My Trip Down the Pink Carpet

My Trip Down the Pink Carpet

by Leslie Jordan
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My Trip Down the Pink Carpet by Leslie Jordan

A hilarious romp from small-town USA to the pink carpet of Hollywood with the beloved Emmy-winning actor, playwright, and gay icon.

Leslie Jordan is a small man with a giant propensity for scene stealing. Best known for his bravura recurring role as Karen's nemesis, Beverley Leslie, on Will & Grace (for which he won a Best Guest Actor in a Comedy Series Emmy in 2006), he has also made memorable appearances on Ally McBeal, Boston Public, Monk, and Murphy Brown.

Raised in a conservative family in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Leslie—who describes himself as “the gayest man I know”—boarded a Greyhound bus bound for LA with $1,200 sewn into his underpants and never looked back. His pocket-sized physique and inescapable talent for high camp paved the way to a lucrative and varied career in commercials and on television. Along the way he immersed himself in writing for the stage, and his one-man testimonials have become cult off-Broadway hits. But with success came dangerous temptations: a self-proclaimed former substance abuser and sexaholic, Leslie has spent time in jail and struggled to overcome his addictions and self-loathing.

My Trip Down the Pink Carpet is a rollicking, fast-paced collection of stories, served up with wit, panache, and plenty of biting asides. Filled with comically overwrought childhood agonies, offbeat observations, and revealing celebrity encounters—from Boy George to George Clooney—it delivers a fresh, laugh-out-loud take on Hollywood, fame, addiction, gay culture, and learning to love oneself.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781439153482
Publisher: Gallery Books
Publication date: 06/02/2009
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Leslie Jordan hails from Chattanooga, Tennessee. Standing at just four feet eleven inches, he has become an instantly recognizable face in film and television. He is best known for his role as Beverley Leslie in the hit series Will & Grace, for which he won an Emmy in 2006. He lives in Los Angeles.

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My Trip Down the Pink Carpet 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'It is a terrible feeling when you cannot find your way home,' Jordan writes, describing a night out clubbing as a very young man in Atlanta. The sentiment is also a metaphor for Leslie's life, as well as for many of the rest of us. Finding your way home takes years of wondering, searching and facing disappointments. What I love most about this book is that Leslie Jordan has found his way home, and his famiiy of fans are here for him. The book ends with hope and help. Like Leslie, I'm a gay Southerner. 'They circled the wagons, as only true Southern [I'd add and Jewish] women can do, and created a secret garden where it was okay for little boys to play with dools.' They knew, they loved us, and they wanted in their own best way to protect us. God bless our Southern Mamas! Memoirs are tricky because how does one write about oneself subjectively? Usually too self-praising, or the other extreme self-deprecating. Leslie gets that tone just right. 'I would never be the kind of actor who could disappear into the roles he or she played. And quite frankly, I have never been asked to play a character I felt was more interesting than me in real life.' And how true! 'I've decided almost all gay men my age have what I call 'Marilyn Monroe syndrome.' We love to fall apart. We love to take pills and cry and carry on. We love self-recreated drama.' This book is funny, well-written (and well-edited) concise and a short-read. Enjoy it laugh and take away the few important lessons at that end.
ebnozn01 More than 1 year ago
Open, honest and heartfelt, Leslie Jordan takes you on his journey with him in a way that will make you laugh, cry and feel good. For anyone that is struggling to come to terms with themselves, this is a must read. It is inspiring to know that he emerged from the South, which is a very prejudiced area, and rose above it all. Definitely worth the read and if you can catch the video, definitely do so.
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lorabele More than 1 year ago
I thought there would be a lot more to this book, at least a lot more humor. It was a snore. It focused exclusively on his sexuality, and it just got boring after a while. He's so funny as an actor; I expected more.
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DwayneEConner More than 1 year ago
Leslie Jordan's "My Trip Down the Pink Carpet" is hysterical! I laughed out loud and teared up too.

Jordan's pace is quick, his humor outstanding and his life lessons and observations brilliant. Jordan has a gorgeous blend of healing humor with daring honesty and painful self discovery.

I believe "Truth is Simple" and that truth comes from the most unlikely places. Like Leslie, I too am a southern boy who quietly tip-toed from my southern baptist roots and followed my heart and dreams to a better quality of life through Spirituality, Self Help and the School of Hard Knocks.

I want to say "Thank You" Leslie for making us laugh out loud and for taking the time to create a hi-frequency product that uplifts, nurtures and empowers others. Through following your dreams and aspirations you remind us to hold steadfast to our dreams while following our heart.
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My mother has always been a devout reader my entire life and has passed this on to her daughters. Both of our husbands support the reading habit but have become increasingly resistant to rooms and rooms of books. So we have come up with a creative and generous scheme to feed our need and keep peace at home. My mother belongs to publisher's book clubs and she orders new or advanced copy books almost weekly. She works nights and lives alone so she generally watches when an author is doing press tours so she buys books in a wide variety. Then she passes them to my sister and I. After reading such touching and profound books as this we now donate them to small town libraries so the books can touch countless others. I have purchased this book in hard cover and plan on getting several more for the library closet to where my husband and I grew up in eastern KY.