with his outstanding performance in Another Country. He has spent his life surrounded by extraordinary people, and has witnessed extraordinary events. He was in Moscow during the fall of communism; in Berlin the night the wall came down; and at home in downtown Manhattan on September 11th. By the age of seventeen he was friends with Andy Warhol and Bianca Jagger, and since then he has been up close and personal with some of the most famous women in the world: Julia Roberts, Madonna, Sharon Stone, and Donatella Versace.
Whether sweeping the stage for the Royal Shakespeare Company or costarring with Faye Dunaway and an orangutan in Dunstan Checks In (they both took ages to get ready), Rupert Everett always brings as much energy and talent to his life as he does to his career. Who else has lived in Paris with Beatrice Dalle, modeled for Versace and Valentino, been possessed by the spirit of Anthony Perkins, and played bridge with Christopher Isherwood?
A superb raconteur and a keen observer of human folly (especially his own), Rupert Everett turns his life into a captivating story of love, nostalgia, fame, glamour, gossip, and drama. From the eccentricities of the British upper classes to the madness of Hollywood, from the Russian steppes to an Easter egg hunt in Elizabeth Taylor's garden, Everett reveals himself as a consummate storyteller and a charming guide to life lived in the fast lane.
"[Everett] turns some nice phrases and proves willing to look unflinchingly at his own self-involved behavior." Kirkus Reviews
"Everett offers tales of a rich and wild life that has included acting in Shakespeare in Love, befriending Andy Warhol and Bianca Jagger, and watching the Berlin Wall fall." Library Journal
In an anecdotal memoir, the acclaimed star of film and stage recalls his colorful and eventful life in the fast lane, from his youth amid the eccentricities of the British upper classes, to his friendships with Andy Warhol and Bianca Jagger, to his relationships with some of the world's most famous women and wry observations on life. 75,000 first printing.
Revealing himself to be a consummate storyteller, stage and screen star Everett (My Best Friend's Wedding) pens a delightfully witty memoir in which he reveals his life experiences as an up-and-coming actor, detailing everything from the eccentricities of the British upper class to the madness of Hollywood.
About the Author
Everett was born and raised in the United Kingdom. Educated in a Benedictine monastery, he left school at the age of fifteen and made his way to London to pursue theater. He eventually joined the avant-garde Citizens Theater Company of Glasgow, where he began his theater career in repertory. He toured with this company around Europe and England prior to, and while making a name for himself in various film and television productions. Everett resides in Europe.