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Life isn't everything : Mike Nichols, as remembered by 150 of his closest friends / Ash Carter and Sam Kashner.

Carter, Ash (Editor), (author.). Kashner, Sam, (author.).

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  • 1 of 1 copy available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
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Record details

  • ISBN: 9781250112873
  • ISBN: 1250112877
  • Physical Description: pages cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2020.

Content descriptions

General Note:
Includes index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Introduction: The Burton stakes -- Dybbuks and Golems -- To sell another drink -- Premise envy -- Don't act it funny -- It all started in the alley -- The Citizen Kane of disaffected youth -- Icarus was falling -- Shift your weight -- Under the Balthus -- Can I get a wild take? -- Caviar for the general -- A means to egress -- Like church, but a fun church -- Making friends with death -- Epilogue: That guru thing.
Summary, etc.:
"An up-close and personal portrait of legendary filmmaker, theater director, and comedian Mike Nichols, drawing on candid conversations with his closest friends in show business and the arts-from Dustin Hoffman and Meryl Streep to Natalie Portman and Lorne Michaels"-- Provided by publisher.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 October #2
    *Starred Review* Legendary director Mike Nichols (1931–2014) refused to write his memoirs, but this scintillating oral history fills the gap splendidly, with wry and heartfelt commentary by 150 of his closest friends, from Richard Burton, Elizabeth Taylor, and Meryl Streep through Candice Bergen and Christine Baranski, all of whom cherished their professional and personal relationships with a man who seemingly impressed everyone he met as being the smartest and most charming person in the room. Authors Carter and Kashner skillfully arrange the commentary in a roughly chronological manner that follows the Berlin-born Nichols from escaping the Nazis in 1939 through a career that encompassed success as a comedian, first with the Compass Players in Chicago (the predecessor to Second City) and then on Broadway with Elaine May, and finally to directing: his first three Broadway plays, beginning with Barefoot in the Park, all won him Tony Awards for Best Director, and his film career was launched in equally spectacular fashion, with Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and The Graduate. We learn much here about the making of all those hits and many others, including the landmark HBO production of Angels in America, but what comes through most forcefully is Nichols' ability to get the most out of his actors. And, of course, his unparalleled ability to tell a story, punctuated always by self-deprecating wit (Tomorrow I am directing my first film, with Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor, he said to the great Billy Wilder. What should I wear?). An exquisite oral history that will leave readers convinced that they, too, were among Nichols' closest friends. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Ash Carter is a writer and editor whose work has appeared in Esquire, Vanity Fair, Town & Country, and the New York Times. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and son.

Sam Kashner is an editor-at-large at Air Mail and was for many years a contributing editor at Vanity Fair magazine. He is the author of Sinatraland (a "notable book" of both the Washington Post and the L.A. Times) and the acclaimed memoir When I Was Cool: My Life At the Jack Kerouac School and coauthor of the recent New York Times bestsellers The Fabulous Bouvier Sisters: The Tragic and Glamorous Lives of Jackie and Lee and Furious Love: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, and the Marriage of the Century.

Subject: Nichols, Mike > Anecdotes.
Nichols, Mike > Quotations.
Motion picture producers and directors > United States > Biography.

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