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Dropped Names: Famous Men and Women As I Knew Them

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9 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

This was really enjoyable. It's like sitting down and having a c

This was really enjoyable. It's like sitting down and having a chat with the author over coffee, just reminiscing about people he's known. There were some people he liked and some he didn't and he stated very clearly why. There was NO bashing. Anyone who thinks this was...
This was really enjoyable. It's like sitting down and having a chat with the author over coffee, just reminiscing about people he's known. There were some people he liked and some he didn't and he stated very clearly why. There was NO bashing. Anyone who thinks this was an exercise in "bashing" anyone either didn't actually read the whole book or didn't understand it. This is clearly stated as one man's memories and experiences. And Langella is in no way, shape or form B list.

posted by morganmad on April 14, 2012

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9 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

An odd book. I began it with high expectations, since I find La

An odd book. I began it with high expectations, since I find Langella to be an intelligent, highly skilled actor. What I've discovered by reading his memoir of now-dead famous friends and acquaintances, however, is that I don't think I like him very much; he's a littl...
An odd book. I began it with high expectations, since I find Langella to be an intelligent, highly skilled actor. What I've discovered by reading his memoir of now-dead famous friends and acquaintances, however, is that I don't think I like him very much; he's a little too cruel for my taste. Consider this about Roddy Mcdowell -- "I watched him work the room like a cordless vacuum cleaner, sucking up celebrity droppings."

Or perhaps that's not fair. More accurately stated, I feel somewhat sorry for him. Reading between the lines here, he comes off as a very smart, somewhat insecure man with a dodgy semi-transparent sex life (there is a lot of slap and tickle in the book with famous women of all ages and, one suspects, a few tumbles--or at least exploratory sessions--with men) and a longing to be seen as both attractive and important, who regardless of accomplishments is dissatisfied and snarky. True, he does not escape his own criticism, but there's something about this parade of elderly, mostly drunken, sad, sick and lonely actors that left me feeling little more than pity for the entire profession. Many creative people feel this way, of course -- God knows I've met my fair share of writers who fit the bill.

His prose his fine -- not brilliant writing, but it serves -- and he certainly does know a lot of famous folks, many of whom say clever, if unkind, things about each other. Still, I think I'll go back and watch his STUNNING performance in "Starting Our In The Evening." I prefer that Langella.

posted by LaurenBDavis on June 10, 2012

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  • Posted April 17, 2012

    First of all, this work is totally enthralling...as what wouldn'

    First of all, this work is totally enthralling...as what wouldn't be, if it digs up new dirt, full of worms, about top celebrities, now all deceased (but known first-hand), with the sharpest of spades. Note the words "new" and "all deceased": most of the dirt is new, and the fact that the bodies are safely below ground is troublesomely underhanded, no? But I can almost hear Langella cackling over his cleverness while under his breath. The pages turn like wildfire as one races to get to the punchlines. You're rarely quite sure where anyone stands in his esteem until you reach the end of a character sketch, and as often as not, that standing is something of a non-sequitur from what's gone before. In retrospect, I wouldn't have missed this book for the world, but its conception is somewhat despicable. And full of resentment, I suspect, from a not-quite-A-list actor, whose aura for me has always had an element of the sleaze (like anyone, I'm not 100 o/o free of bias). He tries unsuccessfully to cover his ego with elegant chicanery, and there's some discomfort for the reader in the way he relates how he asked several of his subjects, out of the blue, about their sexual bents and experiences, while elsewhere boasting subtly about his own, through several marriages and many heterosexual affairs which somehow don't seem to tell the whole story. He could have had the aging, lonely, vulnerable Liz Taylor at will, you gather, but....

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 24, 2012

    Thoughtful & Candid

    Yes, it's full of dishy stories of celebrities of another era, but over the course of reading Mr. Langella's retelling you do get a measure of his own character. On balance, he seems as candid in revealing parts of himself. I was fascinated by his fawning politeness to some of the greats he's met, as well as when he'd refuse to kowtow to arrogant actors regardless of their public image. I never forgot him in Diary of a Mad Housewife so it was fun to read the backstory on what was happening in his life at the time. And what a life he's had. An intense, great talent who's just a little less of a mystery.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted September 10, 2012

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    1 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2012

    Hollywood Tidbits

    Individual chapters of famous people the author has had the opportunity to encounter. An easy read with some surprising personal tidbits on people we thought we knew. Refreshing, and written more as a friend to others.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2012

    Loved this book could not put it down--

    I think Mr. Langella probably has another book of these kinds of remembrances. I'd lsove to read it!

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2012

    Highly Recommended

    I really enjoyed reading this book. As the author stated, the story line was associated with name dropping, but Mr. Langella shared some very interesting information about individuals that I had never read before. (I like to read biographies mostly.) This was one of those books I looked forward to getting back to each time I had to put it down. Very well written and worth the reader's time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2012

    I enjoyed this book, well written, thoughtful and never smarmy.

    I enjoyed this book, well written, thoughtful and never smarmy. Written by an adult, with no axe to grind and no need to shock or steal the spotlight.

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