Patti LuPone: A Memoir

Patti LuPone: A Memoir

by Patti LuPone, Digby Diehl

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The legendary Patti LuPone is one of the theatre’s most beloved leading ladies. Now she lays it all bare, sharing the intimate story of her life both onstage and off--through the dizzying highs and darkest lows--with the humor and outspokenness that have become her trademarks.

With nearly 100 photographs and illuminating details about the life of a working actor, from inspired costars and demanding directors to her distinct perspective on how she developed and honed her Tony Award–winning performances, Patti LuPone: A Memoir is as inspirational as it is entertaining. And though the title might say “a memoir,” this is ultimately a love letter to the theatre by a unique American artist.

Raised on Long Island’s North Shore, Patti discovered her calling at the age of four and knew that she was destined for the stage. A prodigiously gifted child, she was one of only 36 young actors chosen for the inaugural class of The Juilliard School’s Drama Division, where she fought near-constant criticism from her instructors, and here describes those early years with disarming frankness.

From the heady days of her early twenties—crisscrossing the country as a founding member of the classical repertory theatre ensemble, The Acting Company--to her early success on Broadway, her four-year stint as Libby Thacher on the television series Life Goes On, her loving marriage to Matt Johnston, and much, much more, Patti chronicles her professional and personal life with inimitable candor and wit.
With its insightful retrospective of her career-defining turns, both on Broadway and abroad, in Evita, Les Misérables, Anything Goes, Sunset Boulevard, Sweeney Todd, and Gypsy, Patti LuPone: A Memoir reveals the artist’s deeply felt passion for music and the theatre and is, in the end, the compelling and quintessential tale of an exceptional life well lived.

“I have been incredibly fortunate over the course of my career to have been associated with some extraordinary dramatic and musical productions, and also some rather spectacular disasters. Looking back, I can find gifts and life lessons in every one.”

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307460752
Publisher: Crown/Archetype
Publication date: 09/14/2010
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 274,879
File size: 8 MB

About the Author

PATTI LuPONE swept the 2008 theater awards winning the Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best Actress in a Musical for her performance as Rose in the critically acclaimed Broadway production of the classic musical Gypsy. LuPone has twice been nominated for an Emmy Award, has won two Grammy awards, and has numerous film, television, and on- and off-Broadway stage credits to her name. A five-time Tony nominee and two-time winner, LuPone was the first American actor to win Britain’s Olivier Award.

What People are Saying About This

David Mamet

1. Opening night on Broadway, of a play of mine, I looked backstage, at half hour, for Patti - to wish her well. I found her in costume, onstage, asleep on the set, on a kitchen table. She woke up and explained that she was having a 'Sicilian Anxiety Attack.'
2. Doing a play Off-Broadway, the actress playing a smallish role had to leave the cast unexpectedly. I called Patti for condolence and she said 'I finish EVITA tonight, get me the script and I'll go on tomorrow.'
3. Similar stories of whatever it is which surpasses excellence and perfection of friendship abound, but you get the idea. I love her. And I love her book.

Jane Fonda

Anyone who has seen Patti LuPone perform on stage is well aware of her daring, risk-taking artistry. Now she has channeled her considerable talent from the stage to the page and the result is a frank, funny and totally captivating memoir about her life on and off the stage.

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Patti LuPone: A Memoir 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
MattCH More than 1 year ago
Whether you're a dedicated fan or have just a passing interest in show business stories, this book is one that will not soon be forgotten. It is a generous show of a gratitude for successes, a bitter meditation on regret, an honest examination of ego and shortfalls of confidence, and a spectacular story of defying odds and critics to get to the top. The conversational way that it's written allows the reader to tear through it like a mystery novel with huge anticipation to find out what's coming on the next page. This is a book I will never forget.
silversurfer on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is such a wonderful book. Reading it is like sitting down with an old friend and having a chat. A chat filled with honesty, truimphs and huge disappointments. Ms LuPone chronicles her rise to stardom from a young girl's dream of performing on broadway, to her landing the much sought after role of EVITA to her Closing night in GYPSY. It's all here, her vocal struggles, learning to train her voice to sing a demanding role such as EVITA 8 times a week, her friendships and backstage stories,heer batlle with breast cancer and what really happenned behind her being fired from SUNSET BOULEVARD. She writes with honesty and emotion and give her all here, much lilke how she performs on stage. Full Throttle, no stopping and pulling no punches. She has truly earned the title of Broadway Legend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book held a lot of information and surprises. It for a little bogged down in places, but for the most part it kept moving along.
simokaye More than 1 year ago
If you are involved in show business, and, like the rest of us, bow down to Mrs. Patti LuPone, you MUST read this memoir. As a reader, you are taken through every step of Patti’s career- the good, the bad, and the ugly. This phenomenal memoir gives you an all-access pass to Patti’s life while also providing inspiration and expressing an immense amount of passion, perseverance and gratitude for her career. As an actress myself, I was immediately immersed in the memoir because of LuPone’s incredible insight when it comes to all things theatre- backstage, onstage, and everything in between. The trials and tribulations of her lengthy career take you on a roller coaster ride through the relentlessly beautiful world of show business. The way Patti’s memoir is written is so conversational and personal it seems as if you’re having a chat with the diva herself in your own living room. Because of this, the reader feels connected to Patti. Another reason for this connection is that there is NO sugarcoating within a 25 mile radius of a single page, making Patti so relatable and truthful to the reader. Everything in theatre is not sunshine and rainbows, and she makes sure not to cover that fact up. She is definitely a sensational mega star of the theatre, but, underneath, Patti is still just another human being that was (and still is) presented with many challenges having to do with her education, career, health, and family to get where she is today. This is something everyone can relate to. Nobody that is successful just glides through life without hitting frustrating obstacles, making difficult decisions, and pushing through the tough situations they have no control of. Patti’s undying dedication and strength causes you to root for her every step of the way. As a previous reviewer said, this memoir is definitely a page-turner. I unintentionally read this cover to cover much too quickly for my own liking. The triumphant final chapter somehow leaves you both overwhelmingly satisfied but wanting a sequel at the same time. In case you didn’t already get the message, BUY THIS BOOK. As always, Patti will not fail to meet your expectations
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DisappointedinPA More than 1 year ago
What a great ride this book is! A classy lady and inspiration to anyone who ever thinks 'It's not worth ir'. Patti proves that if you love what you do, even so great a poobah aa ALW can't ran outyour parade. I wiah there waa a sequel.
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colaboy More than 1 year ago
I read this book right after finishing Kristin Chenowith's autobiography, and these two ladies are in the same profession but are totally different. And the thing that hit me is how Patti comes off as a total theater diva and has no qualms about it. A fascinating read about a powerful name in entertainment.
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