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on 30 August 2017
If you want to read Robert Evans on his remarkable life, pick up The Kid Stays In The Picture. If you've read The Kid Stays In The Picture, move on, nothing to see here. Do not, under any circumstances, waste your hard earned money on The Fat Lady Sang. It's a blatant cash in, where Evans so struggled to fill the pages he has to resort to quoting at length from reviews. The pages on his three strokes are interesting, and I suppose there is a decent anecdote or two, but honestly, this book should never have been written. All the juicy stuff is in The Kid Stays In The Picture. Whatever you think of Evans, as movie producer or man, stay away from The Fat Lady Sang.
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on 28 January 2014
A number of years ago I read “The Kid Stays in the Picture” and thought it was a brilliant read. There were many, many stories about the movie stars with whom Robert Evans worked both as an actor and later as a producer. As well as his life story which really does read like a fairy tale. It reminded me of David Niven’s autobiographies. I loved Evans wit, self deprecation and sheer enjoyment for his life and chosen career. “The Fat Lady Sang” begins with his illness - he had three strokes and his battle to regain his health. It is a story of hope and the meaning of friendship. There are not as many tales of movie stars but the ones he has included are very interesting. It again details how Hollywood works.
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on 7 January 2014
Fascinating life of shallowness, glamour, tough deals, public humiliation, yet amazingly good reliable friends where you would think there would only be dross, a love of family, a strong lengthy bond with those who serve him, and enchanted descriptions of an exquisite house and spiritual garden, I am sure would be hard to find in the "bling" and" bring on the new fad" attitude of "new money" . Should be compulsory reading for anyone who has suffered a stroke. Growing up I had contempt for this man's personal life gleaned from newspaper reports of cocaine use and the split with Ali ,but I understand all after reading this memoir and what a raconteur he would be at your dinner table.
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on 15 January 2017
Very good book, although doesn't just have that magic of The Kid Stays in the Picture. Evans had quite tough time during this phase of his life and he doesn't sugar coat it. Very enjoyable book
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on 2 February 2016
easy to read not quite as good as the first but still very enjoyable
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on 21 January 2014
this is a very fast light read. he seems likeable, honest (sort of)
and humbled by age - however don't know if i'd recommend - too lightweight
considering what he's done in his life. The kid stays in the picture was better.
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on 7 February 2016
good
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on 11 September 2015
great
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on 31 December 2013
I bought this book having read a interview with the author in the Telegraph. What a disappointment, the article was better than the book! Found this book shallow, dull and a pathetic attempt to regurgitate a few stories as the basis for a substantive book. I have never thrown a book away. This one was the first.
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on 10 February 2017
Just right
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