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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6 Though who was I to go rummaging around in somebody else’s life? Especially when that someone had been so guarded and self-protective? Then I reread Minnelli’s 1974 autobiography, I Remember It Well, and came to regard the title as something of a challenge. In Gigi, Maurice Chevalier croons a wistful tune by the same name, in which he misremembers some of his romantic interludes. By borrowing the title of the song, Minnelli seemed to be winking at the reader—these are the memoirs of a notoriously forgetful man.
Of their make-up. ”12 At a very young age, Lester began displaying some legitimate artistic talent. It wasn’t long before his doodles morphed into designs. As Minnelli would recall years later, “The fact that my father and uncle owned the show made it possible for me, at an early age, to make suggestions for settings and costumes… . My proudest moment was when my mother wore a costume that was made up of about 75 percent from my rough design and suggestions. ”13 WHEN THE MINNELLIS WEREN’T OUT bringing culture to the provinces or getting on or off a Pullman car, their home base (and winter headquarters) was Delaware, Ohio.
19 If his days in Delaware happened to be uneventful or unkind, Lester’s glittering inner world was always waiting. Real life—with its Catholic guilt, strict discipline, and feelings that never seemed to fit—could always give way to an alternate universe, one that was fantastic, exotic, and drenched in color. A daydreamer without equal, he’d imagine himself carousing in Rudyard Kipling’s barracks or sailing aboard a pirate ship bound for the Spanish Main. Or he might spend an afternoon sketching in his father’s chicken coop.
A Hundred or More Hidden Things: The Life and Films of Vincente Minnelli by Mark Griffin