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Dropped Names: Famous Men and Women As I Knew Them [Kindle Edition]

Frank Langella
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“Splendid. . . . As much a memoir as a primer on the vicissitudes of an actor’s life, the book is a collage based on real-life situations that offer touching insights into stars like Rita Hayworth, and into the practical magic that informs Langella’s signature sensibility.” (The New Yorker)

“Rarely have I read a book about celebrities that is as insightful, candid, revealing, and as well-written as this one. Frank Langella’s memoir is not the usual author’s ego trip, but rather his remembrances of the many accomplished men and women that he has come to know.” (Gay Talese, author of A Writer's Life)

“A delightfully unabashed page-turner about people we wish we had known in the throes of work, love, and growing old.” (A.R. Gurney, award-winning playwright)

“Engaging. . . .Not just Langella’s “famous people I have known,” but a heartfelt love letter to the theater and to the days when stars were stars, not merely celebrities.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“Dropped Names is a sizzling platter of stellar vignettes—pungent, for sure, but poignant too. . . . Mr. Langella is surgically precise, and eloquent. . . . The human condition in most of its vagaries is beautifully rendered between these pages.” (Liz Smith)

“ If Frank Langella’s memoir simply did what its title promises, it would be deep-dish gossip. But his memories of the stars he’s encountered during a lengthy career on Broadway and in film shed perceptive light on the costs of pursuing and maintaining fame.” (Detroit Free Press)

“Langella’s uncommonly eloquent book is enjoyable for the panoply of great names who turn up. . . . A natural raconteur, he seems to fit precisely Henry James’s famous description of the novelist as one ‘on whom nothing is lost.’” (New York Times)

“Frank Langella’s DROPPED NAMES is a different kind of memoir. . . . Not many of his peers could write such an eloquently dishy book.” (Los Angeles Times)

“The 65 chapters in this satisfyingly scandalous memoir paint Broadway and Hollywood as teeming with vulgar, neurotic and irresistible company, and Langella as relentlessly affable in the face of nonstop groping by celebrities in far-flung locations.” (Paperback Row, New York Times)


Rita Hayworth dancing by candlelight; Elizabeth Taylor 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 street...

Captured forever in a unique memoir, Frank Langella’s myriad encounters with some of the past century’s most famous human beings are profoundly affecting, funny, wicked, sometimes shocking, and utterly irresistible. With sharp wit and a perceptive eye, Mr. Langella takes us with him into the private worlds and privileged lives of movie stars, presidents, royalty, literary lions, the social elite, and the greats of the Broadway stage. We learn something, too, of Mr. Langella’s personal journey from the age of fifteen to the present day. Dropped Names is, like its subjects, riveting and unforgettable.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 513 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 384 Seiten
  • Verlag: Harper; Auflage: Reprint (27. März 2012)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0062094475
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062094476
  • ASIN: B006L7I2ZG
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Unterhaltsam und Überraschend 14. November 2013
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Gut geschriebener Gossip. 66 kurze oder längere Geschichten über mittlerweile verstorbene Kollegen von Frank Langella ( zB. Charles Laughton, Montgomery Clift, Noel Coward, Lee Strasberg, James Mason. Richard Burton, Dolores del Rio, Rita Hayworth, Laurence Olivier etc. etc. - und wie er das Zusammentreffen mit ihnen empfand - sehr rasant, sehr prägnant oftmals 'juicy' aber immer sehr unterhaltsam.
Am sympathischsten ist er mir, wenn er über Freunde schreibt wie den unvergessenen Raul Julia
Ich konnte das Buch jedenfalls kaum aus der Hand legen und warte auf ein Fortsetzung...
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Sehr unterhaltsam! 17. Februar 2013
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Für Kino-Fans ein unbedingtes "Muss"; liest sich locker, leicht und flüssig; ist ohne Gehässigkeiten geschrieben; respektvoller Umgang mit KollegInnen, keineswegs selbstverständlich!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Magnificent, Poignant 29. März 2012
Von AudreyLM - Veröffentlicht auf
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I downloaded Mr. Langella's memoir on Audible so had the immense pleasure of hearing him read his own words. Growing up in NY in the 60s and 70s I was treated to a Broadway show on every birthday and adored Frank Langella in Dracula on my 17th. I was eager to learn more about him and now I have, but oh how much more I've received from this exquisite, wry, utterly revealing look at so many legendary actors, many at the sometimes tragic ends of their lives. Among my favorites are his reminiscences of Raul Julia (Two Gentlemen from Verona was another birthday treat) and Abe Hirschfeld still hard at work at age 99 (who once so kindly wrote back to me explaining that Nina was his "red-haired daughter" in response to my query at age 12). It brought back Sunday mornings fighting over who got to read Section Two of the Times first. Mr. Langella is honest, sometimes brutally, about these individuals and about himself, keenly insightful and ultimately deeply compassionate. This book is a brilliant historical document of New York theater in the 20th century, and much more. I had to pause often as I listened to add names to the list of people to whom I will send this book, and the list continues to grow.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The Stories of Legends 27. März 2012
Von Mark R. Trost - Veröffentlicht auf
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I bought this book this morning and inhaled it in two sittings. It's a fascinating read provided by a good solid writer.

