A playwright and screenwriter who has written several scripts for Katharine Hepburn and known her for twenty-five years offers a witty, candid memoir of the star and her relationships with Spencer Tracy and her other co-stars.
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Mixing as it does the celebrated with the rank ordinary, this memoir is of the ``My meetings with famous people'' variety, a subset of biography rich with tiresome possibilities. And playwright and screenwriter Prideaux explores almost all of them in this year-by-year account of his friendship with Hepburn (and any other celebrities that cross his path, including Elizabeth Taylor, Ryan O'Neal, and Burt Reynolds). This odd couple was originally brought together for a project that, as so often happens in Hollywood, was never produced. But friendship of a kind grew, and over the next 24 years, Prideaux would author and produce several made-for-TV movies for Hepburn. Though he is a writer of some talent, Prideaux is a particularly irksome narrator, conventionally opinionated, campily theatrical, pinprick sensitive. All too often we find him sulking over some meager slight, exalting at the celebrity's passing pat-the-dog kindness, or moved to tears by his own scripts. But whenever Prideaux can forget about himself for a moment, an almost compelling portrait emerges--that of the artist as a monstre sacr‚. Despite his worshipful attitude, Prideaux does little to glamorize his star buddies who, gilded by fame, massively indulged and cosseted, feel quite free to slip the bonds of human decency whenever it suits them. Hepburn is hardly the worst offender, but she is a far, far cry from her well-mannered, patrician screen image. Yet even at her most unpleasant and unkind (such as when she publicly humiliates Prideaux), those around her still crowd close, desperate for the scrofula-curing touch that we believe celebrity status bestows. Despite Prideaux's excesses and the suffocating celebrity banalities, there's enough unvarnished truth here to save this book from being just another celebrity puff piece. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen) -- Copyright ©1996, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.From Library Journal:
Dramatist Prideaux here recounts his adventures in television with such notables as Elizabeth Taylor, Ryan O'Neal, and Burt Reynolds, but it is his relationship with the great Kate Hepburn that is pivotal to the work. Covered in-depth are three made-for-TV projects he created especially for Hepburn during the late 1980s and early 1990s. More than an adoring fan, Prideaux has known Hepburn professionally and personally-he has borne the brunt of her bullying and bombast as well as benefited from her unassailable friendship. Hepburn, at times the insufferable egotist, is nonetheless affectionately regarded and revered. More grounded than most second-hand accounts of movie stars, Prideaux's work reveals the dynamics of production and the politics of personality. He conveys how in later years Hepburn has courted, if not the limelight, then the cathode ray of television with a fierce determination not to wallow in an enshrined celluloid self. Recommended for public libraries.
Jayne Kate Plymale-Jackson, Univ. of Georgia Libs., Athens
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Descrizione libro Faber & Faber, 1996. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria DADAX0571198929
Descrizione libro Faber & Faber, 1996. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Condizione sovraccoperta: New. Photos (illustratore). 1st Edition. 1996 Hardcover Book in original dustjacket. BRAND NEW from 1996 publisher. Never opened, Never read, Never marked. small separation inside back edge of book; still Nice Clean Gift Giving quality. 319 pages with epilogue; illustrated with 16 pages glossy black & white historical photographs. Book size 6 x 9 x 1-1/2". Author James Prideaux is the award-winning author of some 20 plays , including on Broadway " The Last of Mrs. Lincoln " . " Postcards " . and " Mixed Couples " . Aside from his films for Katharine Hepburn , he has written film plays that starred Elizabeth Taylor, Julie Harris, Dame Judith Anderson, Hal Holbrook, and Sada Thompson; as well as radio scripts starring Meryl Streep, Dame Wendy Hiller, and Sir John Gielgud. He has numerous Emmy nominations, and a New York Drama Desk Award, as well as the Los Angeles Film Board Award. Over a 25 year period , Prideaux not only wrote a number of film scripts for Katherine Hepburn, he had also known her as a friend and fellow professional. In this sharp-tongued, witty, and clear-eyed memoir of her . other show business and Hollywood and theater personalities enter and exit over the years . including Elizabeth Taylor , John Travolta, Angela Lansbury , Raquel Welch , Julie Harris, Geraldine Page , Ryan O'Neal , Patrick Duffy , and Burt Reynolds . What is unusual is the portrait that comes through of Hepburn . a down-to-earth , funny, exhausting , eccentric, difficult, generous, self-obsessed megastar . who , by turns, becomes vulnerable when she reminisces about her life with Spencer Tracy . She also becomes outraged when she is slighted . was protective of her friends , and then dismissive of them . calculating about her image, which she flaunts at odd moments . tender with awestruck strangers . reclusive but generous . frank to a fault . bullying and overbearing . and . totally professional . It is a full portrait of an extraordinary woman . who was the last of the great stars. This is a rare , behind-the-scenes view of how stars behave . filled with intimate daily details . anecdotes . and revelations . It is also a writers journey through the maze of the New York theater world . and into the follies of Hollywood . From Broadway . to television . Prideaux describes the rollercoaster experiences that producers , writers, directors, and actors go through , to get that all-important production up and running for the audience . " Knowing Hepburn and Other Curious Experiences " . by James Prideaux; published by Faber & Faber, Boston & London; 1996 Hard cover book in original DJ *** Secure packing, Safe delivery shipping since 1965 *** 6 x 9 x 1-1/2 ". Codice libro della libreria 5330
Descrizione libro Faber & Faber, 1996. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria 0571198929
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