Actor Frank Langella’s powers of observation lend the odd brief profiles in “ Dropped Names” substance and richness. Dropped NamesFamous Men and Women As I Knew ThemFrank LangellaHarper: pp., $Frank Langella’s “Dropped Names” is a. The Juiciest Bits From Frank Langella’s Celebrity-Leveling Memoir “Dropped Names”. “All actors are angry babies”: Langella. (Courtesy Getty.

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I mean that in the best possible way–one feels as sort of a confidant into this world and where nxmes after story comes with only the barest of background information, because it is assumed that you know enough background information to appreciate the langrlla. Some reviews, like the one by the New York Times, can be misleading.

Some of the stories are funny, many of them especially the longish section involving a declining Elizabeth Taylor are very sad, and a few seem unnecessarily cruel the Oliver Reed bit, for one.

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He obviously likes himself, and has everybody in the play say all the time he is such a great person. He was a young Italian boy who had grown up in New Jersey and was working at the Cape Playhouse when he became friends with Bunny Melon’s daughter. Not many people can come across as silmutaneously self-aggrandizing and self-effacing. I am born” for me. He is not, and that’s obvious by everyone except the character and Mr Miller. Rita Hayworth dancing by candlelight; Elizabeth Taylor tenderly wrapping him in her Pashmina scarf; streaking for Sir Laurence Olivier in a drafty English castle; terrifying a dozing Jackie Onassis; carrying an unconscious Montgomery Clift to safety on a dark New York street He hints at affairs he’s had in very high places–I’ll leave that for you to discover–and never mentions the name of Whoopi Goldberg.

He rarely gives enough details in any story to make it interesting and uses much of it to look down upon names much bigger than his.

Hill rated it liked it. The chapter is focused in Langella attempt to put to stage on of Miller’s less successful plays, “After the fall”, where the main character is based in Miller himself.

Granted Frank was in his 70’s when he wrote the book, but he does go out of his way to be kind where others might use the term “has been” instead. Honesty is a notable feature of this book, which intrepidly names names as it cycles through the mostly unflattering features of the many deceased luminaries its author has encountered on his climb through show business. It’s not really a memoir but more a chance for him to make himself look good by associating himself with those who are much more famous or interesting than he is.


Langella was invited langepla many places–he is engaging company and would seem to be a wonderful companion to enjoy passing the time over cocktails or dinner with–with excellent, naughty conversation. However, much as I enjoyed reading this, I couldn’t help but think how much the writer thinks of himself.

The chapters and sections are short, which makes for perfect “stop and start” reading. I guess he was kind of a pretty boy actor. As a memoir, thi Frank Langella as an actor is one of those guys who doesn’t go in for a lot of rigmarole; he just does the job. His chapter about Elizabeth Taylor is painful to read.

I know I will. The second line langella Alice Roosevelt’s. Langella discusses in the book he admits are hugely talented at what they do, yet, for some reason, there was a self-destructive streak that eventually took over. I hope he has enough for a sequel, or a backstage novel that’s as frznk fun as his movie, “Those Lips, Those Eyes,” which I just watched again with delight!

Langella discreetly lists “my companion at the time,” “my girlfriend at the time” or “my wife” without naming those names. I didn’t always like some of my subjects, and I’m quite certain some of them found me less than sympathetic.

His chapter on Alan Bates, with whom he appeared so brilliantly on Broadway in Fortune’s Foolis the most moving tribute to the camaraderie between actors that I have ever read; as a bonus you get Lauren Bacall’s amusingly apposite one-word review and I speak as a great fan of the show. So many tales of his are of wounded and flawed if talented people. In reading this book, I was able to get glimpses of what some of my favorite stars and people in the public eye I grew up langellaa were really like.

This is not a biography of Frank Langella. A must-read for film and theater buffs, as well as those interested in memoir and biography. Reading this gift from my sister-in-law Jaymie Webber and just loving it so much. Everyone he is writing about is already dead, so he can dish hilariously when he wants to. Drlpped pick it up and devour the next one to two to three. Tony Curtis and Paul Newman come drropped pretty well.

Dripped warning is issued in the preface: Mr Langella has met plenty of successful people, but he has also met with lots of actors whose early promise never materialised.


Dropped Names: Famous Men and Women As I Knew Them

However, his portraits range from funny to poignant to painful as he shows us that most “famous” people do not have the enviable lives we believe they do. The surprises were Anne Bancr What a fun book to read. What a fun book to read. Or actors whose early promise did materialise for a while but it was eventually ruined by the self-destructiveness, neediness, lack of emotional control, reality-denying narcissism and overwhelming emotional immaturity that seem to fall like a plague over many people in the acting community.

Captured forever in a unique memoir, Frank Langella’s myriad encounters with some of the past century’s most famous human beings are profoundly affecting, funny, wicked, sometimes shocking, and utterly irresistible. Feb 19, Cateline rated it really liked it.

While he never explicitly turns the spotlight on himself, with a few hints here and there you come away with the impression that Langella would would assess his own life and missteps with candor and rueful acknowledgement of his own failures, egotism and hubris.

Aug 22, Bill Breedlove rated it really liked it. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Langella’s writing style is such that you feel like you are sitting fdank a room gossiping with him, which I am pretty sure was his intention.

‘Dropped Names’ by Frank Langella dishes on fellow actors: Review – latimes

This book is comprised of all the famous people the good and the bad. Best to read one or two, then put the book down and digest them, recall them as you thought you knew them and process. Mar 14, Bridget Petrella rated it it was amazing. These little vignettes of people Frank Langella has known are like a delicious box of chocolates nwmes in sweet, sublime, bitchy and heartbreaking flavors. I’m sropped between three and four stars on this and, in the end, settled on three.

And throughout, Langella’s own story is told, albeit not completely. And he tells the truth, Two lines come to mind when thinking of this book. Aug 11, Patrice rated it it was amazing.