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Dropped Names: Famous Men and Women As I Knew Them

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

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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Most Helpful Critical Review

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 14, 2012

    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 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.

    9 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 28, 2012

    Mr. Langella is one of the finest actors living today. You get t

    Mr. Langella is one of the finest actors living today. You get to be that way by your experiences. In this book are just SOME of those experiences. But what experiences they are! Here is Hollywood, the classic Hollywood unlike today, behind the scenes. Not 'behind the scenes' as in 'how this film was made' but 'behind the scenes' of those who made them. Behind the scenes of the carefully crafted public images. Who was really like their public image? Who wasn't? Who longed for the public image they once had? Here are some of the stage and screen's royalty as they are, unguarded, unvarnished before one of their own where they need not let their public image out of the box.

    This is a great book and a great read! Mr. Langella's writing is as if you were sitting across from him at dinner in his house having a conversation. You are enthralled and fascinated. It is a book that could only come by way of one of THE great actors of stage and screen in our time.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 29, 2012

    Great read

    Frank Langella has worked and known most of the famous names of Broadway and Hollywood. In this book he writes about them truthfully. However, except for just one person, he only writes about those who have departed this world.

    His portraits are revealing but not mean-spirited. He just helps us understand that even the most famous are just human beings like the rest of us.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2012

    A lovely, witty, insightful book that blends juicy gossip with g

    A lovely, witty, insightful book that blends juicy gossip with genuine wisdom about life, aging, and relationships.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2013

    Nightmare Rarity chapter 10

    Spike wiped away a salty tear rolling down his cheek. He looked into the sky and gasped. The Wonderbolts, all of them, came streaming down like rocks. They landed smoothly, but panic filled their eyes. Soon everypony in Ponyville was gathered around." Cloudsdale... A Nightmare... Purple mane..." Spitefire panted. Suddenly Rainbow flew up." Cloudsdale?!" Rainbow looked paniced. She had went pale, her eyes wide."No... not Cloudsdale!" Soon Luna had flown down. Her eyes were tired, a dull look in them. She didnt say a word, but she gave Twiligtt her horn and Apple Jack her voice." Thanks, Luna !" They both said. Luna also had replaced their ballon and gave them their ability to walk on clouds. As soon as they reached Cloudsdale, the Weather Factory was spewing snowflakes, hail and rain, while rainbows gushed out, soaking the clouds. In the center of it all was none other than Nightmare Rarity.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2012

    A log

    In it is full of 100 mice

    0 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2012

    Jealousy

    **sits patuently**

    0 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2012

    Likable Langella

    He's a bit of a pompous ass, but it appears that he knows it----and what stories he has to tell!

    Frank Langella's career has extended through a time that allowed him to work with Golden Agers past their youth and rising stars of the past several decades.

    It's a great read, even if you want to disagree with him. His opinions are his own, and after all....he lived the life that formed them!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2012

    highly recommended

    loved it..

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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