George Sanders, Zsa Zsa, and Me

George Sanders, Zsa Zsa, and Me


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Publisher's Synopsis

Taking its inspiration from Sanders' own autobiography ""Memoirs of a Professional Cad"" (1960), this book is part witty, bawdy, and irreverent memoir, part moving meditation on the price of fame; like most of David Slavitt's work, it defies easy categorization. In George Sanders, ""Zsa Zsa, and Me"", Slavitt looks back to his career as a film critic in the glamorous - at least superficially - world of 1950s Hollywood, when he traveled in circles that included the talented British actor George Sanders (1906-1972) and his then-wife, Zsa Zsa Gabor, who was talented at, well, being famous. Sanders, who seemed to maintain an ironic detachment from roles that were often beneath him, nonetheless couldn't bear the decline of his later years and committed suicide at the age of sixty-five. Darkly humorous to the end, his note read, 'Dear World, I am leaving because I am bored. I feel I have lived long enough. I am leaving you with your worries in this sweet cesspool. Good luck'. Zsa Zsa, on the other hand, remains in the headlines (with her dubiously named husband Frederic Prinz von Anhalt) at age ninety-two. Although he punctuates his story with witty asides - the author's encounter with Marilyn Monroe is particularly memorable - Slavitt turns a critic's eye toward questions of talent and art, while also tackling the difficult and universal questions of aging, relationships, and mortality.

Book information

ISBN: 9780810126244
Publisher: Northwestern University Press
Imprint: Northwestern University Press
Pub date:
Edition: 1
DEWEY: 791.430922
DEWEY edition: 22
Language: English
Number of pages: 165
Weight: 204g
Height: 129mm
Width: 202mm
Spine width: 14mm