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Luck and Circumstance: A Coming of Age in Hollywood, New York, and Points Beyond

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From acclaimed director Michael Lindsay-Hogg (The Normal Heart, The Beatles’ Let It Be, Brideshead Revisited, The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus, etc.), son of glamorous Warner’s movie star Geraldine Fitzgerald: a magical dreamscape memoir of his boyhood, coming-of-age, and making his way in the worlds of theater, film, and television.
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ebook, 288 pages
Published September 27th 2011 by Knopf (first published January 1st 2011)
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Dec 20, 2011 Sull rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sull by: Library find
VERY readable, & quite strange book. The tone, structure, & layers of the story are determined by the central mystery: who was ML-H's father? His mother kept the secret--though she almost told him several times, in several ways. And he himself almost guessed, due to all the clues around & in him. In the end, it was an old friend of his mother's (who became his lover, in a peculiar, semi-incestuous twist) who told him the truth, the plain truth, long after most of the other players in ...more
Aug 14, 2011 Martin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Knew Michael when he lived near me a few years ago, a very nice guy. Really enjoyed this book, I hope some day he writes more about his film work. This concentrates on his personal life and it's fascinating, Michael really has lived a full life.
Susan Frances
Director/producer Michael Lindsay-Hogg grabbles with whether famed Hollywood actor/director Orson Welles sired him. In his autobiography “Luck and Circumstances: A Coming of Age in Hollywood, New York and Points Beyond,“ the 71 year old director/producer retraces the steps of his childhood to discover if there were signs that indicated Welles was indeed his father. The resemblance in Hogg’s photo as a teenager and that of Welles is uncanny. They could be brothers.

The son of film and Broadway ac
Markus Innocenti
Fascinating memoir by the Film/TV/Stage director who, for years, was rumored to be the offspring of an affair between Orson Welles and actress Geraldine Fitzgerald ("Wuthering Heights", "Dark Victory").

What is truly wonderful about this book, is the way in which Lindsay-Hogg allows his memory to randomly reveal the story. At moments it's rather like the non-linear editing of a music video (which, given that he directed The Beatles and The Rolling Stones for years, is no surprise). This random re
Aug 05, 2014 Lydia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The son of a Hollywood star, he's dragged around to famous people's living rooms throughout his childhood and, as the conceit would have it, makes it as a successful TV and movie director due to "luck and circumstance." I don't think so, and this charming self effacement is just annoying. I don't need to read a business biography here but the focus on his identity (is he or is he not Orson Welles' illegimate son? you will have to wait to the second-to-last page to find out) feels like he's follo ...more
Jul 16, 2015 Allyson rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I almost did not even post this as hate being mean. Also wanted to give only one star but I didn't dislike it so much as thought it was boring. I cannot believe people actually enjoyed this. I thought the writing poor, the Orson Wells paternity story line so poorly exposed and evaluated throughout the book, I was more irritated than anything.
I expected him to be an interesting man and perhaps he is, but not as revealed in his words here. Despite the many people he met and interacted with, he ca
Feb 08, 2012 Elizabeth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good read for anyone who likes bios on film & stage greats, this is a well-written memoir by the son of actress Geraldine Fitzgerald and his serch for the truth on his biological father - his years of rumor haunting him that he was the bastard son of Orson Welles. Love that he was the lover of both Jean Marsh and Gloria Vanderbilt (not bad, eh?) and partial director of the Brit tellie version of Brideshead Revisited, director of The Beatles' film Let It Be & many a Rolling Stone music ...more
Dale Stonehouse
As memoirs go, this one is different in that the author refrains from analyzing every major event, just stating what happened. His writing style at times is to hint at events or facts, which takes some getting used to. The major theme of the book, determining who in fact was his biological father, has a few unexpected twists as life passages are reached. An interesting life influenced at every turn by his mother, actress Geraldine Fitzgerald.
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Feb 10, 2012 False Millennium rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you're going to write a memoir, at least have some famous names to drop, and he surely does. He is actually kind to Yoko One, but one is still left with the impression she was a real chimera to a much more passive John. These women get their claws in and they will not let matter how bad it gets. You want a mistress? Sure. Go ahead....the clink of counting gold in the background.
Dec 20, 2011 Kristin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Luck and Circumstance is more than just another showbiz tell-all. It’s a story about family, dreams, and a search for identity.

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Louise Brown
Childhood among stars. Rumor that Orson Welles was father.
Memoir by the son of Hollywood star Geraldine Fitzgerald, he grew up with the rumor that his father was Orson Welles.
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