THE PLAYER by Lillian & Helen Ross


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These monologues from 55 representative players of the stage or screen, as arranged by interviewers Lillian and Helen Ross and originally offered via The New Yorker piquantly present both the professional and autobiographical aspects of acting today. There are, among others, the super-stars (Bergman, Crawford, Kit Cornell, Gielgud); the continental set (Sophia Loren, Maria and Maximillian Schell); the Method addicts (Kim Stanley, Geraldine Page); the Hipsters (Tony Perkins, Warren Beatty); the old pros (Hume Cronyn, Eileen Heckhart); and even the ""unknowns"" (Juliet Mills, Harold Scott). Those looking for fan mag hoopla won't find it here, except in spots: some thespians are celebrity-conscious (""When I first met Monty Clift, I could hardly speak""), marvellously vain (""nobody can duplicate anything I've done""), intellectual (""My Hamlet is like a man who has read Osborne and Sartre"") and dedicated (""You have to find the truth, even if you have to lose the audience""). Bill Holden spouts about his screen-self: ""I'm ugly, I'm fat, I'm not my type""; and Maureen Stapleton describes emotion: ""all that interior jazz"". Without doubt, a series of show-stoppers for the buffs; for anyone else, too much ego-laden shop talk.

Publisher: Simon and Schuster