Life Isn't Everything

Mike Nichols As Remembered By 103 Of His Closest Friends
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Author(s): Ash Carter, Sam Kashner
Original Publish Date: Nov 12, 2019
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Product Number: Z100147855
Released: Nov 12, 2019
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ISBN: #9781250299802
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"Superb narrators Stephen Bel Davies and Suzanne Toren make the listening informative and entertaining...A perfect vehicle for audio." — AudioFile Magazine An up close and personal portrait of a legendary filmmaker, theater director, and comedian, drawing on candid conversations with his closest friends in show business and the arts—from Dustin Hoffman and Meryl Streep to Natalie Portman and Lorne Michaels. The work of Mike Nichols pervades American cultural consciousness—from The Graduate and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? to Angels in America, The Birdcage, Working Girl, and Primary Colors, not to mention his string of hit plays, including Barefoot in the Park and The Odd Couple. If that weren't enough, he was also one half of the timelessly funny duo Nichols & May, as well as a founding member of the original improv troupe. Over a career that spanned half a century, Mike Nichols changed Hollywood, Broadway, and comedy forever. Most fans, however, know very little of the person behind it all. Since he never wrote his memoirs, and seldom appeared on television, they have very little sense of his searching intellect or his devastating wit. They don't know that Nichols, the great American director, was born Mikail Igor Peschkowsky, in Berlin, and came to this country, speaking no English, to escape the Nazis. They don't know that Nichols was at one time a solitary psychology student, or that a childhood illness caused permanent, life-altering side effects. They don't know that he withdrew into a debilitating depression before he "finally got it right," in his words, by marrying Diane Sawyer. Here, for the first time, Ash Carter and Sam Kashner offer an intimate look behind the scenes of Nichols' life, as told by the stars, moguls, playwrights, producers, comics and crewmembers who stayed loyal to Nichols for years. Life Isn't Everything is a mosaic portrait of a brilliant and original director known for his uncommon charm, wit, vitality, and genius for friendship, this volume is also a snapshot of what it meant to be living, loving, and making art in the 20th century.

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Author(s): Ash Carter, Sam Kashner
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"Director Mike Nichols (1931-2014) was a private man who didn't write his memoirs. However, Ash Carter and Sam Kashner, extracting from an enormous pool of letters, interviews, and conversations with Nichols's friends, family, and colleagues, have created a unique oral biography. Superb narrators Stephen Bel Davies and Suzanne Toren make the listening informative and entertaining. After his comedy work with Elaine May, Nichols is best known for such Broadway triumphs as BAREFOOT IN THE PARK and THE ODD COUPLE and for his renowned films like THE GRADUATE and ANGELS IN AMERICA. Citing the name of the contributor, then reading the remembrance, Davies and Toren present a fascinating look at the man, as told by those who knew him best. A perfect vehicle for audio. S.J.H. © AudioFile 2020, Portland, Maine"