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A Fortunate Life

3.78 of 5 stars 3.78  ·  rating details  ·  46 ratings  ·  8 reviews
A remarkable and delightful memoir of a life spent in the uppermost circles of acting, politics, and the world

Robert Vaughn was born an actor. His family worked in the theater for generations, and he knew from the very start that he would join them. In his fifty-year career, Vaughn has made his mark in roles on stage, in film, and on television the world over. In A Fortuna
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published October 14th 2008 by Thomas Dunne Books
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A Fortunate Life is well written, penetrating and hilarious, too. Vaughn is an actor who worked with all the big names during Hollywood's golden age and stage legends such as Gielgud and Olivier, not to mention being the Man from UNCLE. He writes brilliantly on Hamlet and stage theory a la Chekov and Stanislavsky, so I think that heatre buffs will love this. He's also had a lifelong interest in politics and gives us his take on the crucial watersheds of American involvement abroad in the 20th ce ...more
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I wish that Mr. Vaughn wrote fiction. His prose is that good. It's smooth, articulate and entertaining. This is not a "kiss and tell" by any stretch of the imagination, although there is a laid back telling of a few tales. He remains a gentleman throughout and treats his ladies as Ladies. No, this book is more a homage to his parents and grandparents and the good basis they gave him. But that is hardly all it is, either. Our Man From U.N.C.L.E. is far more than "
Robert Vaughn has had a long and successful acting career. As well as being The Man from U.N.C.L.E., he was also one of The Magnificent Seven, and in more recent times, was a main cast member on the BBC show Hustle. But in addition to such achievements, he has also starred in countless other films, and appeared on stage many times. In this book, he describes his life, from his childhood with a mother and step-father who were also actors, to his unconventional adolescence, to his ascension to gen ...more
More than just "The Man From U.N.C.L.E" and one of "The Magnificent Seven," Vaughn grew up in a showbiz family and truly became a man of his times. One of the first in Hollywood to speak out and get involved in the anti-war movement and a fairly close observer of the Kennedy clan, Vaughn's autobiography is fast-paced and entertaining.
NOT the same book as the one on my list by AB Facey (the book I meant to check out). I know Robert Vaughn only from the show "Hustle" (which show I like). But you'd have to really love this guy to like the book. Could only make it through 100 pages (and only got that far cause it was the only book I had while stuck in the hospital). Blah.
Well written book with some interesting insights on Hollywood, politics, and the 60's and 70's.
Very good read. Humorous, revealing and for the most part it felt true.
Neil Davies
Fascinating, amusing and well written autobiography.
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