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Hollywood A Third Memoir (Paperback)

Author:  Larry McMurtry
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 1439159963
ISBN-13: 9781439159965
Sku: 218861334
Publish Date: 8/16/2011
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 9.25H x 6L x 0.5T
Pages:  146
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"One thing I’ve always liked about Hollywood is its zip, or speed. The whole industry depends to some extent on talent spotting. The hundreds of agents, studio executives, and producers who roam the streets of the city of Los Angeles let very little in the way of talent slip by."

In this final installment of the memoir trilogy that includes Books and Literary Life, Larry McMurtry, "the master of the show-stopping anecdote" (O: The Oprah Magazine) turns his own keenly observing eye to his rollercoaster romance with Hollywood. As both the creator of numerous works successfully adapted by others for film and television (Terms of Endearment, Lonesome Dove, and the Emmy-nominated The Murder of Mary Phagan) and the author of screenplays including The Last Picture Show (with Peter Bogdanovich), Streets of Laredo, and the Oscar-winning Brokeback Mountain (both with longtime writing partner Diana Ossana), McMurtry has seen all the triumphs and frustrations that Tinseltown has to offer a writer, and he recounts them in a voice unfettered by sentiment and yet tinged with his characteristic wry humor.

Beginning with his sudden entrée into the world of film as the author of Horseman, Pass By—adapted into the Paul Newman–starring Hud in 1963—McMurtry regales readers with anecdotes that find him holding hands with Cybill Shepherd, watching Jennifer Garner’s audition tape, and taking lunch at Chasen’s again and again. McMurtry fans and Hollywood hopefuls alike will find much to cherish in these pages, as McMurtry illuminates life behind the scenes in America’s dream factory.

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In 2006, Larry McMurtry showed up for the Academy Awards wearing blue jeans underneath his tuxedo shirt and jacket, ostensibly thinking he would be seated throughout the ceremony and would thus only be seen from the waist up. But much to the delight of the red carpet crowd, McMurtry's odd ensemble was exposed when he had to go onstage to accept the award for Best Adapted Screenplay for his script of BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN. In this revealing memoir, McMurtry recounts that unforgettable evening and numerous other adventures and anecdotes he's absorbed over the years as an outsider who's been granted rare access to the reality behind the glitz and glamour of Hollywood. McMurtry tells on-set stories from the films inspired by his books, including HUD, TERMS OF ENDEARMENT, THE LAST PICTURE SHOW, and LONESOME DOVE, and documents his most memorable interactions with stars such as Paul Newman, Jack Nicholson, Shirley MacLaine, Robert Duvall, and Cybill Shepherd.
Author Bio
Larry McMurtry
The son of a cattle rancher, Larry McMurtry spent most of his childhood on horseback under the vast, blue sky of the Texas Panhandle. In 1958, he received a B.A. from North Texas State University and in 1960 an M.A. from Rice University. In 1959, McMurtry married Josephine Ballard. They had a son, James Lawrence McMurtry, and were divorced in 1966. McMurtry won a Stegner Fellowship to do graduate work at Stanford University, and then taught creative writing at Rice. His first book, HORSEMAN, PASS BY, was published in 1961 and was immediately hailed as the first great novel to depict the conflict between the Old West and the New West. This tale of an old-time cattleman and his unscrupulous stepson (made into the movie HUD) began what would become a string of literary and commercial successes for McMurtry. Many of his books, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning LONESOME DOVE, have achieved best-seller status, and several more, including BUFFALO GIRLS, TERMS OF ENDEARMENT, and THE LAST PICTURE SHOW, have been adapted for film. The major theme of most of his literary work is disillusionment with the myth of the West. McMurtry is also a well-known antiquarian bookseller (and collector), who has turned his Texas home town into an important center for used and rare books.

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"This is the most intriguing of [McMurtry's] three memoirs....His descriptions are not always charitable, but they are consistently sharp, interesting and enjoyable." - Jay Freeman July 2010
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Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0146
Product attributePublisher:   Simon & Schuster
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