The Kid Stays in the Picture
The fascinating rise, fall and rise again of legendary producer Robert Evans. This is one life story you'll never forget: a kid actor in New york on radio plays...popularizing "women in pants" at Evan-Picone...being discovered poolside at the Beverly Hills Hotel by Norma Shearer...becoming the first actor to ever run a motion pic...more
Robert Evans went from a vague business career, to modest fame as an actor, to become one of the great Hollywood power players of the 60's and 70's. He headed Paramount or worked closely with the studio during the making of Love Story, Rosemary's Baby, The Godfather, Chinatown, Popeye, and a host of others.
He's got fantastic stories, and a singular voice (figuratively and ...more
There's a lot ...more
Never a dull moment in this humdinger of a read, the book roars through the 60s, 70s through a haze of psychedelic creativity ("Love Story," "The Godfather," "Chinatown, ...more
I remember wondering how I would burn one of those Audible.com trial memberships that have been floating around. So what does Kim do? He adds Robert Evans's The Kid Stays in the Picture to his cart and signs up. Pain ...more
Evans seems drawn to the dark even though he has been bronzed by the sun his whole life. As Head of Production at Paramount he oversaw Barefoot in the Park, The Odd Couple, Rosemary's Baby, Tr ...more
Evans writes how I assume he speaks. There's a constant jumpiness, as if he's completely coked out, flitting from thought to thought. He made his life ...more
Robert Evans has lived about 30 lifetimes and he keeps going. Most notable of being a major producer (chinatown, the godfather, rosemary's baby, harold and maude) and running paramount, going bankrupt and making it all back.
You'll love it if you are in awe of people like Warren B ...more
Very entertaining, but alas the author has such a big ego that it interferes with the joy of reading this book
Until near the end, this book has offered an extremely entertaining and informative read, especially for a fan of the movies.
The reader learns so much about various deals, inside jokes, rude and mean characters, but also delightful people.
We are told from the start about the journey of one of the best movies of all time- The Godfather- in whic ...more
To give you a taste: Did I read this book? You bet I did. Did I like it? Does a brand-new baby crap his pants? Would I recommend this book to friends? Baby, if you have to ask, you ain't been listening.
This book is horrible and I have no idea why i r ...more
The one truth, however, that can't be denied to Evans are the films he produced and his influence on the quality of those films. Strangely, many of his biggest films a ...more