A young woman meets Marlon Brando while working as an assistant in her father's Beverly Hills dental office. It's 1976. Brando's a screen legend. The twenty year old is enraptured by the fifty-two year old star of such classic American films as A Streetcar Named Desire, Viva Zapata!, The Wild One, On the Waterfront, The Godfather, and Last Tango in Paris. Brando's as dazzled by her"I think I'm falling in love," he sighs, taking her hand in his to kissand on that day, he and Nancy Peardon embark on an intimate and tempestuous relationship that was to last another twenty-eight years until the actor's death in 2004.
Serving as Brando's on-again, off-again executive assistant, Peardon becomes his steadfast confidante, experiencing a side of the famously private actor few know about or could ever discern from his memorable roles, from Stanley Kowalski to Vito Corleone. He was mischievous, principled, idiosyncratic, volatile, enigmatic, fierce in his views on everything from the film industry to international affairs, but ultimately as vulnerable as a child. Marlon Brando: A Memoir explores Marlon Brando the man, behind Marlon Brando the myth, from the vantage point of someone who knew him like no other.
"Their interactions are funny, shocking, and sad (especially as the actor's health deteriorated), and, more importantly, never gossipy or frivolous...Beyond simply humanizing Brando or elaborating upon his legacy, this memoir shows how complicated truly great friendships can be, and how rare genuine people are to come by. It is a warm, engaging book that begs to be shared." --Violet Lucca, Film Comment
"…this memoir isn't intended as another scathing account of the Hollywood icon. Instead, it's a lovingand gushingtribute to a friend, warts and all…a vivid, easy read… A new, different twist on familiar Brando stories." Kirkus Reviews
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Hemingway, in his preface to THE SNOWS OF KILAMANJARO, says that on the peak of the 19,710-foot Mount Kilamanjaro was found the dried and frozen carcass of a leopard. He adds, "No one has ever explained what the leopard was seeking at that altitude." Nancy Peardon's MARLON BRANDO: A MEMOIR, offers to us the highly intelligent and sensitive Brando who, like Hemingway's leopard, sought his answers at the highest of altitudes - on the altar of pure friendship. And for nearly thirty years, he tested his friendship with Ms. Peardon, sometimes turning away, but always returning. Trust is the core of any relationship, and Nancy Peardon has not violated that trust. In MARLON BRANDO: A MEMOIR, she has offered to us the man whose sensitive nature not only made him a great actor, but a true friend to those who proved themselves worthy.
Marlon Brando a memoir was a delightful read. I have been a fan of Marlon Brando's for many years. After reading Nancy Peardon's book I feel as if I was able to spend time with him in an intimate and personal way. From the first night Nancy goes to his home up on Mulholland drive to meet him (a very memorable evening) to her late night conversations with him on the phone exploring his thoughts and visions of the world, and everything in between, this book is a must read for Brando fans and those curious about the man behind the legend. And, as an extra treat, Peardon even reveals the location of Marlon.s tickle spot. A fun read.