The Kid Stays in the Picture: A Notorious Life
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Robert Evans' The Kid Stays in the Picture is universally recognized as the greatest, most outrageous, and most unforgettable show business memoir ever written. The basis of an award-winning documentary film, it remains the gold standard of Hollywood storytelling.
With black-and-white photographs from the author's archive and a new introduction by the legendary actor, producer, and Hollywood studio chief Robert Evans, The Kid Stays in the Picture is driven by a voice as charming and irresistible as any great novel.
An extraordinary raconteur, Evans spares no one, least of all himself. Filled with starring roles for everyone from Ava Gardner to Marlon Brando to Sharon Stone, The Kid Stays in the Picture: A Notorious Life is sharp, witty, and self-aggrandizing, and self-lacerating in equal measure.
This is a must-read for fans of American cinema and classics of the canon, including The Odd Couple, Rosemary’s Baby, Love Story, The Godfather, and Chinatown.
No. 1 on America’s Most Wanted List—to shack up with, that is. His name: Congressman Jack Kennedy, from Massachusetts. He was top honcho on every lady’s “heat list.” The more he broad-smiled, the wetter them panties got. He knew it, and they knew he knew it! Me, I was by far the youngest guy there. Miss Society quickly introduced us, but the congressman had little interest in talking with an aging teenager. Don’t blame him. Meanwhile, the eyes of every “debu-tramp” were on putter-putter, vying
new “shaveless” friend with, let’s say, more than a bit of skepticism. Poor Dino . . . from the moment our friendship began, he became an almost daily visitor to the church’s confessional booth. Blame me if you want, but I sure rocked his Ivy League world. Dino tried to rock mine, and rock it he did. He invited me to Bishop Stephen Donahue’s domicile. His Excellency was a close friend to the Cerutti family, who, naturally, were large contributors to the church. “This ain’t no domicile. It’s a
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premiere. My timing couldn’t have been worse. The North Vietnamese offensive had just begun. Naturally, he begged off. “Hello, this is Robert Evans. May I please speak to Dr. Kissinger?” “Dr. Kissinger is with the President, Mr. Evans. He’ll have to call you back.” “Have him call me as soon as possible, please. It’s urgent.” Quicker than a junior agent at the William Morris agency, within ten minutes, Kissinger was on the phone. “Bob, what’s the urgency?” “I need you in New York.” He
with the likes of me! With less than twenty-four hours till post time, I called for a full dress rehearsal. On inspection, I made them change the napkins, silverware, candles, and—oh yes—the food. After tasting it, I shook my head, “No, it’s too bland. Get me a new chef. A Sicilian.” Then I took on the orchestra leader. “Play The Godfather theme over and over until everyone is seated.” “But Mr. Evans—” “Don’t argue!” He didn’t. He knew I’d fire him. Finally, I gathered together the eighteen