Kid Stays in the Picture

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Far more expansive than You'll Never Eat Lunch in This Town Again, The Kid Stays in the Picture by Hollywood giant and legendary "bad boy" Robert Evans is an intimate and fascinating account of his rise, fall, and rise again in show business that makes for a harrowing read. From his early days in radio to popularizing "women in pants" as part of Evan-Picone, to being "discovered" by Norma Shearer and Darryl Zanuck, to, bizarrely enough, becoming the first actor to ever run a motion picture studio, this is a ...
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Overview

Far more expansive than You'll Never Eat Lunch in This Town Again, The Kid Stays in the Picture by Hollywood giant and legendary "bad boy" Robert Evans is an intimate and fascinating account of his rise, fall, and rise again in show business that makes for a harrowing read. From his early days in radio to popularizing "women in pants" as part of Evan-Picone, to being "discovered" by Norma Shearer and Darryl Zanuck, to, bizarrely enough, becoming the first actor to ever run a motion picture studio, this is a page-turning autobiography more gripping than fiction at its best. Under Evans's aegis, Paramount Pictures went from the cellar to the penthouse, with such movies as The Odd Couple, Rosemary's Baby, Love Story, The Godfather, and Chinatown. An extraordinary raconteur, Evans spares no one, least of all himself. From Errol Flynn, Ava Gardner, and Jimmy Cagney to Jack Nicholson, Warren Beatty, and Sharon Stone, here is Hollywood, revealed as never before. Gambling with Mike Todd; fighting Francis Coppola; cajoling Mia Farrow and Faye Dunaway; on the hot seat with Charles Bluhdorn and Stanley Jaffe, Robert Evans, the producer's producer, has seen and done it all. Laced throughout this roller-coaster read are his fascinating liaisons with some of the world's most beautiful women, including his marriage and divorce to Ali MacGraw and Phyllis George. The Kid Stays in the Picture not only chronicles Hollywood's last half century, but its second golden age as well. This is a man whose life journey unfolds far more adventurously than any of the films he's produced. His candor is shocking: the lurid dark years of the '80s; his cocaine arrest; his implication in what were dubbed the "Cotton Club Murders"; his thoughts of suicide; his self-committal and escape from a mental institution. And lastly, the impossible! Being back in the catbird seat of power, once again sending shock waves through Hollywood and the world.

Love Story . . . The Godfather . . . Chinatown . . .No one had a hotter string of hits--or a more scandalous fall--than movie mogul and power player Robert Evans. From the top of the Paramount mountain to the bottom of the barrel and back, Evans omits nothing in the hottest tell-all since Julia Phillips. Serial rights to Premiere and New York. Photo insert.

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Major movie producer Evans, self-described ``bad boy of Hollywood,'' sums up his lifelong personal style succinctly in his memoir's last line: ``Resolve: Fuck 'em, fuck 'em all...'' Chronicling his high-drama life, Evans paints a riveting, self-promoting picture of his 30-year career in the film industry, from his 1956 debut in Man of a Thousand Faces to his lengthy stint, beginning in 1967, as the head of Paramount Pictures, where he oversaw the production of such cinematic hits as Barefoot in the Park; The Odd Couple; Goodbye, Columbus; Harold and Maude; Rosemary's Baby; The Godfather; Love Story; and Chinatown. In a predictably confident, often feisty tone, Evans describes his rise, fall and what he calls his recent return to the upper echelons of Tinseltown power, as he recalls personal encounters with, and memories of, such show-biz brand names as Errol Flynn, James Cagney, Jack Nicolson, Mia Farrow, Mike Todd, Francis Ford Coppola and two of his wives, Ali MacGraw and Phyllis George. Offering a real insider's view of Hollywood, Evans's memoir is easily worth the price of admission. (Sept.)
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Hailed by Variety as "one of the best Hollywood memoirs ever published," this account of the industry's movies, stars, & machinations is written by the man who steered Paramount to such blockbusters as Rosemary's Baby & The Godfather. B&W illus.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590071823
  • Publisher: New Millennium Entertainment
  • Publication date: 6/1/2004
  • Format: Cassette
  • Edition description: Abridged
  • Product dimensions: 4.52 (w) x 7.28 (h) x 1.23 (d)

