But Darling, I'm Your Auntie Mame!: The Amazing History of the World's Favorite Madcap Aunt by Richard Tyler Jordan, Paperback | Barnes & Noble
But Darling, I'm Your Auntie Mame!: The Amazing History of the World's Favorite Madcap Aunt

But Darling, I'm Your Auntie Mame!: The Amazing History of the World's Favorite Madcap Aunt

by R.T. Jordan
     
 

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This is the amazing story of how one outrageous, larger-than-life but extraordinarily human fictional character became one of the most popular heroines ever to grace the pages of two novels, two stage plays and two screen adaptations. First published in 1955, Patrick Dennis's beloved novel chronicled a young boy's adventures with his eccentric, warm-hearted aunt -- a

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This is the amazing story of how one outrageous, larger-than-life but extraordinarily human fictional character became one of the most popular heroines ever to grace the pages of two novels, two stage plays and two screen adaptations. First published in 1955, Patrick Dennis's beloved novel chronicled a young boy's adventures with his eccentric, warm-hearted aunt -- a character played to perfection by actors as diverse as Rosalind Russell, Angela Lansbury, and Lucille Ball. But taking Mame from page to stage to screen proved to be a ride as wild as any of her fictional parties. There were fired writers, demanding stars, and a few lawsuits as well as moments of true genius, sheer luck, and career-making triumphs.

In this loving, exhaustively researched tribute to the world's favorite madcap aunt, confirmed "Mame-ophile" Richard Tyler Jordan shares fascinating behind-the-scenes stories from such Broadway and Hollywood luminaries as original Broadway producers Robert Fryer and Lawrence Carr, playwrights Robert E. Lee and Jerome Lawrence, and musical theatre legend Jerry Herman, as well as remembrances from cast members, screenwriters, producers, family members, and stars.

Filled with fascinating, never-before-told tales of Broadway and Hollywood's Golden Age, warm anecdotes, insider gossip, and heartbreaking moments, But Darling, I'm Your Auntie Mame! is a book as effervescent and unforgettable as the grand dame herself, and one no Mame buff should be without!

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Auntie Mame indisputably belongs to the pantheon of modern theatrical creations who have ascended from character to archetype, the grand old dame who initiates her young nephew into the joys of life in the big city. Generations of fans are certain to delight in this slight but entertaining anecdotal history of Auntie Mame's theatrical journey from a bestselling novel by Patrick Dennis to stage play to film (Auntie Mame) to Broadway musical and then film version of the musical (Mame). Jordan, a senior publicist at Walt Disney Studios, takes readers through the birthing process of each of these productions, filling his pages with reminiscences from those who lived them. The original play revived Rosalind Russell's faltering career; later, the musical did the same for Angela Lansbury. Judy Garland was interested in replacing Angela Lansbury when she departed after 775 performances, but the producers feared that Garland, who was brilliant in her audition, could not manage eight shows a week. When casting the movie version of Mame, Lucille Ball, who had a huge "Q" rating (public awareness level), was cast despite the apprehension of many theater and film people. Their fears were well taken: the reviews for the film in general and Ball in particular were scathing. Filled with wonderful anecdotes and backstage gossip, this is a colorful overview of how a now-classic play and musical, after some near-misses along the way, came to life. (July)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780758204820
Publisher:
Kensington
Publication date:
04/28/2004
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.08(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.89(d)

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