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  • Title: I Said Yes to Everything: A Memoir
  • Author: Lee Grant
  • ISBN: 9780399169304
  • Page: 186
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Born Lyova Haskell Rosenthal in New York City, actress Lee Grant spent her youth accumulating experiences than most people have in a lifetime from student at the famed Neighborhood Playhouse to member of the legendary Actors Studio from celebrated Broadway star to Vogue It Girl At age twenty four, she was nominated for an Academy Award for Detective Story, and aBorn Lyova Haskell Rosenthal in New York City, actress Lee Grant spent her youth accumulating experiences than most people have in a lifetime from student at the famed Neighborhood Playhouse to member of the leg endary Actors Studio from celebrated Broadway star to Vogue It Girl At age twenty four, she was nominated for an Academy Award for Detective Story, and a year later found herself married and a mother for the first time, her career on the rise.And then she lost it all.Her name landed on the Hollywood black list, her offers for film and television roles ground to a halt, and her marriage fell apart.Finding reserves of strength she didn t know she had, Grant took action against anti Communist witch hunts in the arts She threw herself into work, accepting every theater or teaching job that came her way She met a man ten years her junior and began a wild, liberat ing fling that she never expected would last a lifetime And after twelve years of fighting the blacklist, she was finally exonerated With cour age and style, Grant rebuilt her life on her own terms first stop, a starring role on Peyton Place, and then leads in Valley of the Dolls, In the Heat of the Night, and Shampoo, for which she won her first Oscar.Set amid the New York theater scene of the fifties and the star studded parties of Malibu in the seventies, I Said Yes to Everything evokes a world of political passion and movie star glamour Grant tells endlessly delightful tales of costars and friends such as Warren Beatty, Elizabeth Taylor, Grace Kelly, and Sidney Poitier, and writes with the verve and candor befitting such a seductive and beloved star.
    I Said Yes to Everything A Memoir Born Lyova Haskell Rosenthal in New York City actress Lee Grant spent her youth accumulating experiences than most people have in a lifetime from student at the famed Neighborhood Playhouse to member

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    1. If, like me, you spent the late 1970s glued to The ABC Sunday Night Movie, The CBS Late Movie, and NBC Monday Night at the Movies, then the name Lee Grant probably conjures up images of All Star casts, international intrigue and blockbuster drama.From Neil Simon s Plaza Suite to Irwin Allen s The Swarm, from Voyage of the Damned to Airport 77, Grant appeared alongside some of the biggest names in Hollywood, in some of the best movies ever made.For a period of time, you couldn t turn on a televis [...]

    2. I was extremely disappointed in this book I can understand why no one wanted to edit Ms Grant s memoirs, but they really should have The book is disjointed Snippets of events are helter skelter throughout the book For example she mentions recuperating from a nose job, except we haven t heard about the nose job A few chapters later she talks about the nose job I finally decided that reading this book was like being stuck at a cocktail party with a drunk person who thinks they are fascinating and [...]

    3. openbooksociety article i Brought to you by OBS reviewer JoAnneWhat can I say about this biography It s stark, all encompassing, heartfelt and honest Ms Grant lays bare her soul I wanted to read this because I have always liked her as an actress My favorite movie with her is Buona Sera, Mrs Campbell Admittedly, she has a supporting role but in my opinion, she stole the movie without trying to upstage anyone Her mere presence on the screen is riveting, and so is this autobiography.She begins lite [...]

    4. Sorry, but this is a terrible book Grant s opening section is deadly dull, with nothing interesting about her childhood or family She lacks much self awareness she claims she didn t know she was Jewish as a child, even though she describes family Jewish traditions and seems upset at having caring parents She starts her career at a young age and immediately makes some poor choices some of which she admits but seems to have no sense of morality or right wrong Instead she comes across as one confus [...]

    5. This book is absolutely captivating I haven t seen very many of Lee Grant s movies although I ve seen a few and plan to see but you don t need to to appreciate this book or its stories.After reading this, I get the feeling that Lee Grant would be a fantastic person to be friends with I also believe that there could be another whole book full of Hollywood stories as fun as this one was, you can tell that it didn t even scratch the surface of the things she could say.Recommended.

