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The Kid Stays in the Picture: A Notorious Life
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The Kid Stays in the Picture: A Notorious Life

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by Robert Evans
 

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Robert Evans' The Kid Stays in the Picture is universally recognized as the greatest, most outrageous, and most unforgettable show business memoir ever written. The basis of an award-winning documentary film, it remains the gold standard of Hollywood storytelling.
 
With black-and-white photographs from the author's archive and a new

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Robert Evans' The Kid Stays in the Picture is universally recognized as the greatest, most outrageous, and most unforgettable show business memoir ever written. The basis of an award-winning documentary film, it remains the gold standard of Hollywood storytelling.
 
With black-and-white photographs from the author's archive and a new introduction by the legendary actor, producer, and Hollywood studio chief Robert Evans, The Kid Stays in the Picture is driven by a voice as charming and irresistible as any great novel.
 
An extraordinary raconteur, Evans spares no one, least of all himself. Filled with starring roles for everyone from Ava Gardner to Marlon Brando to Sharon Stone, The Kid Stays in the Picture: A Notorious Life is sharp, witty, and self-aggrandizing, and self-lacerating in equal measure.

This is a must-read for fans of American cinema and classics of the canon, including The Odd Couple, Rosemary’s Baby, Love Story, The Godfather, and Chinatown.

Editorial Reviews

Janet Maslin
“Don’t even try to put it down.”
Michael Fleming
“The best Hollywood memoir I’ve ever read!”
Nathan Rabin
“The book plays like a raunchy, randy Hollywood fairy tale about a prince who lost it all only to win it all back through pluck, charm, and persistence. . . Is it a good book? Try great. Enduring. One for the ages.”
Huffington Post
“[An] incendiary and candid memoir.”
Entertainment Weekly
Top Three Greatest Hollywood Tell-Alls
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
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.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062228321
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
06/04/2013
Pages:
499
Sales rank:
161,130
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

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Michael Fleming

“The best Hollywood memoir I’ve ever read!”

Meet the Author

Robert Evans, the former chief of Paramount Studios, produced many of the most acclaimed and successful films of all time, including The Godfather, Chinatown, Rosemary's Baby, Love Story, Marathon Man, and Urban Cowboy. He lives in Beverly Hills, California.

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Anonymous 3 months ago
If you read this for the writing style you will hate it. Evans can't write well. HOWEVER, if you surrender to your curiosity about the inner workings of the movie industry this story will enthrall you. I came into this without any expectations. As the daughter of a movie star and with my own daughter now a costume designer living in a hillside home right under the Hollywood sign, this stuff informs my being. After reading this book I think I understand it even more - and it makes me doubly happy to be living far away from that movie machine world. I am thoroughly enjoying The Kid Stays in the Picture. Do I love it? No, I am unable to love bad writing - but everything starts with story and this is an important story about an important stretch of time in the history of movie- making.
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TERRIBLE QND I REPEAT TERRIBLE