Meet the Author

Evans is the producer of many films including Goodbye Columbus, Love Story, The Godfather, Chinatown, Paper Moon, Urban Cowboy, The Odd Couple, The Cotton Club, Silver and The Saint. He lives in Beverly Hills. He has one son, Josh Evans, whose mother is Ali McGraw.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2003

    A roller coaster ride

    A life that reads like a combination of daytime, nighttime soap opera and movie of the week ...Robert Evans seems more human than most people who has lived the type of life he has...he was self-effacing at times ,egomanic others...balanced in portrayal of himself ...successes and failures..a likable person, which is hard to believe!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2003

    The Father I Never Had

    This is the kind of hollywood story you rarely get to see through today's gauze of PR hacks and spin doctors. Messy? You bet. Ugly? Nobody said Hollywood was a pretty place. Self Serving? Hey, it's a book written about and by a HOLLYWOOD PRODUCER! Of course it's self serving. But, if you lose Ali MaGraw to Steve McQueen I think you earn the right to complain a bit (though I'm sure he was a Choir Boy while she was away ;-) I only wish it wasn't abridged. Evan's voice is strangely hypnotic. After the books over, you miss him. Hmmmm, maybe that's how the 80 year old "Kid" still stays in the picture even today.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2003

    Far more entertaining to read than live, I'm sure!

    What a riot! As guilty pleasures go, this is one of the best. Bob Evans' account of his life is not to be missed. After reading the paperback, I am tempted to go and pick up the audio (the recording of which was the inspiration for the movie). However do be warned, this book is all it promises to be: self-serving to the very end. Evans takes plenty of blame himself, and one can't help but think that he really did get the short end of the stick, but then again, he really didn't have to bring it all up now did he? ;) Highly recommended, anyone who picked this up expecting it to be something other than what it is is more ensconced in his or her own world than Bob is in his. I would hardly call "Rosemary's Baby", "Chinatown" and "The Godfather" mediocre movies. I only hope that Bob lives long enough to write another one!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2002

    This is an honest and fascinating memoir

    The Kid Stays in the Picture is a fascinating account from the veteran Hollywood insider. I could not put this book down and everyone I have given it to has been hooked as well. Evans is unapologetic and straight-forward in describing the ups and downs of his long career. It is as honest and free of ego as any autobiography I have ever read. Evans is unique because he is as honest with the long downward spiral of his career as he was with his years on top of the game. If you are a fan of Hollywood in the 70's or want to know the behind-the-scenes view of one of the greatest to work in the business, read this book. If Evans did not work in Hollywood, we would never have had the Godfather, Chinatown or many other of the great movies of the 1970's.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2002

    Inspiration to Those Who Get It

    Love him or hate him, you cannot deny that Robert Evans is the poster boy for persistence. His much-described rise, fall and recent revival of popularity should be required reading for all who desire a career in show business. Self-promotion aside, Evans' life story is an example of what can be accomplished if you just stick with the game. This book shows that he never gave up, never gave in, and has proven that "The Kid" truly has stayed in the picture. If he can do it, so can you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2002

    Everyone's a Scapegoat

    This is one memoir I should have left on the shelf. I thought it would be an interesting account of Hollywood's insiders, but it turned out to be a memoir of a man's inflated sense of self, as well as his inflated sense of sexual prowess. Robert Evans did nothing but write a 500 page book about everyone in the business who wronged him and ended his career. The famed producer of some mediocre films at best (less "Rosemary's Baby"), has revealed that every powerful person in Hollywood, New York, Washington D.C. to horrendous actors like Mickey Rourke were involved in a conspiracy to bring his career and personal life down. He takes little responsibility in his own downfall, only starting to sound a bit human discussing his unraveling relationship with Ali McGraw then taking the low road and placing the blame on Steve McQueen. His writing style leaves me wondering what editor allowed him to write the way he probably speaks, except after finishing I realized he probably gave the editor no choice. So instead I ask, "What publisher sought to build the egomaniac up even more by publishing this drivel?" Not recommended at all.

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