    6. I SAID YES TO EVERYTHING A MEMOIRLee GrantA good book about the life and times of one of my favorite actresses One of only a few actresses to survive the blacklist She was on the list for years, and had to fight her way back She also became a gifted and sought after director late in her career She bares her feelings, her loves, her triumphs and mistakes.

    7. Lee Grant is a fine actress and director, but really, this bored me out of my skull I gave it two stars just to be nice.

    8. I didn t even know how much I loved Lee Grant until I read this book.Of course, I knew I liked her or thought she was cool, otherwise I would have looked over her autobiography, but all I knew about the girl was that she was amazing in In The Heat of the Night and I m incredibly interested in basically any of the girls who were in The Valley of the Dolls.And if that s all you know about Lee Grant right now believe me, this lady is way cooler than that.Lee Grant wasn t always Lee Grant She was bo [...]

    9. Lee Grant shares her childhood story and the relationships with her mother and aunt while living on 148th street in New York Ms Grant further reminisces about her education and training in the Arts field of dancing and acting that lead to starring in several stage plays and movie films She discusses her long term companionship with Arnold Manoff before their marriage including the twelve year black list she endured due to an affiliation with a Communist Party Arnie believed in and supported Ms G [...]

    10. A superb read on the life of an Award winning actress who we have, previously, known little about privately Blacklisted unjustly, abused by lovers, husbands and the system and triumphant in the end, Grant speaks in a frank, to the point, yet beautiful voice as she tells her very complex life story A Smart autobiography.with notes of political thinking, a view of the changing roles of women, and naturally, an insiders view of Hollywood Yet, Grant is deeper than most and delves into human emotions [...]

    11. I ve always liked this actress so I grabbed the chance to read her autobiography I would love to have learned about certain actors but Grant has been in show business for so long that she tells us what s important to her personal life, which was affected by being black listed for 12 years She makes a comment about writing a sequel, which I hope she s serious about She s a very gutsy woman.

    12. I ve admired Lee Grant s work as an actress and wanted to love this book It was okay, but I don t recommend it unless you re a huge fan or if you re really interested in her stories about Hollywood life I liked reading about all the celebrities, but her writing style left a lot to be desired, as it is very disjointed and often confusing, jumping back and forth in time It needed a better editor.

    13. I enjoyed this book very much Grant is unflinchingly honest She was blacklisted as a Communist for 12 years Her best years as an actress She doesn t come off as the most wonderful person She admits she was spoiled and coddled as a child and that seems to have created a very spoiled and coddled adult But she knew everybody, did everything, so her story is fascinating, at least to me I always loved her as an actress.

    14. An entertaining, if a bit sporadic, journey through the life of this Oscar winning actress and filmmaker I ve always like her daughter, Dinah Manoff, so it was interesting to learn about the lives of these two talented ladies.

    15. POWERFUL, GUTSY MEMOIR.A truly exceptional memoir A long, stylishly written, fascinating, richly detailed, warts and all life story by the Academy Award winning actor director It won t be for all tastes as Ms Grant has written a powerful and gritty revelation of every aspect of her colorful life and career, and I mean every aspect At times I got put off a little by often repeated references to some of the controversial parts of her life but I quickly got back on board, enthralled by the sheer s [...]

    16. I enjoyed Lee Grant as an actress and an activist As a New Yorker myself and just a wee bit younger than she is I relate to the time period and the street scape I m not sure if this book is for everyone, but I loved it.

    17. This memoir blew me away One of the best actor autobiographies I ve ever read Lee Grant is my hero What a strong woman.

    18. There is only one 70s actress I enjoy than Lee Grant and that is Faye Dunaway I was elated to see that Grant finally wrote her autobiography and purchased it in hardback soon after I found out about it I ve seen most of her movies and much, but certainly not all, of her TV work and she did a TON of it The book excels in the sense that she is very frank, blunt and honest about many colorful episodes in her life and career She reveals a lot with regards to her relationships and some of her sexual [...]

