My First Hundred Years in Show Business: A Memoir

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My First Hundred Years in Show Business: A Memoir

My First Hundred Years in Show Business A Memoir Mary Louise Wilson became a star at age sixty with her smash one woman play Full Gallop portraying legendary Vogue editor Diana Vreeland But before and since her life and her career including the Ton

  • Title: My First Hundred Years in Show Business: A Memoir
  • Author: Mary Louise Wilson
  • ISBN: 9781468310856
  • Page: 348
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Mary Louise Wilson became a star at age sixty with her smash one woman play Full Gallop portraying legendary Vogue editor Diana Vreeland But before and since, her life and her career including the Tony Award for her portrayal of Big Edie in Grey Gardens have been enviably celebrated and varied Raised in New Orleans with a social climbing, alcoholic mother, Mary Louise moMary Louise Wilson became a star at age sixty with her smash one woman play Full Gallop portraying legendary Vogue editor Diana Vreeland But before and since, her life and her career including the Tony Award for her portrayal of Big Edie in Grey Gardens have been enviably celebrated and varied Raised in New Orleans with a social climbing, alcoholic mother, Mary Louise moved to New York City in the late 1950s lived with her gay brother in the Village entered the nightclub scene in a legendary review and rubbed shoulders with every famous person of that era and since My First Hundred Years in Show Business gets it all down Yet as delicious as the anecdotes are, the heart of this book is in its unblinkingly honest depiction of the life of a working actor In her inimitable voice wry, admirably unsentimental, mordantly funny Mary Louise Wilson has crafted a work that is at once a teeming social history of the New York theatre scene and a thoroughly revealing, superbly entertaining memoir of the life of an extraordinary woman and actor.

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    1. John on said:

      The author may well be known for many readers for her stint on the TV sitcom One Day at a Time. I never particularly liked the show, and she left as fast as she could. I did see her one-woman show as Diana Vreeland 20 years ago, but it's not absolutely necessary in order to appreciate the book.As for what to expect, she was not the most wildly successful actress with a big name out there, so she really doesn't have the material for a full-blown Memoir as such, so this one contains her memories o [...]

    2. Frank on said:

      It's easy to forgive the few factual errors in this memoir because Wilson is such a skillful shaper of prose. Her observations on show business, particularly the state of older women who have not yet made it big, are telling. In addition, her sense of humor leads to some very funny observations of co-workers and projects (look out for her description of working on "One Day at a Time" and star Bonnie Franklin). The book alternates between a loose autobiography, hitting just the highlights in her [...]

    3. Kristin on said:

      After seeing MLW in On the 20th Century, I was delighted to discover that she was publishing this memoir. It was everything you could want: heartfelt, sometimes sad, brutally honest and downright HILARIOUS. Completely engrossing from the first page, it tells (mainly) of the development of her show "Full Gallop". Intertwined are stories from her personal life and an insightful behind the scenes look at many of the shows/roles throughout her career. I wish there had been just a tiny bit more about [...]

    4. Kevin on said:

      Octogenarian character actress Mary Louise Wilson has a face that's more familiar than her name. "I'm not well known, I didn't have a glittering career studded with affairs and celebrities," she writes. What she is, however, is a survivor in a very tough profession, and a born storyteller with a deliciously acerbic sense of humor about everything, especially herself. In her mid-50s, Wilson realized that she had to take control of her flagging career by writing (with Mark Hampton) and starring in [...]

    5. Daniel Krolik on said:

      A fun, honest and appropriately catty read from a brilliant character actress. Wilson's struggle and perseverance in getting her one-woman Diana Vreeland show produced is inspiring for those of us who are artistically frustrated and at a crossroads (which is all of us, right?) Her anecdotes about her amazing career are both touching and candid (especially her cohort from the Angela Lansbury Gypsy0, and she doesn't mince words about her conflicts and disappointments. This book serves as a great t [...]

    6. David Jay on said:

      I have been living in New York my entire life, and I love to talk to people. So I've had a lot of celebrity encounters. Bar none, the most interesting one I've had was chatting with Mary Louise Parker in a West Village park shortly after "Grey Gardens" opened. She was charming, open, lovely. So maybe my review is a little biased.Her memoir is charming, and inspiring; here is an actor who achieved her major successes in her 60s and 70s. A real look at the challenges inherent in the actor's life.

    7. Kathleen Gray on said:

      Hilarious! while she told all about the business (and spared herself little), she does pull some personal punches (drops casually that she's an alcoholic for example). For anyone interested in Broadway- recommend.

    8. Deb on said:

      Having just seen "She's the Best Thing in It," the documentary about MLW, I thought this might be a lot of repetition. There was some but the book does not disappoint. Wicked and fragile at the same moment, MLW is a treasure we are discovering all over again.

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