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Preminger : an autobiography

Author: Otto Preminger
Publisher: Garden City, N.Y. : Doubleday, ©1977.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"With the same candor that has characterized his life, Otto Preminger--actor, director, producer, and now writer--exposes himself (in writing) as well as an impressive line-up of show business folk in this engrossing memoir. As one of Hol1ywood's pre-eminent directors with 36 films and 32 stage productions to his credit, Preminger reveals the funny, outrageous, and often exasperating moments of his career, and his  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Autobiography
Autobiographies
Biography
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Preminger, Otto.
Preminger.
Garden City, N.Y. : Doubleday, 1977
(OCoLC)568122169
Named Person: Otto Preminger; Otto Preminger; Otto Preminger
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Otto Preminger
ISBN: 0385034806 9780385034807
OCLC Number: 2595636
Notes: Includes index.
Includes "Otto Preminger's stage productions: p. [190]-193.
Description: 208 pages, [16] leaves of plates : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: My second birthday --
Give my regards to Gilbert Miller --
A small, fatal argument with Darryl Zanuck --
Stage-struck in Vienna --
Max Reinhardt, Marlene Dietrich, and Hedy --
Marion Mill Preminger --
Down and up in New York --
My dear Barrymore --
Margin for error --
Lady on a swing --
Back to Hollywood by the side door --
Laura --
Lady Mendl and the FBI set --
Tallulah and the Lubitsch touch --
The women of Hollywood --
My son Erik --
Life in the sausage factory --
The censors --
Blacklist --
The Thirteenth Letter and a forgettable marriage --
Howard Hughes was not that eccentric --
Marilyn Monroe --
Requiem for a father --
Black is beautiful --
Serge Rubinstein and other fights --
Some lovely people --
Casting about --
Exodus and all that --
Critic's choice and choice critics --
The Cardinal goes to Vienna --
A final marriage.
Responsibility: by Otto Preminger.

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"With the same candor that has characterized his life, Otto Preminger--actor, director, producer, and now writer--exposes himself (in writing) as well as an impressive line-up of show business folk in this engrossing memoir. As one of Hol1ywood's pre-eminent directors with 36 films and 32 stage productions to his credit, Preminger reveals the funny, outrageous, and often exasperating moments of his career, and his association with the eccentric, the gracious, the wealthy, the egomaniacal--'the stars.' Beginning his career as an apprentice of Max Reinhardt, Preminger became an instant success as an actor and then as a director. Hollywood called and he went there in 1935. His outspoken manner clashed with the autocratic studio moguls. He was forced to return to New York and find work directing plays on Broadway. He rebounded in 1944 to begin his stormy and remarkably creative period in Hollywood with Laura, his first all-out hit, starring Gene Tierney, Clifton Webb, and Dana Andrews. Preminger gives an inside glimpse at shooting such films as Daisy Kenyon with Joan Crawford (whom he considers a remarkable, independent, and generous woman); River of No Return, starring Marilyn Monroe; the all-black productions of Carmen Jones and Porgy and Bess, both accused of being racist; The Man With the Golden Arm, with Frank Sinatra and Kim Novak; plus such legendary films as Anatomy of a Murder (James Stewart, Lee Remick, and George C. Scott), Exodus (Paul Newman, Eva Marie Saint), Advise and Consent (Henry Fonda and Charles Laughton), The Cardinal (Tom Tryon, Romy Schneider), Hurry Sundown (Jane Fonda, Michael Caine, Diahann Carroll and Faye Dunaway), and In Harm's Way (John Wayne). Making no bones about naming enemies or exalting his friends, Preminger elaborates on the blacklisting during the fifties and includes his own critique of the critics. Preminger gives us a little more insight into his friend Tallulah Bankhead and her affinity for shocking behavior (with a few choice examples), as well as his opinion of Howard Hughes (a fascinating man, but not all that eccentric). He sets the record straight on a number of his love affairs and marriages, and divulges the story of his relationship with Gypsy Rose Lee and their child, who after Gypsy's death emerged as Erik Preminger. Leaving few stones unturned, this unique "Otto-biography" zooms in on Hollywood through the eyes of one of its most active and highly creative personalities--Preminger!"--Jacket.

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