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I Said Yes to Everything

I Said Yes to Everything

by Lee Grant


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A memoir by Academy Award–winning actress Lee Grant, detailing her starring roles in Valley of the Dolls and Shampoo, her twelve years on the Hollywood blacklist, and a singularly unpredictable life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780399169304
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/08/2014
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 1,146,476
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.60(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Lee Grant is an Emmy– and Academy Award–winning actress and director. In 1989, Women in Film honored Grant with their first-ever Lifetime Achievement Award. Grant founded the production company Feury/Grant with her husband and is an adjunct professor at Tisch School of the Arts. She lives in New York City.

Table of Contents

Overture 1

My Family 3

The Met 9

Paris 15

Life Lessons 21

Boys 40

The First High School I Was Asked to Leave 43

An Unsentimental Education 51

On the Road 62

Detective Story 71

Arms and the Man 79

Grandmother Dora 81

Bromberg's Memorial 83

My Parents Demand to Meet Arnie 88

444 Central Park West 103

The Committee 108

Dinah. My Dinah. 114

Two for the Seesaw 118

Burt Lancaster 123

Arnie's Heart Attack 126

Marty Gang 128


Paris and Comeuppance 143

The Summer House 151

A New Life 163

Two for the Seesaw-Boston 160

The Balcony 173

Max Kampelman 180

Lenny Bruce 183

Intro to Joey 188

Max Calls 193

The Fugitive 195

Amie's Death 200

The Public Theater and Peyton Place 202

The Jump 214

Monaco 217

Buona Sera, Mrs. Campbell 220

The Pool House 227

Say YES to Everything 232

In the Heat of the Night 236

The Red, House 240

Valley of the Dolls 243

The Landlord 247

Dinah 250

The Neon Ceiling 255

Portnoy's Complaint 259

George Schlatter 263

Plaza Suite and The Prisoner of Second Avenue 267

Adoption 279

On the Set of Shampoo 288

Fay 296

The Stronger 298

Voyage of the Damned 301

Airport '77 311

The Green House 314

The Willmar 8 321

Tell Me a Riddle 324

Witia 331

"The Girl" 335

Ohio Shuffle 339

Charlie Chan and the Curse of the Dragon Queen 341

A Matter of Sex 352

Directing Theater for Joe Papp 356

When Women Kill 358

What Sex Am I? 362

Down and Out in America 369

Directors Accept Me 373

Battered 375

The Trio 378

Staying Together 380

No Place Like Home 383

Defending Your Life 385

Women on Trial 388

Three Hearts 392

Falling Apart al, It's My Party 397

Broadway Brawler 401

Lifetime 411

Ryan and Farrah 417

Burt Bacharach to Elisabeth Taylor 420

A Father… A Son… Once Upon a Time in Hollywood 428

Baghdad ER 431

Children of the Blacklist 433

Queen of Denial 442

Russian Easter Egg 446

Acknowledgments 449

Index 451

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

“The elegant theater and screen actress bares all of her insecurities and regrets…But there’s also an intimacy and directness in how she shares—including numerous dishy, behind-the-glam anecdotes….Grant has lived a long, full life. While she may prefer to be coy about precisely how long it’s lasted so far, I Said Yes to Everything serves as evidence that it’s been long enough to give her a meaty, multifaceted and compelling story to tell.”—Jen Chaney, The Washington Post

“[N]o-holds-barred…Grant doesn’t make us read between the lines here; it’s all right there, on the page. When she was jubilant after winning an Oscar for her supporting role in Shampoo, we know it; when she was disgusted, as when a television network canceled her series without telling her, we know it, too; and, of course, when she was dismayed and bewildered and depressed when she couldn’t find work during her 12-year blacklisting, we know it for sure….An excellent show-business autobiography.
Booklist, STARRED review

