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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Langella’s personal journey from the age of fifteen to the present day. 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.

This is one of the better celebrity memoirs that I have read. Not everyone from namea his rich life in the theater and the elite of NYC society is featured, only those that have passed on. ffrank

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

A perfect summer book — fun, low intellectual investment, and full of juicy gossip. What a fun book to read. How did Brooke Astor lose her virginity? On to the book review, though one gets the impression Mr.

Feb 19, Cateline rated it really liked it. Langella discreetly lists “my companion at the time,” “my girlfriend at the time” or “my wife” without naming those names.

This book is comprised of all the famous people the good and the bad. One story that I found just plain fun was anmes day he ended up namees the Queen Mother of England These little vignettes of people Frank Langella has known are like a delicious box of chocolates — in sweet, sublime, bitchy and heartbreaking flavors. With sharp wit and a perceptive eye, Mr. There are almost no self-revelations here, carefully preserving Langella’s privacy so we never know most of the “companions” that he mentions in the stories though he does claim to conquer Elizabeth Taylor in a cringe-inducing chapter.


There are a fraank interesting tidbits but it’s so poorly written those who say it’s well written must like theatrical Shakespeare-style languagewith walls up to make sure Langella doesn’t reveal too much of himself, that it ends up being a trifle. This is HIS experience with the stars he has met either working with them or just meeting them.

namss Frank Langella has been in show business since the late s. It’s got the same quiet snap in its smart put-downs, and enough of those to make a reader grateful for the praise that goes out when it goes out. Open Preview See a Problem? But, in the back of mind, I do hear my father’s voice. Everyone he is writing about is already dead, so he can dish hilariously when he wants to.

Books by Frank Langella. And I couldn’t put the book down.

The surprises were Anne Bancroft, George C. He doesn’t exclude himself from his own harsh criticism either — a running theme through the book is his obsession with Arthur Miller’s autobiographical play AFTER THE FALL, and the role of Quentin Miller’s standin which he has played langrlla, fascinated with the question of the character’s “guilt.


That is not to say he takes the warts off,, not even for himself. Except it was a bit better than that. Miller is unable to see how the character that reflects him is a person no one in the audience likes.

Dropped Names: Famous Men and Women As I Knew Them

This is more of a remembrance of the more famous and the slightly less famous people Frank has known, basically, it does what it says on the tin.

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. Some stories here are very compelling.

Throughout the 50 years or so chronicled in this book, we watch Mr. Except for Jackie O, who he knew but coyly avoids mentioning if they had an affair or not.

To ask other readers questions about Dropped Namesplease sign up. It will distract you. Unlicensed to practice psychoanalysis though langella stranger to therapyLangella sometimes seems to have an ax to grind — that of an accomplished actor deprived of the stardom granted to his inferiors.