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LUCK AND CIRCUMSTANCE by Michael Lindsay-Hogg

LUCK AND CIRCUMSTANCE

A Coming of Age in Hollywood, New York, and Points Beyond

By Michael Lindsay-Hogg

Pub Date: Sept. 20th, 2011
ISBN: 978-0-307-59468-6
Publisher: Knopf

A famous director recalls his boyhood and working life as the son of the beautiful Warner Brother’s movie star Geraldine Fitzgerald.

At age 15, Lindsay-Hogg knew exactly what he wanted out of life. Following his first stint in the theater in 1956, when he spoke one line in The Taming of the Shrew, he set his sights on a career in theater, film and television. After querying his mother on possible stage names, she casually mentioned how some people thought Orson Welles was his real father. His mother denied it, but just enough to create a mysterious script for the author’s life. True to his dream, the author forged a career in the entertainment world where recurring hints of his connection to Welles resurfaced at odd times during his life. In the ’60s, he directed a British rock ’n’ roll show and developed an unusual technique for filming the bands. He went on to work with many of the greats, including the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and the Supremes. Lindsay-Hogg began working for BBC television during the ’70s, “working with the stars of the time on dramas written by equally stellar playwrights.” The author’s story is a riveting insider look at popular culture, from his boyhood in Santa Monica, while his mother was under contract to Warner Brothers, through his direction of The Normal Heart in 1985. Lindsay-Hogg’s descriptive vignettes reveal tasty tidbits about the famous musicians, actors and cultural icons of the time.

An unusual story of a life lived among a galaxy of stars, told with enough insight and intelligence that even those who dismiss celebrity memoirs should enjoy this jaunt through the glitz.