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Where Did I Go Right?: You're No One in Hollywood Unless Someone Wants You Dead [Hardcover]

Bernie Brillstein , David Rensin
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Nov 1999
Show biz legend Bernie Brillstein tells the funny, colorful stories of a lifetime in Hollywood as founding partner of Brillstein-Grey Entertainment. Weaving into the worlds of John Belushi and Jim Henson, he takes the reader behind the scenes of Saturday Night Live, The Blues Brothers, Ghostbusters, The Muppet Show and many more. Throughout, readers will uncover the secrets of instinct, as well as surviving and prospering in the entertainment industry.
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  • Hardcover: 389 pages
  • Publisher: Little Brown & Co (T); First Edition First Printing edition (Nov 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316118850
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316118859
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 16 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,136,475 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Best Hollywood read since "The Kid Stays In The Picture" 14 Feb 2000
By Amy Rosen - Published on Amazon.com
For those of us hooked on "The E True Hollywood Story," "VH1's Behind The Music" and other outlets for real life Hollywood dish, Bernie Brillstein's book is a wonderful treat. This is a candid, honest look at a half-century long career in the trenches. Bernie Brillstein nurtured the careers of Lorne Michaels,Jim Henson, Gilda Radner, John Belushi, and many more icons. Besides the wonderful stories (ok, dish) about his clients, Brillstein shares behind the scenes anecdotes from the deal making trenches. Great insights for any future Hollywood agents/managers. But even if you don't work in this town, you will love Bernie's story and possibly pick up some useful life lessons. An appealing, infinitely readable Hollywood read, and if you like this, check out books by Bob Evans and Ken Kragen!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Different Kind of Hollywood Book 8 Nov 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Even though I'm in the business, I have, for the past few years, avoided the "Hollywood" book with good reason: most are shallow and short-sighted examples of self-aggrandizing at its worst. Michael Eisner's autobiography is a good example. But Brillstein's book is very different. Not only does he tell a great story in an unforgettable voice that doesn't make you ashamed to be part of Hollywood -- but he's brutally honest in the telling. No sugar-coated confection, this. What comes across most is that Brillstein is a real person, a guy who loves what he does. As he says in the book: "I did it for the thrill of it all, not the thrill of having it all." We need more of those guys in town, but sadly, Brillstein is one of the last--and he knows it. And there's much more, most of it hilarious and wise, as Brillstein shares freely everything he's learned from 45 years of loving, hating, and loving show business. He writes about the importance of passion, instinct and honesty--issues which apply to any business or walk of life. Brillstein is clearly a character, the heart of every memorable story. Get this book!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Where Did I Go Right? : A Great Read by Bernie Brillstein 24 Jan 2000
By JOHN M. WOLFSON - Published on Amazon.com
"Here's the truth about the art of the deal: it all comes down to who's your client and how desperately the other guy wants him. It's about a moment in time, and nothing more." In this telling and moving biography, Bernie Brillstein takes the reader inside some of the most interesting moments in show business. And from his background and experience, at William Morris, as a Manager, at Lorimar, and at Brillstein-Grey, Bernie really lets the reader in on the art of the deal. And this book is a great deal! In reviewing this book I refer to Bernie by his first name, since he writes like he's writing to a friend, and by the end of the book I felt like that friend. Bernie writes in an honest and sincere manner, which is unusual for books written by and about show biz. Bernie's client list included many of my favorites, including Lorne Michaels, John Belushi, Dan Ackroyd, Jim Henson, Gilda Radner, Norm Crosby, Richard Dryfuss, and Chris Farley. Bernie writes with insight about Saturday Night Live, Hee-Haw, NewsRadio, the Muppets, and ALF, amoung others. And through it all, Bernie shows a level of ethics and character to which we should all aspire in our work lives. This is a book that I could not put down, and my only disappointment was that it is only 373 pages. This is a great read, and its value greatly exceeds the price of admission. I would read anything else Bernie Brillstein writes, even if written on the back of cereal box. I strongly recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn about how show business really works. Although Five Stars is the highest rating Amazon gives, this book really desearves Ten Stars!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unexpectedly Touching 3 Dec 2000
By HeyJudy - Published on Amazon.com
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I found myself unexpectedly touched by this autobiography. Having read it, I consider Bernie Brillstein a friend. With no self-praise, Brillstein shows himself to be a man of decency, of compassion, of empathy. He began in his profession as an agent at William Morris, dreaming of representing mid-Century comics such as Jackie Gleason and Jackie Gale. When he left William Morris, he became a personal manager, starting the careers of dozens of entertainers who have become household names. The stories Bernie has to tell! He survived--there's no other word--until the end of the century, representing Jim Henson, Lorne Michaels, Gilda Radner, John Belushi, Dan Ackroyd and, as the saying goes, a cast of thousands along the way. He created HEE HAW and greenlighted THE SOPRANOS, headed a movie studio for a short time, got fired, picked himself up and started again. His very life has been the personification of the entertainment business; there are few who exceeded his success. And he is the one having the last laugh: He's still here! But along with the chronological report of his professional experience, what he was thinking, how he pulled it off, there is this man, this basically sweet and decent man, and that's what shines through his book. I enjoyed reading about Bernie's fascinating life.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Read 4 Mar 2000
By Sue Few - Published on Amazon.com
Fortunately or unfortunately I found this book at the local library and thought I was saving myself a few bucks by not having to buy it. This book is a "must have" to read over and over again. Brillstein hits the heart and soul of the movie business - his love, loyalty and trust of talent and his "best friends" are truly genuine and in the cut throat business of the biz, is heartwarming although at the same time he exposes his survival instincts at their best. Wonderful to read a book about the biz written by someone, of Brillstein's status, who has a true love for the business and can candidly talk about what it feels like to turn over the show to the new kids in town. Yes, Amazon.com, I'm buying the book for myself and for my grandkids.
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