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5.0 out of 5 stars The Lost World of Hollywood
I thoroughly enjoyed this glimpse into old Hollywood, told from the point of view of a Brit who made the place his home and became a star through dogged perseverance rather than blazing talent. Very much a time capsule, with Milland quite happy to air his prejudices (homosexuals get an uncomfortably hard rap) but withal a charming, buccaneering tale.
Published on 27 Sept. 2009 by MovieDuck

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1.0 out of 5 stars No real story.
I did read a review of this book before I purchased it, should have listened to that review. The book contains more antidotes than a autobiography, and that's fine if that is what you want, but if you want the full story of Ray Millands life, forget it. Antidotes are fine by the way, and Ray seems to have had a decent marriage considering the history of Marriages in...
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Lost World of Hollywood, 27 Sept. 2009
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I thoroughly enjoyed this glimpse into old Hollywood, told from the point of view of a Brit who made the place his home and became a star through dogged perseverance rather than blazing talent. Very much a time capsule, with Milland quite happy to air his prejudices (homosexuals get an uncomfortably hard rap) but withal a charming, buccaneering tale.
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4.0 out of 5 stars wide eyed but not satisfied, 6 Mar. 2010
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Ray Milland is one of those great actor/stars who discovered after a while he could actually act- this book gives you snippets of life in the great film days and tantalises you with hidden gems but never quite provides the map- i always felt this was almost like a part one of a series of books Ray could have written- One thing it really does do is increase the want to see more of his films during those great years- and it does help appreciate this was some guy, certainly he could play both dashing hero - quick witted sophisticate or nasty piece of work and the book does give you some insight into the man- perhaps someone might consider doing a fuller biography - after all this was an oscar winner as well as an accomplished star - recently bought the Ginger Rogers film the major and the minor and whatever else you may think of the film, Ray was good and that perhaps is why this star deserves a fuller page in history
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1.0 out of 5 stars No real story., 17 April 2014
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Mrs. Gillian E. Marriott (England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Wide-Eyed in Babylon: An Autobiography. (Hardcover)
I did read a review of this book before I purchased it, should have listened to that review. The book contains more antidotes than a autobiography, and that's fine if that is what you want, but if you want the full story of Ray Millands life, forget it. Antidotes are fine by the way, and Ray seems to have had a decent marriage considering the history of Marriages in Hollywood.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Omits 25 years and an adopted daughter, 30 Aug. 2013
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The author was a top star in the golden years of hollywood and an oscar winner for his role in "The Lost Weekend".He wrote and directed a number of films so one would think that he would make a good job of his autobiography,but alas this is not the case.He comes across as crass,boorish,ill tempered and homophobic.It would have helped if he had a better editor.We do not get to his acting career till Page 78.We are treated to dull tales about his childhood ,his army career,and his love of horses.However the book does get better when he starts his career and later goes off to Hollywood.Unfortunately most of his anecdotes fall rather flat,such as the time when he relieved himself on set whilst making love to Dorothy Lamour.He won the oscar in 1946 but doesnt explain why he didnt say a word in an acceptance speech.Nor does he mention the fact that he adopted a daughter.The account goes on till 1948.the next chapter finds him in South Africa in 1972 and the final one he goes back to that lacrymose film "Love Story".No mention of his career in between those dates and in particular working with Hitchcock.He is clearly a short tempered man,quick to anger.He clearly did not like the film makers of the 1970s.Even less did he like anyone who was gay.His homophobia is burning bright.He describes how he saw his dentist at a gay convention and promptly fired him.Very proud of that he was.Almost at the end he treats in a lighthearted fashion the accident that Marlene Dietrich suffered that ended her career.He then says she was wrong to say that she had won the Medal Of Honour.true she was only awarded the Medal of Freedom,and did far more for the Allies in the second world war than Milland ever accomplished.this book should be called "Eyes shut In Neath".
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