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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!
|Chapter 1||Auntie Mame on Broadway||1|
|Chapter 2||Getting Roz||9|
|Chapter 3||The Making of a Hit Play||23|
|Chapter 4||A Star Is Reborn||57|
|Chapter 5||Auntie Mame in Hollywood||79|
|Chapter 6||Mame: The Broadway Musical||101|
|Chapter 7||From Rehearsal to Opening Night||126|
|Chapter 8||Mame: The Movie Musical||152|
|Chapter 9||The Real Auntie Mame||172|
|Chapter 10||Patrick Dennis: Auntie Mame's Creator||180|
|Chapter 11||Mame for Television||189|
|Chapter 12||Auntie Mame, Too?||213|
|Appendix A||Auntie Mame on Broadway: Cast List||225|
|Appendix B||Auntie Mame--Warner Bros. (1958) Cast List||228|
|Appendix C||Mame on Broadway: Cast List||231|
|Appendix D||Mame--Warner Bros. (1974) Cast List||234|
|Appendix E||Books by Patrick Dennis||237|
|Appendix F||The Plays of Lawrence and Lee||238|
|Appendix G||The Musicals of Jerry Herman||239|
Posted January 30, 2006
This is a fun and interesting read for fans of the book, play, and/or musical. Lots of photos, tidbits & trivia, and an interesting look at the casting of the star. However, this is a book in serious need of an editor. Typos galore! How did this get published?Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 19, 2004
I'm so thankful that Kensington has republished this wonderful, long out-of-print treasure and went several steps beyond by having the author UPDATE the book. We now have a fuller picture of the recent battles to bring AUNTIE MAME to the big and small screen with Richard Jordan detailing all the initial interest, demands for script changes, and collapse of various projects when scripts were written (and REWRITTEN) for actresses like Angela Lansbury, Goldie Hawn, Whoopi Goldberg, Barbra Streisand, Bette Midler and Cher. Jordan not only read many of the scripts--which range from misguided (Goldie Hawn's script would have been set in the 60s and present day) to the glorious. BUT DARLING... is filled with great B&W photos and whether you're a fan of the Rosalind Russell AUNTIE MAME or even the Lucille Ball musical MAME (did you know Madeline Kahn was fired from that film by Lucy?), there's plenty of gossip and deep affection for the creators (not only Patrick Dennis but Jerome Lawrence, Robert E. Lee and Jerry Herman). A fascinating, enlightening tale of the evolution of this eternal gay icon who told us to 'Live! Live! Live! Life is a banquette and most poor suckers are starving to death!' The perfect gift for movie and theatre buffs.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.