A Front Row Seat [Hardback]

Nancy Olson Livingston (Author)

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


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
Marilyn Monroe
The Dance
Lee and Ira Gershwin
The Dance Continues
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
The Music Stops
Sidney Chaplin
Emmet Hughes
Nelson Rockefellar
Life as a Single Parent
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
A Sad Story
My Second Husband
Laurie and Peter and Alan Jay
Life in a Whirlwind on Camden Drive
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
Another Beatle Party
Jennifer Jones
The Band
A Miracle
The End of an Era
MediaArts and Don McLean
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
Another Challenge for Alan
Expanding Our Family Again
La Dolce Vita
Family Updates
Ending this Book
Stories I Hesitate to Tell
Ending this Book Again

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