By Mark Griffin
Drawing on greater than a hundred interviews with such icons as Kirk Douglas, Angela Lansbury, Lauren Bacall, Tony Curtis, and George Hamilton, Griffin turns the highlight at the enigmatic “elegant director,” revealing long-kept secrets and techniques on the middle of Minnelli’s genius.
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J. Perelman would write of Minnelli in 1937. Though who needed facts when you could slap a couple of coats of illusion over the unvarnished truth and create a little magic? Doing so seemed perfectly natural, as everybody in Lester Minnelli’s life was in the business of make-believe. “Vincente grew up in an atmosphere of grease paint and foot-lights,” his father once told a reporter. ) formed what was originally called the Minnelli Brothers Mighty Dramatic Company Under Canvas. Despite the epically proportioned name, it was a modestly budgeted traveling theater company with ten actors and about twenty crew members.
For as I had been told many years ago, to see yourself is to see forever. Lester Minnelli’s yearbook photo, Willis High School, 1921. PHOTO COURTESY OF BRENT CARSON (PHOTOGRAPHER UNKNOWN) 1 Delaware Days THERE WAS SOMETHING ABOUT THAT YEAR … 1903. It seemed too turn-of-the-century and antiquated, so later on, he would tell people that he was born in 1907, which sounded more modern and Jazz Age. ” The name on the Chicago birth certificate read “Lester Anthony Minnelli,” though that would change, too.
Fraser’s fourth apprentice. It was the best kind of window shopping. Lester and his fellow trimmers had their work cut out for them. As the Midwest’s largest department store, Marshall Field featured sixty-seven windows in need of dressing. The store’s meticulously designed window displays were unequaled and the envy of other retailers. Although Lester was disappointed that his new position didn’t allow him to be as creative as he’d hoped, it was at Marshall Field that “the Minnelli Touch” was born.
A Hundred or More Hidden Things: The Life and Films of Vincente Minnelli by Mark Griffin