Drama

Drama

An Actor's Education

Book - 2011
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Baker & Taylor
Sharing a backstage history of his early life and career that took place before he became a nationally-known star--and paying tribute to the most important influence in his life: his father, Arthur Lithgow--the actor reveals why actors are driven to perform, and why people are driven to watch them do it. 100,000 first printing.

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"A memoir as finely crafted as one of Lithgow’s performances."
—Steve Martin

Emmy Award-winner John Lithgow presents a charming, witty, and revealing memoir about his family, his work, and his life in Drama—an intimate story of insights and inspirational reflections from one of America’s most beloved actors. Lithgow pays tribute to his father, his greatest influence, and relives his collaborations with renowned performers and directors including Mike Nichols, Bob Fosse, Liv Ullmann, Meryl Streep, and Brian De Palma. A compelling reflection on the trials, triumphs, and changes across his long career, Lithgow’s Drama illuminates the inner life of a celebrated talent, and points the way forward for anyone aspiring to greatness in their own life.



Baker
& Taylor

Sharing a backstage history of his early life and career--and paying tribute to his father, Arthur Lithgow--the author reveals why actors are driven to perform, and why people are driven to watch them do it.

Publisher: New York, NY : Harper, c2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780061734977
0061734977
Characteristics: xiii, 320 p. : ill. ; 24 cm

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the_bookwyrm
Dec 01, 2017

I learned so many things from an actor whose only roles I've recognized were 3rd Rock From the Sun and Shrek.

He could have reduced the amount of times he used the word "feverish," though. That was becoming repetitive.

modis01 Oct 17, 2015

Lithgow's first chapter is simply spellbinding and shows how storytelling and acting are intertwined. An enjoyable read, but a little tedious at the end as the last few chapters just list plays/people he worked with, without the connection he generates in the beginning.

Kathleen L Swagler May 13, 2012

I asked for this book 5/6. It is now 5/13.
What is going on with it?

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muhrich
Mar 21, 2012

Thoroughly enjoyed Lithgow's writing...kept my interest all the way through - the Preface alone is worth reading and re-reading - the power of story-telling - how moving!

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Ellington4
Nov 22, 2011

A very good book. Actor John Lithgow writes beautifully, very openly and with great humor about his life, his career and his approach to the roles he played in the theatre and the movies. The book grabs you on the first page, and keeps you fascinated and entertained throughout.

fairboy Nov 12, 2011

This book is a delight from start to finish. I had planned only to read the book from Lithgow's successes forward, not interested in his growing up. But I started at the beginning and was instantly hooked. It's truly a great read.

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