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Inside Inside

3.69  ·  Rating Details  ·  354 Ratings  ·  81 Reviews
A REVEALING BEHIND-THE-SCENES PORTRAIT OF THE AWARD-WINNING TV SHOW INSIDE THE ACTORS STUDIO- AND ITS CREATOR AND HOST JAMES LIPTON

Each week Inside the Actors Studio takes the unique insights and intimate revelations of its celebrated guests into 84 million homes on the Bravo network and 125 countries. Now, with Inside Inside, James Lipton, the 2007 recipient of the Life
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Published 2008 (first published October 18th 2007)
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Pat
Aug 15, 2010 Pat rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is a struggle of a read. As a fan of the tv show Inside the Actor's Studio; I was excited to read this. However, Lipton's pedantic approach to over-telling a point has been a hurdle. Given that, the story of the origins of the Studio; as well as his personal history has been enlightening and his revealing stories of a wealth of actors, writers and directors is worth the sometimes convoluted trip.

As I continue, my previous feelings haven't changed. I find it ironic that he states early on in
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Lorie Singer
Dec 04, 2012 Lorie Singer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: actors, performers, television producers
Shelves: loved-it
A surprising and enjoyable book about a man you may think you know something about. James Lipton approached his autobiography with the same attention to detail that he uses when approaching an interview on Inside The Actor's Studio. Readers may know about his love of dance and flying, but they probably don't know about his difficult childhood, his time as a pimp or his many television producing firsts. This is a great read for people who enjoy the history of television production, the mechanics ...more
Margaret
Mar 27, 2009 Margaret rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’m slightly surprised to be giving this book four stars, but then, it was a slightly surprising read. Somehow it hadn’t occurred to me that the James Lipton I know as the host of Inside the Actors’ Studio - pedantic, ponderous, sycophantic, unctuous – might be in fact a highly developed and detailed character performance, carefully designed to get the optimum result from his guests. As it turns out, behind that persona there is (a) an extremely good sport (pace Will Ferrell) and (b) a brilliant ...more
Deborah Edwards
Those familiar with the show "Inside the Actor's Studio" will know the author of this book as the host of that show. The book's title suggests that we will encounter a book filled with the details of Lipton's discussions with the actors/directors/musicians he has interviewed over the years, and perhaps new details of their approach to craft. Several chapters do indeed deal with this subject matter and often the material offers rare insights that can be translated to any creative pursuit. As a po ...more
Devlin Scott
Oct 08, 2011 Devlin Scott rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-companions
Some readers thought this was supposed to be a 'tell all' about the Actors Studio and its guests. They may have been confused by the 'Inside, Inside' title. Anyone who has seen James Lipton's interviews should know that he isn't a gossip monger but, is actually in search of the creative process and how it is born and develops in his guests and students lives. This book is an excellent 'tell all' about his creative development throughout both his life and the guests and students he's encountered ...more
Lena
Sep 15, 2009 Lena rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir
James Lipton is the host of the Bravo network's Inside the Actor's Studio, a show in which performers and directors discuss their lives and craft. Inside Inside is Lipton's account of the events in his life that lead him to found the show and a reflection on some of the program's most memorable moments.

The subject matter of the book covers three primary sections. In the beginning, he discusses his relationship with the Actor's Studio and the founding of its Drama School, of which the show is a p
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Samb Hicks
Sep 23, 2015 Samb Hicks rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
James Lipton, you "lousy cork-soaker"! I love the TV show and started reading this book with the understanding that you were going to let me in on a few things, little bit here- little bit there; a nicey nice read, yes? But, you "fargin sneaky bastage", you! I start reading, and you let on with the show, and I'm enjoying. Then you start in with yourself and now I'm hooked. The way you are writing leaves no pause for respite, so I find myself taking in entire chapters at a sitting. And these are ...more
Bev
Mar 15, 2015 Bev rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I decided I have to review this book in three sections. I found it a little difficult to get into because the erudite Lipton can be rather pompously pedantic and I could not proceed at my usual lickity-split pace. But once I slowed down and began to savor the writing and immerse myself in Lipton's own incredibly varied story, and learn about Stanislavsky, "The Method," and the foundation of The Actors' Studio, I was hooked and could not put the book down. My journal entries reflect a delight in ...more
Blythe McGarvie
Jan 22, 2015 Blythe McGarvie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rarely does a book live up to expectations. This book blew me away. I met James Lipton two years ago and was curious how he explores each of his guests' lives prior to his TV show Inside the Actor's Studio. I also wanted to learn more about his life that makes him so charming and intelligent. He spends two weeks creating 300 to 500 cards learning about a person, watching their films and preparing for his teaching class, aka, the show. I learned about his adventurous life-- living in Paris, worki ...more
Meg Goertzen
Jan 25, 2009 Meg Goertzen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Actors, Directors, Playwrights, Theatre/Film Lovers
As an actor, I found this book invaluable.

