by Garson Kanin

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BN ID: 2940157914400
Publisher: TFT Corporation
Publication date: 02/12/2016
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 787,357
File size: 544 KB

About the Author

GARSON KANIN (1912-1999) was an esteemed theater and film director, as well as a prolific writer. In addition to short stories and essays, he wrote novels and memoirs, among them One Hell of an Actor, A Thousand Summers, Smash, Hollywood, Remembering Mr. Maugham, and Tracy and Hepburn. After making his theatrical debut as an actor, he became a stage director and then a director for RKO with the films A Man to Remember (1938) and My Favorite Wife (1940). During World War II, he co-directed the Academy Award-winning documentary The True Glory. He followed this success by writing and directing the play Born Yesterday. Over the next four decades, he wrote numerous plays, including Peccadillo, Remembering Mr. Maugham, The Rat Race, and The Smile of the World. With wife Ruth Gordon, he wrote the Academy Award-nominated screenplays A Double Life, Adam’s Rib and Pat and Mike. Ruth Gordon died in 1985, and Kanin married Marian Seldes in 1990. He died at his home in New York in 1999.

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Garson Kanin was involved in Hollywood for many years, knew many of the greats in film making in its golden years. In this novel he makes use of his inside knowledge.The story centers on the fictional Ben Farber of Farber Films. He is in negotiations to sell his company, and he tells Guy Barrerre, the narrator and negotiator, the story of his life. And what a life! He gets into the film business almost from the beginning, working for Mack Sennett and D. W. Griffith in New York and moving with them to Hollywood. He thought Mabel Normand was grand, and tells the story of her bizarre relationship with Sennett. Later chapters tell the horrible story of the nightmare that happened to Fatty Arbuckle, acquitted of a crime he did not commit but unable to get work afterwards. Then comes the poignant story of Greta Garbo and John Gilbert, after that the amusing story of the search for an actress to play Scarlett O'Hara, and the sad story of Marilyn Monroe. It is a terrific tale of the movie industry from its beginnings through the golden age. Great book for Hollywood buffs.