    19. I m giving this 5 stars because it is compelling reading It also destroys many of the conceptions I had of Lee Grant, the gifted actor, the talented director, and the activist for decades For those who don t know the story of Ms Grant s blacklisting during the HUAC hearings of the 1950s, this book will be an education Ms Grant was not, herself, a member of the Communist party but her husband was and through guilt by association, she was blacklisted from performing in movies and on TV She was the [...]

    20. I had to pick this up when I saw the face on the cover at the library Have long wanted to know about her To my mind a wonderful actress, never a star she never wanted the responsibility anyway Even years later I can recall her performance in the film version of Neil Simon s Plaza Suite opposite Walter Matthau, it is her that I remember Written like a diary in hindsight relying on her memories, interspersed with her interpretations now of her actions then, it is a very rich life Full of complexi [...]

    21. 4.0 of 5 stars Revealing, Honest Look Into An Artist s Life.I Said Yes to Everything A Memoir was a glimpse into the aftermath of an artist s life following being targeted by the House Un American Activities Committee, and how her career survived their witch hunts It s said that a true artist shares the ugliest parts of themselves In her book, Lee Grant does just that, and keeps the reader captivated From her biggest career challenge as a blacklisted young actor from Hollywood for twelve years d [...]

    22. Another memoir of a great life with a lousy title Where do these people come up with these titles This is representing your life, for godsakes You can inhabit a character with all the imagination of a tsumani but you can t think of a good title for your memoir I digress This is a woman whose career I did not know much about but growing up remember her in every great film and awful Made for TV movie I saw, and I saw them all growing up I wish she had focused on the historical aspects of her time [...]

    23. 2.5 stars Well, first of all I was reading this upon a recommendation and after finishing realize it i wasn t the correct book Her stories were almost was semi interesting, but I just felt like she had much interesting stories she was withholding Actually, I felt like she was interesting but wanting to present a persona This fell into a lot of that celebrity name dropping and surface recalling of events rather than digging deeper into who she is She never really lets herself get vulnerable whi [...]

    24. Born and bred in New York City, Lyova Haskell Rosenthal, who took the professional name of Lee Grant, enjoyed considerable success, as a Broadway stage star, a film actress and as a director of award winning documentaries At the age of 24, she was nominated for an Oscar for her role in Detective Story, but her burgeoning career went into free fall when she was branded a Communist during the McCarthy era and black listed for 12 years, a period when jobs were few and far between Eventually, she wa [...]

    25. I remember Lee well as Stella Chernak in Peyton Place, a downtrodden character that she seemed to portray so well, perhaps from her own life experiences Her book rambles, often out of chronological order and several times I was ready to abandon She pulls no punches telling of the drugs and sexual infidelity of her colleagues and herself, all seeming to be living a don t ask don t tell practice She survives a 12 year lockout having been married to a communist despite winning an Oscar for her firs [...]

    26. I have always liked Lee Grant and looked forward to this book I was hoping to learn about the time of the blacklisting of the hollywood artists Her remembrances were not what I hoped for and then after reading the whole book I think it was because she was naive She was married to a man who did not show he loved her Her marriage was that of a young woman trying to please a man and she was willing to not have a career.I learned so much about her and knowing of her fears of doing stage and movies [...]

    27. I ve long admired Lee Grant as an actress and now I have new found respect for her as a survivor of the blacklist That terrible history took 12 years of her life and it haunts her memoir even as it led her to an amazing comeback story I also respect that she wrote this memoir without apparent assistance but I do feel a strong editor could have sorted out the numerous jumps she makes chronologically It is at times confusing and repetitive I also, as always, wanted even detail in the otherwise br [...]

    28. Lee Grant is an Oscar and Emmy award winning actress as well as an accomplished director She s lived an extraordinary life She survived the Hollywood Blacklist in the 1950 s and emerged to great success on television and film in the 60 s and 70 s before going behind the camera to become a highly respected director of documentaries Her memoir, I Said Yes to Everything recounts in great detail the story of her life growing up in New York, her early success on Broadway, testifying before the House [...]

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