Speedbumps: Flooring It through Hollywoodby Teri Garr, Henriette Mantel
I was originally up for the principal female role in Young Frankenstein. Mel Brooks was directing. He had just finished/i>
At once laugh-out-loud funny and remarkably down-to-earth, the popular Oscar-nominated actress muses about movies, men, motherhood, and MS in a book that is both Hollywood hilarious and personally moving
I was originally up for the principal female role in Young Frankenstein. Mel Brooks was directing. He had just finished Blazing Saddles, and was at the top of the comedy world.In The New Yorker, the late, great film critic Pauline Kael called Garr, "the funniest neurotic dizzy dame."
Mel had picked me out of five hundred girls, but admitted that he was still trying to convince Madeline Kahn to take the lead role. After I auditioned three times, Madeline finally did decide to take the part of the fianc�e.
I was crushed. I�d never come so close to getting a major part in a major movie. But then Mel told me that if I came back the next day with a German accent I could read for the part of Inga, Gene Wilder�s buxom lab assistant.
A German accent in twenty-four hours? Luckily, I was still on The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour, and, as fate would have it, Cher�s wig stylist was German. So, I sat in on Cher�s hairstyling session (that gave me hours of study!) and emerged with a perfect German accent when saying, �Mein Gott, zis vig veighs forty pounds.� That would translate to the script!
There was one last thing I needed for Inga. Or two, actually. I realized Inga�s part was really all about the boobs, so the next day I went in to the audition wearing a bra stuffed with socks. People pay over five thousand dollars for a boob job today. Mine cost under five dollars at Woolworth�s, and got me the part, my biggest to date.
I was thrilled. I�d been chosen by one of the best. My career was finally in motion.
I got to thinking that I should have stuffed my bra with socks for every audition.
Author Bio: Teri Garr is a leading advocate in raising awareness for multiple sclerosis and one of Hollywood�s most beloved comic actresses, starring in such classic films as Young Frankenstein, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Mr. Mom, and Tootsie, for which she received an Academy Award nomination.
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TERI GARR is a leading advocate in raising awareness for multiple sclerosis, and one of Hollywood's most beloved comic actresses.
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This book is a must read if you have been recently diagnosed with MS. Through Teri's story you can see how her life began changing and how long it took for her to realize that something was wrong. It gives the reader, especially if newly diagnosed, a sense of community, they are not alone in the confusion and time it takes to figure out what the symptoms mean and getting a confirmed diagnosis. Teri uses humor to help the reader laugh at the tough spots she finds herself in and how to overcome the stereotypes that go with having MS. I would recommend this book even if you don't have MS because it is such an inspirational story that everyone will benefit from reading.
I really enjoyed learning a good bit about Teri Garr's life. She's been a favorite of mine since she danced on "Shindig". We get to see her slow evolution from humble beginnings and cheer as she succeeds. She details the ravages of her MS, which began so subtly, and are inspired by the way she accommodates it into her life. I would have liked much more "insider" information, but enjoyed what was there.
The sample was one paragraph that said ABSOLUTELY nothing. Being that I have MS, possibly looking forward to reading it, it gave me no insight into the book.
I'm enjoying her book right now--about half way through. I have MS like she does and can relate to her. I didn't know she was such a talented dancer! All these years I recall her in films like Close Encounters and Young Frankenstein. She's one cool chick.