A Front Row Seat [Hardback]

Nancy Olson Livingston (Author)

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ISBN: 9780813196190 | Published by: University Press of Kentucky | Series: Screen Classics | Year of Publication: 2022 | Language: English 408p, H229 x W152 (mm) 43 b&w illustrations




A Front Row Seat

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From her idyllic childhood in the American midwest, to her Oscar-nominated performance in Sunset Boulevard (1950) and the social circles of New York and Los Angeles, actress Nancy Olson Livingston has lived abundantly. In her memoir, A Front Row Seat, Livingston treats readers to an intimate, charming chronicle of her life as an actress, wife, and mother, and her memories of many of the most notable figures and moments of her time.

Livingston shares reminiscences of her marriages to lyricist and librettist Alan Jay Lerner, creator of award-winning musicals Paint Your Wagon, Gigi, and My Fair Lady (which was dedicated to her), and Alan Wendell Livingston, former president of Capitol Records, who created Bozo the Clown and signed legendary musical artists including Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, The Beach Boys, The Beatles, The Band and Don McLean. One of the last living actors of the Golden Age of Hollywood, Livingston shares memorable encounters with countless celebrities
face=Calibri>– William Holden, Billy Wilder, Bing Crosby, Marilyn Monroe, and John Wayne to name a few
face=Calibri>– and less pleasant experiences with Howard Hughes and John F. Kennedy that act as reminders of women's long struggle for equality and dignity.

Entertaining and engrossing, A Front Row Seat deftly interweaves Livingston's life with her observations of the artists, celebrities, and luminaries with whom she came in contact – a paean to the 20th century and a treasure for readers enamored with a bygone era.

Table of Contents

Book I Introduction
 
Rockland County, September 1950
 
The Beginning
 
My Ancestors
 
Growing Up in Milwaukee
 
The Lake
 
World War II
 
Theatrical Dreams
 
My First New York Adventure
 
Paramount Pictures - The Beginning of a Career
 
Sunset Boulevard
 
Hollywood
 
Marilyn Monroe
 
Courtship
 
The Dance
 
Lee and Ira Gershwin
 
The Dance Continues
 
Marriage
 
Frederick Lowe
 
Rockland County
 
Plane Crash
 
Liza and Me
 
John Wayne
 
Starting Over
 
Alan Lerner's Family and Growing Up
 
Joe Lerner
 
My Fair Lady
 
Battle Cry
 
Journey to Broadway
 
Gigi
 
The Music Stops
 
Divorce
 
Sidney Chaplin
 
Emmet Hughes
 
Nelson Rockefellar
 
Life as a Single Parent
 
Disney
 
The Inauguration of JFK
 
Mrs. Kemeny
 
A Special Memory
 
A Shocking Story
 
A New Beginning
 
A Christmas Gift
 
Mary Mary
 
A Rainbow Emerging
 
My Second Wedding
 
Book II Introduction
 
Mr. and Mrs. Alan W. Livingston
 
Moving
 
A Sad Story
 
My Second Husband
 
Laurie and Peter and Alan Jay
 
Life in a Whirlwind on Camden Drive
 
Dad
 
Capitol Records
 
Nat Cole
 
Up the Ladder
 
Frank Sinatra
 
NBC and Bonanza
 
An Ex-Girlfriend and an Ex-Wife
 
Judy Garland, Oscar Levant, and the 2000 Year Old Man
 
Enlarging the Family and JFK
 
The Beatles
 
The Beatles in My Mother's Garden
 
Christopher
 
Another Beatle Party
 
Russia
 
Share
 
Jennifer Jones
 
The Band
 
A Miracle
 
The End of an Era
 
MediaArts and Don McLean
 
EST
 
On Board at the Music Center
 
A New Challenge
 
Grace Kelly and the Heimlich Maneuver
 
Natalie Wood
 
My Mother
 
A New Path for Alan Livingston
 
An Escape
 
New York Life Again
 
An Unexpected Offer from Blue Ribbon
 
Changing Traditions
 
Four Weddings and Two Funerals
 
LA Politics
 
Nancy and Ronnie
 
25th Anniversary Chairman
 
Another 25th Anniversary with Jack Lemmon, Gregory Peck, and Michael Feinstein
 
Billy Wilder Tribute
 
Andrew Lloyd Weber
 
An Unforgettable Moment
 
China
 
Another Challenge for Alan
 
Completion
 
Expanding Our Family Again
 
Goodbye
 
La Dolce Vita
 
Laura
 
Family Updates
 
Ending this Book
 
Stories I Hesitate to Tell
 
Ending this Book Again

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