Anyone who has see "Inside the Actors Studio" is familiar with James Lipton the interviewer, but this book reveals James Lipton the person, and his incredibly exciting life. It does not solely serve as his autobiography, however; through the stories of his life Lipton chronicles the forming of The Actors Studio and along with it the Masters program associated with it. He includes wonderful accounts of working with some of the most prominent acting teach
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Travis McClain
Jan 22, 2011 Travis McClain rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Like many people, I was largely familiar with James Lipton from his hosting duties on Bravo's Inside the Actors Studio series and sporadic appearances on Late Nite with Conan O'Brien. I've long prided myself on my vocabulary, so Lipton has existed for me on a particularly high pedestal; he's one of those few people who bandy about uncommon words with such ease that it does not feel pretentious or condescending. It's rare enough to find someone who will challenge the anti-intellectual strain of t ...more
jill
Feb 09, 2010 jill rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir
My edition of An Exaltation of Larks lacks a group term for "anecdote," and, since this book proves the necessity of having one, I am inventing my own. James Lipton's life has provided him with a coma of anecdotes.

This results in some very interesting stories but also an eye-roll of name dropping. (Making these up is so much fun!) When the stories are good, they are very very good, but Lipton seems reluctant to leave anyone out. I'm not sure James Lipton has met any young people that are not hi
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Bev Sykes
Jul 26, 2008 Bev Sykes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I decided I have to review this book in three sections. I found it a little difficult to get into because the erudite Lipton can be rather pompously pedantic and I could not proceed at my usual lickety-split pace. But once I slowed down and began to savor the writing and immerse myself in Lipton's own incredibly varied story, and learn about Stanislavsky, "The Method," and the foundation of The Actors' Studio, I was hooked and could not put the book down. My journal entries reflect a delight in ...more
Lani
Oct 27, 2009 Lani rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Favorite James Lipton facts:
- He's married to Miss Scarlet.
- He was a pimp in France.
- He was a nationally competitive equestrian.

This is a pretty difficult book to review... The first third of the book is largely about Lipton's pre-Bravo career. I suppose if I knew more about earlier eras of film and the entertainment industry this could have been fascinating. But I find Method acting to be irritating - successful or not, its practitioners are always annoying as hell. The occasional snippet fro
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Robyn
Jun 01, 2015 Robyn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I ALMOST put this book down until I read a couple pages ahead, then had to backtrack. The first couple of chapters are about his life and though interesting, he throws in too many big words and tends to repeat himself. It gets more interesting when he gets into talking about the celebrities who have crossed his stage.

I came away with the impression that Mr.Lipton is a very kind and compassionate man. I recommend that you stick with the book and you will be rewarded.
Laurel Wicke
Mar 16, 2014 Laurel Wicke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So if you watch Inside the Actor's Studio on Bravo, you know Mr. Lipton comes off as a super formal, uptight, dare I say...know it all? I did. I said it. Not that I don't like him. There's just an air about him, right? Turns out he is maybe the most fascinating individual you may ever meet. No kidding. He has been, done, seen, written things that are beyond the scope of one person. Found this book truly interesting and couldn't put it down.
Emily
Jun 02, 2012 Emily rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you have an interest in the performing arts, it's hard to hate this book. James Lipton has actively pursued many areas of the arts and this book pays homage to all those memories before the landslide of INSIDE THE ACTOR'S STUDIO stories are told. On the other hand, if you can't get into his humble/stuffy voice, it might not be for you.

This was a bedside book for me for the last year, and I'm really glad it was. I can't imagine having to read this in a hurry--skimming over it would lose all t
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Mike
Sep 09, 2009 Mike rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The most interesting part of this book is found in all of the ideas and quotes of Lipton's self-professed "Heroes": the actors who have appeared on his show and revealed their emotional guts to students and a nation of TV watchers.

The least interesting part of this book, (unfortunately much larger in comparison), is all of the name-dropping, self-important bloviating by the author.

Lipton's prose style is about as freewheeling as a loaded train in a swamp bog- just about the last way you want to
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Nick
Mar 13, 2008 Nick rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Who was James Lipton before he became known to millions as the incredibly pompous questioner on Inside the Actors' Studio? He was a ballet dancer, an actor in soaps and on Broadway, a writer and producer of soaps, a producer of presidential galas and Bob Hope specials, an expert on veneral terms, and a pimp. He has apparently met, slept with, or had a drink with every single famous person you've ever heard of. And he's been in really embarrassing positions with most of them -- or they have with ...more
Bruce Henderson
Jun 14, 2013 Bruce Henderson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography
Not an easy book to get into, but well worth sticking with. The organization is hard to follow at first, definitely not linear in any way. Of course, the excerpts from Inside the Actors Studio, which are found mainly in the latter half of the book, are fascinating and revealing of the actor's craft, and I recall many of them from being a longtime fan of the show. But the story of Lipton's life is incredible in itself. Here is someone who has followed his own path, lived life to the fullest and i ...more
Tomoaki
Nov 30, 2012 Tomoaki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was quite some time ago when I was watching the show, Inside the Actors Studio.

