Written by his wife of twenty years, The Magnificent Elmer is the first book about Elmer Bernstein, a seminal figure of movie music. He wrote music for more than two hundred films, including the scores for The Great Escape, The Magnificent Seven, The Man with the Golden Arm, and True Grit, to name a few. In this book, Elmer's former wife Pearl tells in vivid anecdotes of their move from a fifth-floor Manhattan walk-up to the red carpets of Hollywood "not a timely move, as Joe McCarthy was at the peak of his powers and the studios were in their death throes. Pearl participated in the ups and downs of Joe McCarthy, Will Hays, and Otto Preminger and here presents an array of Hollywood's leading men, warts and all, from Sinatra to Odets, DeMille to Elmer's eponymous rival, Leonard Bernstein.
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"The former wife of the Golden Globe- and Academy Award-winning film, television, and theatrical music composer Elmer Bernstein tells a loving, sincere, and provocative story of their lives together. The author is a retired attorney who gave piano lessons as a sideline. Her story is wry and witty--although her humor occasionally falls flat or misses its mark. Narrator Lorna Raver is an excellent choice for the portrayal of a "woman of a certain age" with a profoundly "New York" assertiveness. Each chapter is amusingly brief and to the point. The audiobook is simply a series of affectionate reminiscences. As intended, there is but the briefest of early life biographical detail of either of the Bernsteins. This is vintage Hollywood champagne for the earbuds. W.A.G. © AudioFile 2015, Portland, Maine"
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