I Said Yes to Everything

I Said Yes to Everything

A Memoir

Book - 2014
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A revealing, no holds barred memoir, as Lee Grant recounts her career and her fight against the effects of the Hollywood blacklist. Actress Lee Grant had a charmed youth: from student at the famed Neighbourhood Playhouse to member of the legendary Actors Studio; from celebrated Broadway star to Vogue It Girl.' At 26, she was nominated for an Academy Award for Detective Story (Paramount, 1951), and a year later found herself married and a mother for the first time, her career on the rise. But then she lost it all after being placed on the blacklist. This is her story.'
Publisher: New York : Blue Rider Press, a member of Penguin Group (USA), [2014]
ISBN: 9780399169304
Branch Call Number: B GRANT
Characteristics: 463 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm


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Sep 08, 2014

I always liked Lee Grant as an actress. She was... I dunno...different. Not conventionally beautiful, yet strikingly attractive. Not a comedienne, yet hilariously funny in certain roles ("The Landlord," "Plaza Suite"). A wonderful dramatic actress, especially when she's a baddie (episodes of "Ironside" and "Columbo" come immediately to mind).
After reading her memoir, "I Said Yes to Everything" (great title, that) I like her even more as a woman.
Grant had barely begun to come into her own as an established performer before the venal House Un-American Activities Committee took it all (or nearly all) away from her, largely because she declined to name names. She persevered, fighting back where she could, while struggling with a difficult marriage and the demands of parenthood.
Grant talks about all sorts of things here, in a thoughtful, direct way, revealing things about her life's journey that other actresses of her generation (and younger) might prefer to have kept hidden.
Provocative. Poignant. Funny. Brave. I didn't want "I Said Yes to Everything" to end. Which I guess means I don't want Lee Grant to end.


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