A Fortunate Life

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 FortuA 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 Fortunate Life, he describes some of the one of a kind experiences he s enjoyed in his celebrated career A Fortunate Life reveals the details of his early years in Hollywood, when he found himself appearing as often in the gossip magazines as on screen, and he recounts insider stories about such legendary figures as Judy Garland, Bette Davis, Charlton Heston, Oliver Reed, Jason Robards, Richard Harris, Yul Brynner, Elizabeth Taylor, and many Vaughn s work in The Young Philadelphians, The Magnificent Seven, Superman III, and many other films won kudos from critics and peers alike Worldwide recognition came when he starred in the smash hit series The Man from U.N.C.L.E and he vividly describes the extraordinary experience of becoming, quite suddenly, one of the world s brightest stars Vaughn warmly recalls his romances with stars like Natalie Wood and his adventures with friends like Steve McQueen and James Coburn, but equally important was his involvement in the politics of the 1960s The first actor to publicly speak out against the war in Vietnam, he served as national chairman of Dissenting Democrats, the largest antiwar organization in the U.S He gave hundreds of speeches denouncing the war, debated William F Buckley on national TV, and helped persuade his friend Robert F Kennedy to run for president in 1968 only to see the race end in tragedy With a wealth of moving, wonderfully entertaining and often jaw dropping stories from the worlds of acting and politics, A Fortunate Life is a must read for fans of Robert Vaughn and anyone who wants a glimpse behind the scenes of classic Hollywood.
A Fortunate Life 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

  • Title: A Fortunate Life
  • Author: Robert Vaughn
  • ISBN: 9780312371128
  • Page: 382
  • Format: Hardcover
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    1. A Fortunate Life by Robert VaughnI 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 " [...]

    2. 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 [...]

    3. 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.

    4. A Fortunate LifeIn his entertaining, gossipy, and eminently readable memoir, Robert Vaughn admits at the outset that he 19ll drop names, and he does. Names of people he got drunk with, had sex with, and even acted with. His stories are well-told and frequently ribald. When he does wax abstractly philosophical in the middle of the book, he mercifully ends the offending chapter by assuring the reader that he won 19t do it again, and he doesn 19t.Reading a memoir always makes me wonder whether and [...]

    5. A sparkling gem of a book, written with wit and eloquence. Vaughn was evidently a highly intelligent, literate, vivacious, and caring man and it was a pleasure to read about his life.

    6. Having read Vaughn's Only Victims, his dissertation/book about the effects of the blacklist on theater and film, and having heard Vaughn speak with articulate specificity and knowledge about Vietnam (on various broadcasts including the infamous "Fireline" episode with William Buckley, which he discusses here), I was disappointed with this glib and sketchy memoir. It reads as if it was dictated off the cuff without much reflection, although at times I felt he was trying to imitate Christopher Plu [...]

    7. 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 genui [...]

    8. Having been a fan of the show in the 60s, and revisiting it while watching "The Man from U.N.C.L.E." DVDs, I was inspired to read Robert Vaughn's autobiography. Having taken up the "family business" of acting, from recitation of "Hamlet" as a young boy to various roles in school, college, local theater productions, Vaughn landed his signature role of "Napoleon Solo". There is no deprecation of it's influence on his life as is sometimes prevalent in show business bios as he viewed it as a basical [...]

    9. Easy to read. RV comes across as a precocious snit in his far younger days - but raised by a theatrical mother who wanted her only child to be an actor, I guess that was inevitable! Enjoyable memoir of his career, taking in the early days of tv, 50s Hollywood, the theatre etc. A nice snapshot of what its like to be a big star with all that goes with it back in the day. Not a heavy read but its a "star's memoir", designed to be picked up and put down! The story does jump back and forth a bit and [...]

    10. What a fascinating book. Not your usual Hollywood autobiography, there is much more to Mr Vaughn then meets the eye. A committed and jobbing actor, anti-war activist, investigative reporter, political player and a damn good writer. There was me thinking I was going to read about The Man from U.N.C.L.E and Napoleon Solo and The Magnificent 7 and the likes (which is included) but ended up enjoying a very interesting read about Vietnam, The Presidential elections, conspiracy theories, the invasion [...]

    11. A mix of goals; a light description of his life, but not a lot of detail on his emotions or solid relationships - many names, places, films and people, but not a lot of meat on any of them. Quite a lot of acting methodology and advice, which was interesting and I enjoyed. A lot of politics, which was a mixed bag. His description of the "horrible year" of 1968, with the death of Bobby Kennedy and the rise of Nixon, felt very much like many of our 2016 election feelings - a sense of loss of what c [...]

    12. An entertaining autobiography Robert Vaughn - best known for The Magnificent Seven, Bullitt and The Man from U.N.C.L.E.A very varied life story which wanders from amusingly innocent anecdotes (getting drunk with other actors) to serious world events (the Vietnam War, invasion and assassinations).It felt like it could have done with a better edit – but the rambling structure is probably just a reflection of the actor’s life.

    13. 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.

    14. I picked up this book to learn about Robert Vaughn and his television role on The Man From U.N.C.L.E. I was pleasantly surprised to read a great account of his family roots in Minnesota and his early career and his love of Shakespeare. Definitely worth reading especially if interested in learning about the production of theatre, television and film in the early-mid 1960s.

    15. a really good read with good info about history and film stars, and tried to explain americas involvement in vietnam which i knew nothing about.

    16. A wonderfully written autobiography, at times hilariously funny and sometimes sad. Robert Vaughn was not just a talented actor but an anti-war activist and spokesman.

    17. Equally erudite and hysterically funny, Robert Vaughn describes a life that was not just fortunate but unfailingly interesting.

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