From the title of the book, most people think the book is more like behind the story of the program and I thought so too. Of course, yes it is but half of it is not. The first half of the book is memoir of James Lipton, the creator and host of the show. I actually did not know much about who James Lipton is and now I know who he is.

The first part of the book is rather difficult to read through since his writing st
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Christine H
Nov 18, 2009 Christine H rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bios-and-memoirs
Lipton is so endearingly prolix that you can't help but be lulled by the rhythm of his words! Inside Inside makes me appreciate actors, writers, and directors so much more. Lipton observes how in no other occupation does a person set him/herself up for rejection countless times every year as in the performing arts. How poignant! How true! As the pages I had yet to read kept reducing in number, I had to fight my eagerness to read quickly (because the information was just so intoxicating!) with ...more
Pam
Mar 14, 2012 Pam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Pam Knox
Jul 12, 2013 Pam Knox rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not quite the book I was expecting, but interesting none the less. More of an autobiography (at least the first half) and less about the program itself. Also, background of the New School and how the Actors' Studio came about and what it was and the "method". It is organized by subject matter rather than chronological so I got mixed up a bit about what was happening when. If you are more familiar than I am about theater and James Lipton's personal history, it probably makes more sense. If you de ...more
Barry Bridges
Jun 08, 2014 Barry Bridges rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In his own humble pretentious way, James Lipton reveals his delight in his job and takes us along for a revealing ride through his creation - a fascinating read about a fascinating show.
Carolyn
Jan 16, 2016 Carolyn rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
You know how when you read a biography and you think to yourself, wow, this person really overcame something difficult, or accomplished a lot, and i'm impressed? Well, this book is nothing like that. James Lipton is so impressed with himself there's no room for your admiration. He's a name dropper of the first order, but not in the charming, self-effacing way of a Dominick Dunne, for example. He actually has an entire paragraph in the first chapter where he just lists famous people.

There is som
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Rachel
Feb 18, 2008 Rachel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an interesting book and a fast read. It is amazing what Mr. Lipton has done in his life and who he knows. Almost the entire arts world is HIS world. The language leaves lots to be desired. He quotes many actors who he defines as 'potty mouths' and he's not kidding about that! He himself doesn't have the cleanest language (not in the writing; when he's quoting himself) which really surprises me. I guess I'm pretty simple thinking that people who are so immersed in great literature and the ...more
Bunny
Jan 15, 2009 Bunny rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-09
I really really enjoyed this book. For fans of ItAS, they might not have enjoyed the celebrity interview tidbits as much as I did, because I haven't seen a lot of the interviews he talked about. It's also really nice to see his personal take on things, and what happened in the green room.

Unlike the other reviewers, I really enjoyed the personal stuff. James Lipton seems like a guy I'd like to have a conversation with. Though some of the words he used in this book made my eyes cross. Semihemidemi
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Linda
Apr 23, 2009 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Linda by: started over 1-21-09 (originally 5-19-08 to 6-4-08 when I left i
Shelves: cmpl
A wonderful memoir by James Lipton, host of Inside the Actor's Studio on Bravo. Lipton's life has been truly blessed - and he realizes it. He left his native Detroit to become a lawyer. Obviously, he never got there, but the detours he has taken along the way have made the man and the show what they are. What you see IS what you get. James Lipton reads the way James Lipton appears on screen. If you like seeing him, you will enjoy reading him. He is an intelligent, multi-faceted, altruistic human ...more
Judi Little
Sep 23, 2008 Judi Little rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Judi by: jlittle4@mchsi.com
If you are expecting a tell all book about celebrities interviewed by James Lipton on Bravo's Actor's Studio...don't read this book. This is more of an autobiography of James Lipton's life. And how and why the school was started and how the show developed from there. He is pompous, verbose and jumps around some- I ended up keeping a dictionary at hand. But he is a fascinating person who has lived an incredible life. He has a wonderful loving relationship with his wife, has a fabulous sense of hu ...more
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James Lipton is an American writer, poet, and dean emeritus of the Actors Studio Drama School in New York City. He is the executive producer, writer and host of the Bravo cable television series, Inside the Actors Studio, which debuted in 1994. He is also a pilot and a member of AOPA.
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