Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool: A True Story
On 29 September 1981, Peter Turner received a phone call that would change his life. His former lover, Hollywood actress Gloria Grahame, had collapsed in a Lancaster hotel and was refusing medical attention. He had no choice but to take her into his chaotic and often eccentric family's home in Liverpool.
A born-and-bred Liverpudlian, Turner had first set eyes on Grahame wh...more
So what does the goddess eat, think about, say? It's all here--sadness and reality intermingling, everything from th ...more
What disturbs me about the book is how self-centered ...more
Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool and be slightly hard to follow; sometimes the story is in Liverpool and sometimes it switches to New York or California without any segueway. The stream-of ...more
I am interested in how they manage to turn this into a movie. will have to check the movie out if library has it!
3.5 out of 5 stars
I won this book from GoodReads and then quite by coincidence, I watched The Bad and the Beautiful last weekend. That movie is the movie that Gloria Grahame won her Oscar for. She was quite the actress and a name that probably a lot of people don’t know about. I think you might remember her from Oklahoma! as Ado Annie. (a role that she wasn’t thrilled with because she really couldn’t sing) This book tells the story of her very last days. S ...more
This could have been an engaging story, however it is badly written, uneven, and at times dull. Turner seems to give a lot of weight to irrelevant and boring details, and only briefly mentions things that could have made the book more interesting such as holidays with Gloria, the two of them spending time with her fa ...more
I've read some critical reviews in which people have said that Turner comes across as very self-centered and selfish and that there should have been more of a focus on Grahame's personal life and her career. I think Turner's depiction of himself at a v ...more
In 1980, Grahame was diagnosed with breast cancer, which she refused to treat. Instead of telling Turner, she broke up w ...more
There is a lot to like in this different, unusual, provocative, melancholic motion picture about some of the life of Gloria Grahame.
Gloria Grahame is a former star, who has won the Academy Award for her performance in The Bad and the Beautiful, opposite Kirk Douglas and in competition with other formidable actresses, from features like Singin’ in the Rain, Moulin rouge and Come Back, Little Sheba.
In her role, we have another Deity ...more
Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool is an autobiographical account of the last days of the actress Gloria Grahame, told by her erstwhile partner, Peter Turner. They had a relationship for around three years which ends prior to a phone call from Lancaster, where she has been acting in a play to say that she is gravely ill. Tu ...more
In an afterword to the book he wrote 30 years prior in 1986, Peter Turner is able to answer some of the questions that could not be answered in the book itself. In 1986, there were things he didn't know - mainly regarding Gloria Grahame's mysterious way of handling the cancer that had returned to her.
Turner's book has little to say about Grahame's Hollywood career. Her films are mentioned and a bit is said about her roles in them. But, as Turner ...more
I’m afraid I found the author to be a self-centred sap to his friend and former lover, the actress, Gloria Grahame (It’s a Wonderful Life, The Greatest Show on Earth, Oklahoma). Some years after Grahame had the sense to ditch him in America, she came to England to act in a play, and Turner took her under his wing and to his parents’ home in Liverpool when she became seriously ill. Basically, he left his family to take care of Gloria whilst he whined, wallowed in se ...more
A late 20ish actor gets involved with a famous, Oscar-winning actress, Gloria Grahame. Turner's memoir concerns her stay at his family's house in Liverpool during her dying day ...more
Turner’s autobiographical account of his tryst with Gloria Grahame is the ultimately sad story of Hollywood’s devaluation of age and how, for female actors in particular, physical demise can be career destroy ...more
I was drawn to reading this book for two reasons, one as a classic movie fan and secondly, the front cover notation, "Soon being made into a motion picture". In truth, I had never heard of Gloria Grahame. However, after discovering she won an Academy Award in the book blurb, the book became all the more appealing to me.
This is a short book, 170 pages, that takes place during the film star's final days having reached out to her former lover (the author), a London actor living i ...more