“In this wonderful memoir, actor Grant charts her life from a childhood in New York City through her performance in Shampoo and beyond…Whether recalling the traumas of her first marriage to screenwriter Arnold Manoff or sharing entertaining memories of her famous friends, Grant does so with a with a lively, approachable tone. Though famous for her achievements as a multi-award winning actor, director, and documentarian, Grant reveals herself to be woman unafraid of continual self-reinvention. These pages tell a gripping story full of drama, humor, and hardship, offering an intimate look into the singular life of one indefatigable protagonist.”—Publishers Weekly

“[T]he resilience of [Lee Grant’s] career outlasted the 12-year period when she was blacklisted by HUAC for her political affiliations…she became one of the most respected actresses of her generation….Rife with appearances from some of Hollywood’s biggest names, including an unsuccessful date with Marlon Brando, Grant’s career proves that the elusive and oft-sought-after second chance can not only be had, it can be triumphantly redeeming. An insightful, sharp Hollywood memoir that will appeal to fans and newcomers alike.”

“Lee Grant's blacklist memoir is deliciously indiscreet. She has written the definitive tell-all about life on the blacklist and no one who cares at all about those dark days can afford not to read it.”
—Victor S. Navasky, author of National Book Award-winning Naming Names

“Lee Grant came to know herself as a child, as an actress, as a woman and as a thinker. I have come to know her intimately in reading her book, and am so grateful for the experience.”
—Vanessa Redgrave

“Having had the privilege to work with Lee Grant on the motion picture screen was truly a delight. Now, out of nowhere, she has written a most wonderful book about her family and herself.  It’s warm, it’s touching and it’s a book that speaks of the human experience—the wonders of it, the magic of it, the difficulties of it, the history of a life’s unfolding, beautifully and brilliantly with purpose and with guts.”
—Sidney Poitier
“Read this book—every juicy page! Lee has lived her life and practiced her craft with reckless abandon, bravery, honesty and ultimately brutal clarity. You will want to be her friend, lover, child or student, and you will finish the final pages her ardent admirer. A ferocious and fragile woman who unapologetically states: For better or for worse, I'm right here!”
—Frank Langella
"If there is any adventure, from love to politics, that you feel you've missed in life, Lee Grant has had it for you—and describes it here with wit, honesty and all five senses. No one, but no one, has better explained, say, the difference between the theater and Hollywood, between love and romance, or between families born and chosen.  Go ahead, live a little. Say yes to Lee Grant."
—Gloria Steinem
“Lee Grant’s I Said Yes to Everything is heart-stopping. More than just a show business memoir or chronicle of the Hollywood blacklist era, it is a terrifying account of a gifted artist’s tumultuous journey—both personal and professional.  You will feel every jolt of terror that Grant endured, wondering if you would have been as brave. Her triumph becomes our own. Readers of this gripping book will surely reach the final page shouting a victorious ‘Yes!’ to everything that is Lee Grant.”
—Marlo Thomas
“Lee Grant—I have worked with her—is a great actress.  Lee Grant is also my friend—a great conversationalist.  I never knew about her writing talent.  She has written a wonderful book.  It made me laugh, it made me cry.  Read it!”—Kirk Douglas
“Lee knows how to tell a good story with passion, honesty and a good sense of humor.”—Michael Douglas

“It's so easy to say ‘Yes’! I loved Lee Grant's memoir—everything about it! She is direct, honest, witty and compelling!”
—Dyan Cannon

“The minute I looked at the new memoir [by] actress Lee Grant, I knew I wouldn't be able to resist I Said Yes To Everything….I'm afraid I pretty much abandoned everything else until I read it. Lee Grant is one of America’s greatest actors, most heroic survivors, a contradictory enigma one minute, a sympathetic victim the next….who keeps turning it all around into triumph.”
—Liz Smith

"Lee Grant's I Said Yes to Everything is a fantastic read. Beautifully written and brutally honest, she takes us through the highs and lows of her brilliant career and incredibly interesting personal life. I loved every page of it.”
—Joy Behar


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I Said Yes to Everything: A Memoir 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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I like autobiographies, and had been looking for a good one. This book is funny and entertaining, but also insightful.
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