I do not read autobiographies. Hell, age has taught me that history is written by gossips. And autobiographies are read through rose-colored glasses and written with hubristically hued pens. But Langella's title intrigued me. He hooked me with his preface. We experience his stories through his eyes but not from his perspective. He is the pupil - not the reader. I don't know more about Langella than I did before I read his remembrances. I've learned about his mentors. He doesn't mention them as much as he dissects them. He masterfully creates a mosaic of moving memories. His subjects are the stuffs of legends. There is a reason their names are the marques of his chapters. When I finished the book I felt entertained yet strangely saddened. Many of these names have faded and will soon be forgotten. It's good to have them set into a worthy work.

Langella's bio suggests this is his foray into a career evolution. Good. The man can write. I look forward to my next read.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A splendid surprise 8. April 2012
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I decided to purchase this book after reading Frank Langella's touching portrait of Rita Hayworth which was excerpted in Newsweek. What a splendid surprise. Langella, 74, a star of stage and screen for 40 years, writes about 66 celebrities he has known.

At first, they don't seem to be arranged in any particular order, but Langella points out in the preface that they appear according to the date they died. The pieces range from two pages to 16 pages (Liz Taylor). Most are 4-5 pages.

Many of the pieces are poignant and sad. Much of the sadness comes from people thinking they're still stars when their time has passed. Langella is perceptive, sensitive and honest. Langella is a fine writer, one who can paint a picture and turn a phrase. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

Here are some of his observations of famous people he has known:

Lee Strasberg: Cruel and rather ridiculous demigod; arrogant and insufferable.

Rita Hayworth: One of God's lost souls; She is the single most tragic example of how far from the real person an image can be; From the moment I met her, she haunted my imagination.

Tony Perkins: A book with such a beautiful cover on whose pages were most likely written crippling and indelible words of shame and guilt.

Dinah Shore: An extraordinary example of what a woman can accomplish without a man and still retain her femininity; a person of soft Southern demeanor, full of integrity and honest curiosity.

Jackie Kennedy Onassis: Not shy but canny; skilled in the art of mystery and allure; someone for whom money was an aphrodisiac.

Raul Julia: Defined real masculinity.

Ida Lupino: Needed to be loved and nurtured.

Robert Mitchum: Epitome of a macho movie star; hard-drinking, drug-taking and a womanizer.

Roddy McDowell: Impossible to dislike.

Loretta Young: Radiated the aura of a movie star almost more than anyone I ever met; valued artifice and religion more than the love and comfort of her own child.

Anthony Quinn: His aura was sour and his sense of entitlement was prevalent.

Anne Bancroft: Just about impossible to please; consumed by galloping narcissism that often undermined her talents.

Charlton Heston: Had about as much sex appeal as a railroad tie and about as humorless as a CAT scan.

Paul Newman: Male perfection; gave everything he had to every role; physically perfect but emotionally vacant; the center of every universe.

Dominick Dunne: On his death bed, he was unable to speak the truth to a son who was sitting 20 feet away; instead he preferred to look at a mock-up of a new book and discuss possible profits that he would never see.

Jill Clayburgh: Her funny, fun-loving face, a ready smile and intelligence made her a spectacular and sexy package.

Liz Taylor: Exceptionally certain of herself; nothing modest about her; She had a divine arrogance and would not take "No" for an answer.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Distasteful 8. Mai 2012
Von Cheryl - Veröffentlicht auf
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I have always admired Frank Langella and his accomplishments. After reading this book I honestly dislike the person who wrote it. Bottom line, after reading the 2 and 1 star reviews I can say that I totally agree with them . He certainly appears to have alot of negative energy and I would not want to visit that energy again.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Says as much about Langella as it does his subjects 17. Oktober 2012
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Langella's actor/theatre cronies and friends among the 1% (with very few exceptions) were self-centered narcissists, according to this tell-all. No surprise, as this seems to be the typical personality type of many in this business. But by the end of the book, it was pretty obvious that Langella loved/hated them because he was just like them. A few amusing stories sprinkled in, but mostly a slog through the aging vanity of those who, when not on stage, were either bores or obnoxious a**holes.

Most telling - his dismissal of Paul Newman's talent, to quote: "(he) wanted, I believe, to be thought of as a great actor. He wasn't." and "As beautiful as he was, he personally had very little sex appeal." Sounds like the musing of someone who is unable to disguise his jealousy.

Langella should have waited until after his own death to publish this one. Almost too depressing to finish.
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