Actor Frank Langella’s powers of observation lend the odd brief profiles in “ Dropped Names” substance and richness. Dropped NamesFamous Men and Women As I Knew ThemFrank LangellaHarper: pp., $Frank Langella’s “Dropped Names” is a. The Juiciest Bits From Frank Langella’s Celebrity-Leveling Memoir “Dropped Names”. “All actors are angry babies”: Langella. (Courtesy Getty.

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If there is someone you are particularly interested in, you can flip right to that chapter. No trivia or quizzes yet. Langella is a creature of the theater through and droped at a party featuring the Kennedys, it is the presence of Coward that gives him the most exciting surprise.

If the author is disarmingly frank about, say, Anne Bancroft’s temperament and his own unflattering opinion of Ricardo Montalban, he can also be unsettlingly coy about something else. Or actors whose early promise did materialise for a while but it was eventually ruined by the self-destructiveness, neediness, lack of emotional control, reality-denying narcissism and overwhelming emotional immaturity that seem to fall like a plague over many people in the acting community.

I tried to avoid doing that and read straight thru, but I did have to jump ahead and read the Roger Vadim section, being a huge fan of a gloriously terrible movie they did together called And God Created Woman A remake of sorts which swapped Bridget Bardot for Rebecca DeMornay.

I think less of Frank Langella. View all 7 comments. It’s got the same quiet snap in its smart put-downs, and enough of those to make a reader grateful for the praise that goes out when it goes out. There he allows droppex to become a bit vulnerable and it can be touching, if just momentarily so.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Unless the subject of the anecdote is directly involved in the sexual activities going on, Mr. 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.

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What a fun book to read. Hope he keeps his day job Aug 20, Mary Timbes rated it really liked it. With a single exception all the celebrities he accounts for have died, the contents set up in order of decease. Langella drops, not all so witheringly. The author is a terrific actor, and he permits himself an occasional serious observation about his craft; I could have used more.

He dated her 10 years before her death. Some stories here nsmes very compelling. Bush; such facts don’t exactly distinguish him in the entertainment world. Nonetheless, Dropped Names is an undeniable pleasure, one you may be tempted to devour too quickly.

Dropped Names: Famous Men and Women As I Knew Them

The chapter is focused in Langella attempt to put to stage on of Miller’s less successful plays, “After the fall”, where the main character is based in Miller himself. In short, this book is extremely entertaining for what it is–short tidbits and gossip about folks who are almost all dead.

Glad I listened to this one rather than reading the print version, as the author uses his considerable acting skills to highlight the text. I found this repetitive and therefore boring. Some of these nmes Langella knew well, others ever so briefly or tangentally, all touched him in some way that his sharing brings a new understand of these people to the reader and of fame. He has his favorites, too, like Raul Julia with whom he shared a long bromance, Jo Van Fleet, whom he admired and felt sorry for, and Maureen Stapleton, about whom I’ve Langella is a bit of a sly fox, opening the curtain to reveal the truth about so many actors and theatrical luminaries he has known, all of them dead.

I was saddened to see that George C. In a conversation with the author, he admitted that had acting not been open to him, he would have been a writer. She dissolved in laughter, managed two or three steps, and collapsed on the landing…A happy, giggly little girl. And it is essential for a great actor.

Refresh and try again. Some of the stories were very interesting, particularly the ones about the Kennedy’s and Elizabeth Taylor.

Langella’s acting is intense and dangerous. Some involve older actors who were famous even when Frank was a kid, and what it lwngella like to see them as much older colleagues later.

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Dropped Names: Famous Men and Women As I Knew Them by Frank Langella

Hill rated it liked it. I would give this an almost four. But, unlike a hunk of chocolate mousse cake, it’ll still be there for you to taste again and again in the future, as you’ll surely want to. He is downright mean at times. He hints at affairs he’s had in very high places–I’ll leave that for you to discover–and never mentions the name of Whoopi Goldberg.

Scott felt himself, despite his love and talent for acting, to be a fraud. Not many people can come across as silmutaneously self-aggrandizing and self-effacing. One story that I found just plain fun was the day he ended up meeting the Queen Mother of England It’s cleverly written and chock-full of actor-stories, however; if that’s as much your thing as it is mine, you’ll like this book too. Hardcoverpages.

Dropped Names: Famous Men and Women As I Knew Them – 4/16/

Massively uninteresting and self-involved guy. Some reviews, like the one by the New York Times, can be misleading. Frank Vrank is a very talented actor and seems a very straightforward person.

As the subtitle says and as Langella has pointed out in interviews, these are famous people as he experienced them, not necessarily as they actually were.

I know I will. Read it the next time you are sitting in an airport. Captured forever in a naes memoir, Frank Langela myriad encounters with some of the past century’s most famous human beings are profoundly affecting, funny, 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.

Even a nonthreatening presence such as Roddy McDowall “I watched him work the room like a cordless vacuum cleaner, sucking up celebrity droppings” comes in for a fran, punch.