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Dropped Names - Famous Men and Women As I Knew Them

Frank Langella

Rita Hayworth dancing by candlelight in a small Mexican village; Elizabeth Taylor devouring homemade pasta and 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 City street. 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. With sharp wit and a perceptive eye, Mr. Langella takes us with him into the private worlds and privileged lives of movie stars, presidents, royalty, literary lions, the social elite, and the greats of the Broadway stage. What, for instance, was Jack Kennedy doing on that coffee table? Why did the Queen Mother need Mr. Langella's help? When was Paul Mellon going to pay him money owed? How did Brooke Astor lose her virginity? Why was Robert Mitchum singing Gilbert & Sullivan patter songs at top volume, and what did Marilyn Monroe say to him that helped change the course of his life? Through these shared experiences, we learn something, too, of Mr. Langella's personal journey from the age of fifteen to the present day. Dropped Names is, like its subjects, riveting and unforgettable.

Rita Hayworth dancing by candlelight in a small Mexican village; Elizabeth Taylor devouring homemade pasta and 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 City street. 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. With sharp wit and a perceptive eye, Mr. Langella takes us with him into the private worlds and privileged lives of movie stars, presidents, royalty, literary lions, the social elite, and the greats of the Broadway stage. What, for instance, was Jack Kennedy doing on that coffee table? Why did the Queen Mother need Mr. Langella's help? When was Paul Mellon going to pay him money owed? How did Brooke Astor lose her virginity? Why was Robert Mitchum singing Gilbert & Sullivan patter songs at top volume, and what did Marilyn Monroe say to him that helped change the course of his life? Through these shared experiences, we learn something, too, of Mr. Langella's personal journey from the age of fifteen to the present day. Dropped Names is, like its subjects, riveting and unforgettable.
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Rita Hayworth dancing by candlelight in a small Mexican village; Elizabeth Taylor devouring homemade pasta and 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 City street. 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. With sharp wit and a perceptive eye, Mr. Langella takes us with him into the private worlds and privileged lives of movie stars, presidents, royalty, literary lions, the social elite, and the greats of the Broadway stage. What, for instance, was Jack Kennedy doing on that coffee table? Why did the Queen Mother need Mr. Langella's help? When was Paul Mellon going to pay him money owed? How did Brooke Astor lose her virginity? Why was Robert Mitchum singing Gilbert & Sullivan patter songs at top volume, and what did Marilyn Monroe say to him that helped change the course of his life? Through these shared experiences, we learn something, too, of Mr. Langella's personal journey from the age of fifteen to the present day. Dropped Names is, like its subjects, riveting and unforgettable.

Language:

English

Length:

9h 59m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:10


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

05:13


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

04:59


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

05:05


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

17:58


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

03:46


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

06:02


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

07:24


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

06:35


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

07:28


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

08:17


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

03:59


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

07:22


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

10:01


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

20:43


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

16:43


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

08:05


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

07:46


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

03:53


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

06:53


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

05:51


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

07:21


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

05:01


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

05:19


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

05:09


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

07:14


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

20:32


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

07:36


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

16:21


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

05:55


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

07:11


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

04:19


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

08:43


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

07:48


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

05:41


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

17:27


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

08:09


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

14:52


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

10:21


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

07:49


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

07:22


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

05:13


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

09:02


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

08:16


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

07:31


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

16:09


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

12:48


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

18:03


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

21:34


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

06:32


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

04:11


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

15:22


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

13:45


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

05:26


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

07:02


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

11:08


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

10:04


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

04:25


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

11:09


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

04:18


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

04:08


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

27:08


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

27:25


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

03:44


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

00:34