Randy Taraborrelli. Behind the Candelabra. Alex Thorleifson. Deconstructing Sammy. Matt Birkbeck. Talk Show. Dick Cavett.
But Enough About Me. Burt Reynolds. What's So Funny? Tim Conway. The Kid Stays in the Picture. Robert Evans. John Lithgow. You Must Remember This. Robert J. Jerry Weintraub. Jeannie Out of the Bottle. Barbara Eden. I, Rhoda. Valerie Harper. Life Is Not a Stage. Florence Henderson. Fairy Tale Interrupted.
RoseMarie Terenzio. Bob Newhart. Pieces of My Heart. Kristen Johnston. Country Girl. Edna O'Brien. Yes, Chef. Marcus Samuelsson. Both of Us. Ryan O'Neal. What Really Happened. Rielle Hunter. Steve McQueen.
Frank Langella's 'Dropped Names' is a juicy memoir
Marc Eliot. The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe. So That Happened. Jon Cryer. Once Upon a Secret. Mimi Alford. There Was a Little Girl. Brooke Shields. Love Life. Rob Lowe. The Kennedy Detail.
Gerald Blaine. Bobby and Jackie. David Heymann. Then Again. Diane Keaton. Diary of a Mad Diva. Joan Rivers. This Is Your Captain Speaking. Gavin MacLeod. And Furthermore. Judi Dench. What Remains. Carole Radziwill. There Goes Gravity. Lisa Robinson. Girl Walks into a Bar. Rachel Dratch. Truth and Consequences. Laurie Sandell. Boys in the Trees. Carly Simon. How I Got This Way. Regis Philbin.
Restaurant Man. Joe Bastianich. I'll Drink to That. Betty Halbreich. The Book of Joan. Melissa Rivers. The Outsider. Jimmy Connors. Never Have Your Dog Stuffed. Alan Alda. Dirty Daddy. Bob Saget. I Hate Everyone Starting with Me. The Real Diana. Lady Colin Campbell. I'm Over All That. Shirley MacLaine. Elizabeth the Queen. Sally Bedell Smith. My Father at Ron Reagan.
Rather Outspoken. Langella seemed quite straightforward. I was never a fan, although the latest movie I saw him in gave him a very full-blooded part that caught my interest. His voice, of course, is among the finest speaking voices recorded. His subjects are just about all dead.
Dropped Names: Famous Men and Women As I Knew Them
Besides avoiding libel problems, this allows for stories that are complete with endings. Beyond that, there are moments of poignant memory that are very touching. A couple of passages made me catch my breath. A good read, and not especially scandalous. Told with considerable dry humor. What more could you want? I knew very little of the author but thoroughly enjoyed this book. Dropped names is an apt title as the number of well known people involved in Langella's life is staggering.
Will listen to this again soon. He's intelligent, self reflective, revealing, and an entertaining story teller. All of those qualities make this such a delightful book. I looked forward to getting into my car and listen to Frank Langella read his own book and tell wonderful stories about celebrities he's known: he can demystify celebrity while engaging the reader in a treasure of life's lessons.
He is an exceptional narrator. This is the first author narration in which the material was not negatively effected by the typical amateurish sounding author's own narration. Langella is a masterful narrator, to be expected of an actor I suppose, but still this is first rate.
The writing is clever and smart and, necessarily, catty, mean, score-settling but And the detailed memories of well-know people! This audiobook doesn't sound like People magazine, more like Insecure People magazine. George C. Scott, Liz Taylor, Paul Newman mix pathos with talent. Langella spares no one and certainly not himself. He sounds like he was a horse's ass of a young talent.
Richard Burton comes off as a total ass no matter his age. Loved this audiobook. What made the experience of listening to Dropped Names the most enjoyable? Langella's voice was so delicious. And knowing that everything he spoke of was his own observations, for good or ill. What other book might you compare Dropped Names to and why?
Not as deeply personal as David Niven's autobiographies, yet much, much, much more poetic. Which scene was your favorite? The description of his accidental "meeting" with Marilyn Monroe. The whole scene was almost painful in its beauty. It took my breath away. There were many more breathtaking pieces of writing, but this one in particular was solitary in its perfection.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry? I so loved the reading that I will be buying a hardcopy of the book. I want to revel in that beautiful prose. Any additional comments? If this book was truly written by Mr. Langella, he definitely had an alternate method to earn a living. While Frank Langella is best known for his movie work, he was first and foremost a stage actor. He knew everyone, befriended most of them and has a lifetime of stories to tell about them all. I enjoyed this very much.
What did you love best about Dropped Names? Frank Langella's voice is worth the trip. Memoirs by Tony Curtis and Kirk Douglas. His resonant voice. Frank Langella goes out of his way to reveal the weaknesses of many celebrities through the telling of catty stories. He reveals little of his personal life, only suggesting failed marriage s with several children and many sexual conquests. He remains true to his stage and screen personna, a cold and calculating customer with nary a hint of humanity.
Where does Dropped Names rank among all the audiobooks you??? Langella has written a good entertaining book. Mr Langella does a good job presenting a positive presentation of the many celebrities he has met in his life. A really good celebrity memoir more interested in the people Mr Langella has met in his life.
What did you like best about this story? I enjoyed Frank's celebrity chapters as opposed to chapter and boring chapter on the writer's point of view as an actor and celebrity. What does Frank Langella bring to the story that you wouldn??? Mr Langella brings his personal interest and confident voice in reading his own book. Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting? Yes, this is a book I wanted to listen entirely in one sitting.
Very nice of Mr Langella's admission of Raul Julia as his boyfriend.
His commentaries were so honest and enjoyable. I feel as if Mr Langella has been a life long friend. If you care even a little bit about Old Hollywood, you need to read this luxuriously written book. If you want to hear the best narration ever committed to an audio file, please hear this. Hollywood's best kept secret, Frank Langella, has been there and done everything one and tells his stories with tactful abandon.
My favorite story is his on-set dalliance with the beauty of mythological proportions, Rita Hayworth at the time 20 years his senior. He shed light on her secret even to her struggle with Alzheimer's starting at age 53, for which she was chalked up as a crazy, paranoid alcoholic. Exceptional purchase. Not bad. I got bored with him telling me how wonderful Jackie Onasis was. She was only famous because she was the wife of Edward Kennedy as far as I am concerned.
Some of the language was a bit crude. The use of the 'C' word I could have done without.
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And some of the sex 'scenes' I could have done without as well. But all in all worth a listen. Frank Langella has cleverly chosen to stick to the bits the majority want to read. Nothing much of his early or private life. Just a collection of short stories about those he has met and his opinion on them.
Matter of fact and eloquently written by and read by the Author. He doesn't set himself above those he writes about either.
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