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Original Story by A Memoir of Broadway and Hollywood (Paperback)

Author:  Arthur Laurents
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 1557834679
ISBN-13: 9781557834676
Sku: 30735875
Publish Date: 5/1/2001
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8.75H x 6L x 1T
Pages:  448
Age Range:  NA
The celebrated director, playwright and screen-writer recounts his life and career (including West Side Story, Gypsy, and The Way We Were).
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Here is the original story of a true original, the celebrated and internationally renowned director, playwright and screenwriter Arthur Laurents, whose creative genius continues to energize American stage and screen today. Say his name, and images of West Side Story, Gypsy, Anastasia, The Turning Point, and The Way We Were appear. Laurents' highly praised memoir is a dazzling portrait of his life - as he recounts the great moments, the trials and the joys of his incredible career. He takes us into his world, peopled with the creative artists, directors, actors and personalities who came of age in the theatre and in Hollywood after WWII. Later, back in New York, he writes about jump-starting Barbra Streisand's career by casting her in I Can Get It for You Wholesale. He writes about the creation of Gypsy with Jule Styne and Stephen Sondheim. And he writes about coming together in a complex, fraught collaboration with his three old pals, Jerome Robbins, Leonard Bernstein and Sondheim for West Side Story. Throughout, Laurents is funny, fierce, and frank - a life recounted as richly as it was lived. "This is a historic work. A 'must' for show biz mavens." - LIZ SMITH, Newsday and Syndicated
In this autobiography, acclaimed playwright and screenwriter Arthur Laurents shares his experiences of creating Broadway hits, such as WEST SIDE STORY and LA CAGE AUX FOLLES, and working with numerous other celebrities, like Bette Davis, Katharine Hepburn, and Alfred Hitchcock. He also reveals the injustices he has suffered as a gay, Jewish, left-wing atheist in Hollywood.


New York Times
"So, in spite of all the griping and the kvetching, Laurents has a genuine appreciation of the individual artist's achievements. In his 50 years in show business, the worlds of Broadway and Hollywood have changed irrevocably. He has drawn a group portrait of some exceptional people who have now vanished. His book ends up being a tribute to them, and, whether it was his intention or not, it is a tribute to Arthur Laurents as well." - Patricia Bosworth 4/16/00

January Magazine
"Laurents can be bitchy and he can be sunny and sometimes he manages to be both in the same sentence. It's a pretty neat trick and the only thing that keeps it from being fully annoying is that he's just got so darned many interesting stories to tell. " June 2000

January Magazine
"Alternately catty and witty, warm and distantly damning, playwright, director and screenwriter Arthur Laurents' autobiography, ORIGINAL STORY BY, sums up as one of those pesky insider tell-alls. Though, this time, it is in fact an inside job executed by an expert pen." June 2000

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Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0448
Product attributePublisher:   Applause Theatre & Cinema Book Publishers
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